Long before he did his first open mic, Paul Mecurio had an inkling that he was funny. "I was always the funniest lawyer at my firm," he says. "That's kind of like being the sexiest IT guy, but I'd say these wacky things to get laughs from the other lawyers." He started selling jokes to Jay Leno. "I got to see him do them on the Tonight Show, and that totally sucked me in. I started leading this secret double life: lawyer by day, comic by night." He eventually left his law career to pursue standup full-time. He also landed a writing gig at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he snagged an Emmy and a Peabody Award. You may have seen him lately on Fox News's Red Eye program, as well as Sean Hannity's show. Yes, they still let him on despite his résumé. He usually is there to comment on social and political issues, including how the Constitution is interpreted. For example, on one panel program Mecurio agreed with President Obama's opinion that the Constitution may have a few flaws, which drew the ire of an African-American who was on the same show. "He said, 'That's un-American,'" recalls Mecurio. "I turned to him and said, 'You have to think the Constitution is flawed. Up until a few hundred years ago you were three-fifths of a person. You were a torso sitting at this desk.' It was amended 27 times. What's wrong with people? Half the guys who wrote the Constitution were banging black chicks anyway." 18+; 21+ later shows.
Feb. 6-8, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 8, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 9, 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 9-10, 7 p.m., 2013