When he was in third grade, comedian Louis Katz had two of his jokes shared on air by Johnny Carson. While having his words read by the King of Late Night at nine years old is a great accomplishment, it's safe to assume that Katz was even funnier on the playground, as his style of comedy thrives far from the sanitizing effects of Standards and Practices. Combine his early brush with fame with a Los Angeles upbringing, and you might conclude that a life in the entertainment industry was a forgone conclusion. But you'd be wrong. It wasn't until Katz relocated to the Bay Area for college that his career began in earnest. He started hitting San Francisco's open mic scene after graduation, and quickly established himself as an emerging talent. The now defunct website Superdeluxe took notice, and asked him to direct a series of short films. He also earned multiple invitations to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Katz, who is now based in New York City, is a deft comedy pugilist, at his best when constructing combinations of punch lines that hit high- and lowbrow sensibilities in rapid succession. It's been a big year for the comedian, with a Comedy Central Presents special and an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But it's on his debut album, If These Balls Could Talk, where his intelligent, raunchy talent truly shines. 18+.
Oct. 11-15, 8 p.m.; Oct. 14-15, 10:30 p.m., 2011