The first time Brad Williams was onstage telling jokes, it was not as part of an open-mic night. He had gone with friends to see comedian Carlos Mencia. "I had thought about doing an open mic," Williams recalls, "because all my friends said I was funny and should do it." But he had yet to give it a shot. That is, until Mencia started making jokes about little people. Williams is a dwarf, and no one around him was laughing. "What? Is one of them here?" asked Mencia. Williams went up and supplied funny answers to Mencia's questions. "The first time I got a laugh, I was hooked," he says. For the next year and a half, he did open mics before once again attending a Mencia set. "I ran into him before the show and he said, 'You're the guy that was going to be comedian. Are you doing it?'" Williams told him he was, to which Mencia replied, "Then how about you open my show?" Mencia was so impressed, he hired Williams on the spot to be his permanent opener on the road. That resulted in Williams phoning his parents to tell them he was dropping out of USC. "I was a year away from getting my degree, but that was a fun phone call to make, let me tell you." He doubts he'll ever go back to college, but he does plan to get a diploma. "My plan is to get so rich and famous that someone says, 'Here. Here's an honorary degree.'" 18+; 21+ later shows.
May 8-10, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., May 10, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 9:30 p.m.; May 11-12, 7 p.m., 2013