Like many broadcasting majors (this journalist included), John Caparulo did not wind up in broadcasting. "I went into patching potholes and cutting grass," he laughs. "I worked for free for a TV station in Cleveland. Yeah, it's a wonderful business." Now, of course, he can be seen as a regular on E!'s Chelsea Lately. The path to comedy actually began earlier than his college days. In fact, it was an embarrassing childhood experience that set things in motion. "When I was in sixth grade I went to basketball practice and had an accident in my pants," he recalls. "That's really upsetting for an 11-year-old kid. Obviously it was awful at the time, but over the next few years, as I got into high school, it became this story that people would always want me to tell." While attending Kent State he had a revelation. "I'd be in class and I'd realize that the other students really cared about the class. They bought the book and stuff. I just cared about making a good wisecrack in the middle of class." Today he describes his act as basically complaining and getting paid for it. "A lot of people can only complain to their wife and their friends. Those people are like, 'Dude, shut up!' I get to go and complain in front of people and they laugh at it." Saturday's early show is sold out. 18+; 21+ later shows.
Jan. 6-9, 8 p.m.; Jan. 7-8, 10:30 p.m., 2011