In his rapid-fire set, Jimmy Pardo has been known to make some odd references. For example, when the number 19 comes up during a story, or while interacting with the audience, he'll mention the 1985 hit of the same name by Paul Hardcastle, even though he admits most people probably don't make the connection. "It would be crime if the number 19 came up and I didn't make a Paul Hardcastle reference. I think people would be upset." He reasons that those who do pick up on it likely know it from his popular podcast, Never Not Funny. The success of that program has helped make Pardo one of the country's top headlining comedians. He's come a long way since the days when he worked for MCA Records as a retail accounts representative who did open mics on the side. It was during this time that he got some interesting stage experience in Los Angeles. During a music industry convention, Pardo and his co-workers attended a standup comedy show. Pardo's boss arranged to have the aspiring comic called up onstage to assist one of the opening comedians. "He had me pantomime a flute and he had sheet music in front of me," Pardo recalls. "I was doing some JethroTull/Ian Anderson nonsense. He asked, 'Do you know how to read music?' I said, 'Yeah, left to right.' And the whole place went crazy. His joke was to turn the sheet music the other way as if I'd been reading it upside down, and it went flat because my joke was stronger." Years later, much to his chagrin, Pardo realized he had stepped on the guy's bit. "I wish I could run into him again and apologize. It haunts me to this day." 18+.
July 26-27, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2013