Many comics first get the urge to try standup in contests, talent shows, and over the occasional drunken dare at an open-mic night. Bill Squire discovered his love of comedy working as a Mormon missionary in the Philippines. The easygoing comedian is now most often seen sporting an amiable grin, a black suit, and a cockeyed tie that exactly splits the difference between disheveled and dapper. Like some other famous suit-clad funnymen, he was on a mission from God — or so he thought. But two years in the Philippines left him questioning his core spiritual values and considering another career path. "I found that I was good at talking to people, and I liked being up in front of people. When I got home I started to do some standup at open mics. After the first one I was hooked." Six years later he's touring the Midwest with his CD, Sarcasm Bus, available via iTunes, and spreading good cheer. "I definitely have a dark sense of humor, but I'm a positive person," Squire says. "I don't want to be the guy who hates everything. I like to have fun—and I also like to make people cringe." 18+.
June 3-4, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 4, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., June 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2010
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