Last spring’s Crash & Burn Show, which he organizes each year at Acme, coincided with the passing of Prince. “It wasn’t until the weekend that Wisconsin people made it down to the memorial,” he says. “It was the first time you’d ever seen Packer fans wearing purple.” He did that joke before one of the shows, and according to fellow comedian David Crowe, it really helped set the proper mood for his set while still being mindful of what was happening in town. That may also be because Slagle is a music fan. Back in 2014, he told City Pages that listening to new music was the key to staying young. However, he feels kids today enjoy a great advantage when it comes to discovering music, new or old. “Young people today will never know the shame of taking a Lionel Richie cassette up to the cash register,” he says. “They can listen to anything, because it’s all anonymous. We had to look at the sneer the emo kid made as he made a crack to the girl with the black pigtails and the kilt taking inventory. [These days] no one knows if you’re listening to Mumford and Sons.” 18+.