Last year, comedian David Huntsberger recorded a CD called Explosion Land at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. For the Reno, Nevada, native, it was a no-brainer to tape it here. "There's definitely a unique feel to a town like Minneapolis," he says. "If they're protesting something, they don't do it in an angry way. It's not pitchforks and torches." It provides a contrast to other towns that purport to be more hip. "Minneapolis is in a great spot where it's not Austin or Portland where people have gone way too far trying to keep it weird and bizarre." Huntsberger has been back doing standup since finishing a tour he undertook with his podcast Professor Blastoff, which he co-hosts with fellow comics Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. "We thought a tour would be worthwhile, and provide a different experience," he says. "I've always really romanticized this idea of traveling like a band." They played 14 shows in 20 days, and had a blast doing it. Now Huntsberger is back onstage telling jokes, talking about everything from brains to black holes. "Your brain creates dreams," he tells the audience, "but then won't tell you about them. That's so rude." Though there is a crossover in interests between his standup and the podcast, he never mixes the two. That's true of his new animated web series as well. While he was a funny kid, a career in standup didn't occur to him until college. "In high school I had a dry sense of humor, which I think worked better on adults than my fellow students." Today, Hunteberger's smart comedy is appreciated by audiences across the country. 18+.
July 2-3, 8 p.m.; July 5-6, 10:30 p.m., 2013