Talk about a varied career: Brendan Schaub is an actor, comedian, podcaster, former pro athlete, and, most famously, a retired MMA fighter. The Aurora, Colorado, native played college football at the University of Colorado. Though he never started, he was able to catch on with the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze, and was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad before moving on to mixed martial arts fighting in the UFC. From there, he moved into podcasting with comedian Bryan Callen. The two co-host The Fighter and the Kid, which introduced Schaub to the world of standup. He started at clubs in L.A. before playing shows across North America and around the world. It was Callen who eased him into it by having him tell stories at the start of live recordings of their podcast. He’s at the Mall of America this week for four shows. 16+.