Eddie Brill is a busy, busy man. "I'm a maniac," he says via cell phone from the parking lot of a Tampa hotel. "I don't stop. I have like, eight jobs: three full-time jobs and five part-time jobs." In addition to being a touring standup comic, Brill warms up the audience for The Late Show with David Letterman, books comics for that program, works for Reader's Digest, and for the TV program The World Stands Up. Standup is his favorite gig, though. "The real fun for me is to let go and tell the truth. It's an interesting society nowadays; we really are getting away from the truth. We're just into fear and guilt and all the bad things that are happening in the world instead of focusing on enjoying this short life." A frequent overseas traveler, Brill finds it arrogant that we English speakers change the names of other nations. "We've changed the names of other people's countries for no reason at all. Like España. We don't call them that, we call them 'Spain.' Who went over there and said, 'What's your name? España? That's a horrible name! That doesn't rhyme with anything. How are you going to have a song for your country? All you've got is I'm Tonya from España. Then you're out of luck, pal.'"
Dec. 3-6, 8 p.m.; Dec. 5-6, 10:30 p.m., 2008
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