Comedian Dwight Slade has appeared in two shorts and a feature film since his performance at Acme last winter. The movie work, as well as his time spent developing and shooting a pilot for ABC that never took off, has convinced him that acting "is the hardest performing art there is." Standup comedy is sometimes touted as the toughest job is showbiz, but Slade dismisses that. "You know how if you ever watch a guy on a unicycle juggling you think, 'How the hell is that possible?' And truly, if you tried it you would fail over and over. But eventually, if you do it enough, you get the hang of it. A lot of it is tricks." Easy for Slade to say—he's one of the most talented comics in the country, a performer equally adept with subtle verbal manipulations and broad physicality. His dedication to craft has earned him a reputation as one of the most respected comedians in the business, a performer who maintains a clarity of vision yet can connect with just about anybody. His latest album, Evil Monkey, is on Minneapolis's own Stand-Up! Records, and his new double-DVD Right and Raunch features two full headlining sets: one TV-clean and bathroom-wall-graffiti dirty. Catch Slade during his week-long run at Acme and see him make the seemingly impossible look easy. 18+.
March 9-13, 8 p.m.; March 12-13, 10:30 p.m., 2010