Nick Vatterott

Daily from July 27-29
7:30 p.m.
July 29
9:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Daily from July 30-31
7 p.m.

It’s not unusual to find out that a comedian always dreamed of being on stage telling jokes. Nick Vatterott, though, had a slightly different vision. “In the fifth grade, I wrote that I wanted to be a standup comedian,” he says. “Part-time. I won’t be a full-blown comedian, I’ll probably be moonlighting from a day-labor job. I don’t know what it says about my dreams that as a fifth-grader I was trying to be practical.” Of course, Vatterott eventually decided to be a full-time comedian. “I used to think these comics were making it up on the spot,” he says. “I don’t know when I realized they weren’t. I think I saw a guy do the same thing on two different shows. ‘Those are jokes they are writing.’” Vatterott has discovered that even now, his non-comedian friends don’t quite understand the art form. “I brought this friend to a show to watch my set,” he says, “and she kept making comments while I was on stage.” When he asked her about it after the show, she said she was making his set better. “It doesn’t work like that. You don’t run into McDonald’s and throw the fries everywhere and say, ‘I’m making it better!’”