"After a while you get tired of getting fired for it," says comedian Michael Thorne of how he wound up doing standup comedy. "Sometimes they don't find your sense of humor to necessarily be appropriate in a corporate setting." Thorne studied radio in college, but upon graduation found only low paying jobs in broadcasting. "I was applying for radio jobs that paid six dollars an hour, in places I didn't want to stop and get gas, let alone live and work," he recalls. "And then I'd have to do a second job at a convenience store just to be their morning dipshit." Friends suggested he turn his comedic and creative attentions toward open-mic nights. "I figured if they think so, maybe I'll give it a try. As a feature, I could go to those same small towns and make 100 bucks and leave when I'm done." A former party animal, Thorne has settled down over the past few years. He's on the road most weekends, but during the week he's taking care of his kids. "They're the most important thing now, which is strange," he laughs. The stage provides a relief as well as some therapeutic value. "From marriage to the birth of our first child on through everyday life, there's something new that comes up," he says. "You got to take it onstage or go into therapy." 18+.
Nov. 7-9, 8 p.m.; Nov. 8-9, 10:30 p.m., 2013