"I went from hipster to dipster," laughs comedian Scott Long. "I used to go to concerts and see bands like the Replacements and the Pixies. Now I'm driving a minivan." Based in Indianapolis, he tends to stand out in his hometown. "My neighbors are all people who work for banks or pharmaceutical companies or law firms," he says. "I'm a standup comic, and I'm the only one who voted for Obama. When they found that out they were like, 'What? How?'" He gets along with them just fine, though. "They're nice people. The guys like to talk in the garage. When they found out I voted for Obama, they would look around before they started talking about politics, like I was a black guy and they were about to tell a racist joke." He doesn't bring up his political leanings onstage, however. "I never wanted to preach to the converted." He can still play to a variety of crowds. "I'm this weird mix of standup comics. I can play alternative rooms, and I can play more of your beer-and-a-shot crowd," he says. "Versatility, when you're based in the Midwest, will keep you working every week. Unlike most comics, I have a wife and three kids, so I'm kind of living this split life, which I never could have imagined when I was younger." Inspired by Bill Hicks and George Carlin, Long likes to get edgy. The latter really connected with him when he was younger. "Carlin spoke like I wanted to speak, and I still feel that way." Shannan Paul opens.
Thursdays, Fridays, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 11, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., July 12, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Starts: July 10. Continues through July 11, 2014
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