David Cross isn't just funny, he's funny doing everything. He's made memorable contributions to comedy in nearly all its forms, from sketch to standup to both big- and small-screen acting. His turn as the cluelessly closeted Tobias Fünke on the late, lamented Arrested Development gave him actual fame, but he was long an underground comedy icon thanks to the underappreciated Mr. Show with Bob and David, which projected the cerebral silliness of Monty Python through an indie-rock sensibility. Now he can add "author" to his list of credits with the release of his first book, I Drink for a Reason (Grand Central Publishing), an intentionally light but multifaceted collection of humorous essays and short pieces. Cross the actor and sketch performer is prone to flights of absurdity, while his standup is hilariously caustic. Drink showcases both his playfulness and his laser-guided rancor in chapters that alternate between actual ruminations and goofy asides (see "Involuntary Random Thoughts I've Had Not Always When I Was Pooing, but Certainly Sometimes When I Was Pooing"). It also, as he points out, puts him in league with "Voltaire or Sue Grafton or Tim LaHaye." Cross will double-dip on his visit to Minneapolis Monday, doing a free signing at the University of Minnesota Bookstore (300 Washington Ave. SE; 612.625.6000) at 4 p.m., followed by a standup show at the State Theatre.
Mon., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2009