There's a basic theme to Chris Porter's comedy. "I try to make it about society for the most part," he explains. "I think people are rude. I talk about social etiquette; people not waiting for others to get out of an elevator. Stupid people, but not in a Bill Engvall way. People who didn't pay attention in high school; those idiots." One thing Porter tries to avoid is using the stage as a soapbox. "As a comic, you find being funny is kind of easy. If you can make a point, or have a point inside the funny, it makes the humor that much stronger. But the funny should supersede the point." He feels some folks are more skillful at doing that than others. "I just hate it when people are preachy in a comedy club. It's not a rally, that's not where we are at right now. Bill Maher is just tying to make these points, and he just seems to me like a pompous douche bag." To that end, Porter rails about everyday living, and if you only remember him from Last Comic Standing you're in for a treat, as he has gotten even funnier since his appearances on that program. For example, he tells a tale about taking a woman back to his hotel room, where she takes off her makeup. "Hey, get your sister back in here, man." He points to his own face and says to the crowd, "I'm not foolin' anyone with this. This is what you get." 18+.
May 17-19, 8 p.m.; May 18-19, 10:30 p.m., 2012