Comedian Drew Hastings once chased the bright lights of Hollywood, but left SoCal long ago. "I have a farm about 50 miles east of Cincinnati," he says. "I pretty much go straight from there to the Cincinnati airport and fly out." Drier than most comics, he describes his performances as a look at the human condition, with himself as an example. "I tend to be one of those people who think we are our own worst enemy, and that's the biggest thing we have to overcome." Though he dabbled in it before, these days he tends to stay away from politics. "The problem is, when you go onstage and do something that's kind of more conservatively oriented, you alienate one half of the room," he explains. "And if you do anything that's more liberally oriented you alienate the other half." Instead, he keeps it relatable, but still very clever. One of his latest gripes is about how people try to put animals on equal footing with human beings. "In the last 10 years, it's gotten so out of control and hood-winked the American public," he says. "They're always talking about saving homeless dogs and cats. In a perfect dog/cat world they'd want to be homeless. That's why you have to put them on a leash and put a fence around the yard. What they want is to be homeless." 18+; 21+ later shows.
May 5-9, 8 p.m.; May 7-8, 10:30 p.m., 2010