"I guess I was always a funny kid," says comedian Sean O'Connor. "I was the kid that wanted to do things that other kids didn't want to do. I liked movies, so I forced my group of friends to go see movies a lot, and they didn't want to do that. Luckily, I won them over with being so funny." When his pals were up for a movie, it wasn't anything O'Connor was interested in. "I'd go see their movies, and then do a sort of Mystery Science Theater to the point where they'd get involved. So I was helping them to not like a movie like XXX." Back then, O'Connor had hopes of writing plays for a living or being in a band, but for the latter he realized he needed musical talent, which he unfortunately did not have. "That's where comedy came in," he says. However, it took him a while to recognize that that was his job — even after doing it for several years. "I started when I was 19. By the time I was 23 I realized, 'Oh, I have to do this for a living, so I better figure out how to do this for a living.'" Today, O'Connor talks mostly about himself onstage. "It's pretty selfish," he confesses. "I think the overwhelming theme is that I get myself into situations that are completely avoidable and I tell myself, 'Don't do it.' But then I do it, and it blows up in my face." Like the time a few weeks ago when he was arguing with a fellow comic who was also a 9/11 conspirator in a room full of other comedians. "I was like, 'You're wrong, you're wrong.' But in the end, everyone believed him. I had this whole room of people behind me at the start, and I ended up looking like the idiot." 18+; 21+ later shows.
July 31-Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 2, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m.; Aug. 3-4, 7 p.m., 2013
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