Looking into torrid tales of misbegotten schemes and toxic passions, comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman tapped into a wellspring of gallows humor with their morbidly compelling podcast, Small Town Murder. The podcast, launched in 2016, has long since evolved beyond a niche audience, amassing a large enough following to support sold-out national tours. These live performances showcase not just meticulously researched tales of homicidal misdeeds in off-the-map locales, but also the charismatic chemistry of two comics who derive cathartic laughs from the most atrocious of crimes. Guided by a principal never to mock the victims, Pietragallo and Whisman steady their focus on the utterly bizarre circumstances and off-kilter personalities at the heart of these ghastly deeds. The two comics can come across like amicable lecturers recounting a particularly seedy survey into the dark side of rural Americana, driving home the notion that truth is not only stranger than fiction, but considerably more gruesome.