Big things are happening for locally based comic Nate Abshire, who may not be locally based for long. “I’m getting ready to record my first album,” he says. The decision to finally record came after much introspection. “I don’t want to say that I don’t work that hard,” he explains, “but I don’t polish jokes that much, and I move on a little bit sooner than maybe I should.” The challenge in organizing his upcoming gig at Acme Comedy Co. has been putting it all together in a way that will make sense. “It’s mostly been about getting all the jokes into a set more cohesively than I usually do. Normally I’m a lot looser.” The album recording is also a way to mark a new era of his career. “The stuff I have now is more storytelling, and I’m excited to move on stylistically.” Abshire, a native of Louisiana, came to the Twin Cities for college and never left. “I just love this city,” he adds. However, he plans to take, as he calls it, a gap year and move to bigger market like New York, Los Angeles, or perhaps Denver. “I haven’t quite decided,” he notes. Catch him while you can.