Most comedians grow up seeing their standup heroes on late-night talk shows, Comedy Central, or HBO. Butch Bradley saw his heroes in person, thanks to his single mom. She worked as a casino manager in Atlantic City, which allowed young Bradley to see legends like Don Rickles, George Carlin, and Rodney Dangerfield live. Today Bradley headlines clubs across America, and also regularly entertains our troops with the USO. He also makes frequent appearances on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A bit manic at times onstage, he covers topics ranging from childhood fears to anxieties over flying. "I like flying, but I always get nervous about dying," he explains to an audience. "I want it to be quick, so in a plane I never want it to just nosedive, I want it to blow up. I don't want it to blow up, but if it happens. If you're dying, and you can kick out a text message, bad death." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 29. Continues through Jan. 2, 2010