Comedy dynamo Rory Scovel is on the move. The quick-thinking but chilled-out standup, who can spin one-line jokes and simple crowd interactions into elaborate absurdist riffs, just got off a three-week tour of Dixieland with the Atypical Southern Comedy Quartet. He and Sean Patton, Jarrod Harris, and Nate Bargatze played a slew of sub-Mason-Dixon Line shows, and a camera crew filmed the action for an in-the-works documentary. "What attracted us [to the tour] was that we were all from the South but didn't have a blue-collar approach to comedy," Scovel explains. "Let's show people that a lot of comics from the South are more like us than the previous generation of Southern comedians." That's certainly true; Scovel's comedy doesn't consist of homespun observations delivered in a drawl, but is rather a hyperkinetic, heavily improvisational, smart take on abject silliness. Now, just a few weeks after the tour, he's relocating from New York City to Los Angeles, and in the middle of the journey he'll stop off for his third engagement at the Joke Joint. While he's in town, he says, he's going to be honing his act for his forthcoming CD, which he'll record in the spring to be released later in 2011 on the Twin Cities' own Stand Up! Records. Opening for Scovel is Minneapolis comedy hip-hop duo Valley Meadows, featuring Joke Joint regular Zach Coulter and Chris Knutson, winner of Acme's 2010 Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. 18+.
Nov. 4-6, 8 p.m.; Nov. 5-6, 10:30 p.m., 2010