Getting brutal with Brian Posehn
Brian Posehn is a nerd. And he’s completely OK with it.
A self-proclaimed Sci-Fi and Fantasy flick fan boy, actor/comedian/writer Posehn, has been cracking people up with his pleasantly prepostrous brand of comedy for years.
A native Californian, Posehn is known for his roles as the hilarious mail clerk Kevin Liotta on NBC’s “Just Shoot Me!,” a cast member and writer on HBO’s “Mr. Show,” and most recently, as Brian Spukowski on Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” He’s also appeared in sitcoms such as “Seinfeld”, “NewsRadio”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, and “Friends”. And in several feature-length movies, including Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Sex Drive” and “Surfs Up”.
He’ll bring his bag of tricks to the Parlor Live Comedy Club Aug. 23-25.
SCENE:You have built a career doing a number of things – writing, acting, doing stand-up. What do you enjoy most?
BP: I enjoy everything I do, but it’s always gonna be stand-up [I enjoy] the most. I grew up loving it, and I still have that passion for it.
SCENE: In 2006 you released your first graphic novel. How did you get involved in that?
BP: That just came from it always being something I loved. I’ve always been a fan, and my first one came about because it was an idea too crazy to sell as a movie. It was just a guy who loves comics getting to play with the medium.
SCENE: You recently attended Comic-Con in San Diego. Any memorable moments?
BP: This year it was pretty much just for my kid. Apparently I am raising another little nerd. I have a three year old and he is already into superheroes. I bought a bunch of toys; he actually called it Christmas – because I came home with so much stuff.
SCENE: How has becoming a dad influenced your stand-up act?
BP: I’m making an effort to not let it soften what I do.
[Being a dad] is just another thing in my life, so I talk
about it. But I want it to be a joke or a take [on parenting] you have never heard. That’s why I like guys like Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt and Chris Rock. Those guys make me laugh because they talk about life through there lens.
SCENE: You’re also an avid fan of metal music. What are you listening to currently?
BP: I’m really in to this group called Huntress. They only have one album out. And I’ve been listening to a lot of skeleton witch. Other than that, traditional metal. I listen to a lot of the same things I grew up listening to: Iron Maiden, Rush – which isn’t metal. But they’re one of my favorites.
SCENE: Do you think metal music influences your stand-up act?
BP: I don’t think it so much influences it. But its just always been part of me. [My act] just comes from talking about things I love. Some of my jokes get dark, which I guess is a metal influence. But I’m also influenced by Stephen King, comic books, horror films – all the things I’m in to.
SCENE: Have you performed at the Parlor Live before?
BP: No, this is my first time there. But the idea of being in [the Seattle area] for four days is great. I’m really looking forward to it; walking around, going to record stores, eating well.
SCENE: What else are you working on these days?
BP: I actually just recorded a new album in Seattle – at the Neptune Theatre like three weeks ago and it will be out in the winter as a special and DVD. I’m also working for Marvel Comics [on a new comic coming out in November]. And I am trying to work on my own sitcom with a company in LA. Scott Ian and I just signed a deal with [Megaforce Records] to do a full-length album. We’re writing it right now.
SCENE: What can the audience expect at the show?
BP: If someone came three weeks ago, to the Neptune, there will be new material. There’s a bit about serial killers that I’m really happy with. I read a lot about serial killers during my 20s and noticed some things about them. I feel like I found a new take.
Posehn performs at Parlor Live Comedy Club Aug. 23-25. $15-30. http://www.parlorlive.com.