Kevin Bozeman knew it was time to leave his day job to pursue standup comedy when he kept coming up with the same answer to his clients' questions. "I sold insurance," he explains. "People used to ask me, 'Why should I buy life insurance?' And I used to tell them, 'Because I need a commission check.'" He started doing standup in Madison, Wisconsin, where he went to college. "I got ripped off," he tells audiences about that experience. "All I got out of it was bad credit. College loans. I didn't know they wanted you to pay those back; I thought that was only if you graduated." The people trying to collect that debt don't seem to be all that smart, either. "They call me at 11 o'clock in the morning, and I answer the phone. They have to know that's a problem." Bozeman is now based in Chicago. While that city has a long tradition of producing improv, it's also been a hotbed of standup lately. "There are so many rooms in Chicago now," he says of his hometown. And that works fine for Bozeman, who doesn't have much interest in improv. "Acting yes," he says. "Improv I have no real desire to do. I feel I get enough improv when I'm dealing with drunk hecklers." He'd rather concentrate on honing his standup skills. "I feel like my best comedy hasn't come out of me yet," he says. "I'm still striving, and that's what I'm working for." 18+.
March 6-9, 8 p.m.; March 8-9, 10:30 p.m., 2013