Guitar-strumming comic Nick Thune, whom you may recognize as a correspondent from Jay Leno's ill-fated 10 o'clock talk show on NBC, didn't start off in show business as a funnyman. "I was a musician first," he says, "I wanted to be in a band really badly, but I just couldn't take myself seriously enough to do that." The group he was playing in did what he describes as ridiculous covers. He started performing between sets and developed a following. That following, however, wasn't massive, and many folks didn't get what he was doing. "I was bombing so badly in Seattle," he says, "I decided to move to L.A. so I could perform for people I didn't know. There's that grace period in standup where you figure out what your comedy is, and how you're going to communicate that to a large audience. It takes a lot of trial and error. That was easier for me to do in front of people I didn't know." He doesn't always use his guitar though, and wants to be as strong without it as he is with it. "It varies," he says. "But I do use a guitar for the majority of the time when I'm headlining a club." 18+.
Feb. 8-12, 8 p.m.; Feb. 11-12, 10:30 p.m., 2011