Dwight Slade was inspired by his brother to go into standup comedy, but not in the way you might think. "When I was younger, my older brother came out of the closet as a gay man," Slade explains. "And I thought the only thing that would make my parents even more upset was for me to become a standup comedian. It turns out I was right. I'm sort of joking." Slade started going to open mics at the age of 14 with his buddy Bill Hicks (yes, that Bill Hicks). He has gone on to travel the world telling jokes. Indeed, he spoke to City Pages from Tel Aviv. "I was here about five years ago, too," he explains, "for a foundation that raises money for kids that have been traumatized by acts of violence. It's a good cause." Another notable international credit is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a gig only some American comics enjoy. "It's great to do your show for an hour every single day for 30 days," he says. "And practicing in front of very reserved people. It's almost like practicing in front of a mirror, only the mirror is more engaging." He must have done something right there, as he earned a five-star review from Scotland's Minister of Culture. Over the years Slade has talked about everything from family to politics, but lately he finds himself drawn to his childhood. "I've kind of gotten back to talking about what I thought was funny when I was a kid: making fun of animals, making fun of food. I find that audiences also like to laugh at that. I'm kind of going through a goofy phase. It's more physicality, louder, and goofier onstage." 18+.
Dec. 11-15, 8 p.m.; Dec. 14-15, 10:30 p.m., 2012