Des Moines, Iowa, may seem like a strange place for a successful standup comic to call home, but for Minneapolis native John Bush, there's no place he'd rather be. "I was touring with a show called Triple Espresso," explains Bush, who had been living in New York. Producers spotted him doing standup, and asked him to join the production's traveling cast. "The show came to Des Moines, and a six-week run turned into a year and six months. I met my wife during that time, and at the end of the show's run I said, 'Boy, I'd like to live in the Midwest and have a career out of here, because I can't stand traffic.'" So far, so good. Bush has steady work doing corporate gigs, club dates, and the occasional acting role. He doesn't rule out a move to Los Angeles someday, though. "Maybe when I'm 50 I'll move out there and be the next Wilford Brimley," he says. A comic since 1990, Bush had no other career to fall back on. "I could never picture myself sitting in a cubicle trying to get a report done," he says. "I've always been kind of a dick to authority."
April 25-27, 8 p.m.; April 26-27, 10:30 p.m., 2013