Jim McCue is one of the top names in the Boston comedy scene. As a thank-you to the standup community there, he founded the Boston Comedy Festival in 2000. The annual event has since become huge, with comics heading to Beantown from all over the country. Industry insiders also turn up, looking for the best and brightest new talent. As for McCue, he's appeared on Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central, as well as clubs across North America, and is known as "Boston's King of Crowd Work." While he is adept at working the room, he is also a terrific joke writer. "I just lost 68 pounds," tells an audience. "I've been stalking a jogger." And while he will chat up the crowd and poke fun at audience members, he just as easily makes himself the target. "I don't think global warming is going to be good for me," he says. "I just read an article that certain types of people can get skin cancer even if they wear sunblock. People who are pale or light-skinned, people with freckles or warts, people with red hair. Why don't they just say Irish people? I'll change my name to Jim Mc-Melanoma." McCue has also spent a lot of time overseas entertaining U.S. troops in hot spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Those experiences have been chronicled in his book, Embedded Comedian. 18+.
Thu., March 20, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: March 20. Continues through March 22, 2014