Utah-born comedian Bengt Washburn has lived in Germany for a year and a half now, and he says he's still barely any closer to learning the language than the day he arrived—he just can't find the motivation. "I did six months of intensive German for two thousand bucks, and I speak like a three-year-old with a speech impediment. If I was a young man learning French, I could use it to get laid. But nobody's getting laid with German. Not even Germans." The soft-spoken, sharp-witted Washburn turned expat solely to be with his wife, "the mother of my child, my soul mate, and the source of my health insurance," who's stationed there on an Air Force base. The move has been great for his act, he says, inspiring him to write a whole new show, which he'll be recording all week at Acme to be released as his fourth CD, Bengt Over in Europe. Though already a prolific and urbane writer, Washburn credits the change in culture and scenery for the flood of new material. Living in Europe, he says, "makes you realize you thought you were open and wide and broad in what you thought and said, but you're not. They have a better perspective on fame. Over here we worship fame. Over there they're like, 'Yeah, there's a statue of a famous person over there, and the pigeons shit on his face every day.' Their history brings them down to earth." 18+.
Sept. 7-11, 8 p.m.; Sept. 10-11, 10:30 p.m., 2010