Few comics of this era—or any era—are as wonderfully distinctive as Emo Philips. The lanky funnyman for years sported a Prince Valliant haircut and a faraway stare into some alternate universe where he culled his strange, cerebral jokes, which he then would deliver in an unmistakable, cracking falsetto. Philips has retired the haircut, but more than three decades later he's still cranking out inspired, perfectly honed bits and serving them up in the guise of his childlike, airy-voiced stage character. Jay Leno called him the best joke writer in America, and Philips counts among his biggest fans Weird Al Yankovic, who gave him a memorable role in the film UHF. He's also lent his signature voice to cartoons Dr. Katz, Home Movies, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, but his true forte is standup. Fans of Steven Wright and Mitch Hedberg take note: Like his comedic kin, the aforementioned droll Bostonian and the Twin Cities' funniest son, Emo is one of a kind. 18+.
Nov. 2-6, 8 p.m.; Nov. 5-6, 10:30 p.m., 2010