For the vast majority of working Americans, Labor Day is an occasion for rest and relaxation. Standup comedy, however, is a profession that doesn't take vacation days. Emphasizing this point, seasoned comic Eddie Griffin will be taking the Orpheum stage to lead the Labor Day Comedy Explosion. Griffin made his name in standup applying a brash irreverence to cultural observations that many comics would be too timid to touch. Always eager to skewer the sensitive rhetoric of race and religion, Griffin nevertheless manages to approach his subjects with disarming wit and intelligence, compelling audiences to laugh in spite of themselves. For this evening of comedy, Griffin will be joined by three fast rising comics, each of whom offers a distinctive style: Honest John (whose wry delivery and sociological focus recall George Carlin), "Jammin" Jay Lamont (an energetic performer with a tendency toward music and impersonation), and Luenell (a boisterous personality prone to poking holes in everyday pretensions). This quartet of comedians offers a multi-angled view of contemporary culture filtered through a sanity-preserving sense of humor. While the rest of us are taking the day off, these four will be working full-time to make the Orpheum crowd howl with laughter.
Fri., Aug. 30, 7 p.m., 2013