"I was drawn to standup because of my dad; it was something he greatly admired," explains comedian Tom Rhodes, adding, "Also, I thought the best-dressed people on TV were pimps and standup comedians, and because I do not possess the ability to bring harm to women, I chose comedy." The almost supernaturally laid-back comic has two Comedy Central specials under his belt, but his most high-profile gig was a short-lived NBC sitcom in the mid-'90s in which he played a failed novelist teaching at a private school. It wasn't a good show, he points out, but "they did give me a big bag of money to dry my tears with." Not unlike books, universal healthcare, and weed, Rhodes is big in Europe—he just returned from a weeks-long tour of the Continent, and for two years during the Bush administration he lived in Amsterdam, where he hosted a late-night talk show. "It was one of the best experiences of my life because I got to experience Dutch culture, and I was told that I portrayed a positive example of an American when Europeans desperately needed to see one." 18+.
Nov. 17-21, 8 p.m.; Nov. 20-21, 10:30 p.m., 2009