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Live Reviews : Brian Posehn @ Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane 16/04/2016

By on April 18, 2016


Brian Posehn is a professional comedian, actor & writer whose credits include The Sarah Silverman Show, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects and co-writer on the 4th season of Metalocalypse. He is also a chronic stoner, a passionate metal-head and one hell of a nerd. With all of this in mind, the question still remains, is Posehn, with all of these credits, experience and cultural kudos, a competent, effective stand up comic? Well, I headed along to Woolly Mammoth’s ‘Mane Stage’ on Saturday night in Brisbane to investigate and I am here to report that the answer is a resounding Yes!

Posehn’s act is the stuff of seasoned professionalism with the themes of self-effacement and dissatisfaction stitching it all together (his lack of coherent segways is part of the humour itself). He knows he is a large, ungainly, awkward individual with noticeably terrible posture and an annoying voice and is the first to tell you about it in hilarious, disjunctive detail. The true art of the material though is the way Posehn unexpectedly turns his vitriol towards edgy, dangerous comedians like Chris Rock and Louis C.K., artists one would think he would be supportive of?

This approach confused me at first but then I realised with satisfaction what he was doing. Yes, Posehn typifies the metalhead/stoner/nerd stereotype but don’t you dare put him in a box or think he is just like other people due to his tastes and cultural affiliations, which I believe is the whole point of being alternative in the first place, is it not?

If you ever get a chance to witness this legend in action, no matter what he is up to, I suggest you do so, the teenage outsider within you will thank you for it.

Catch Brian Posehn’s final show in Australia at the Factory Theatre tomorrow night in Sydney, as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.

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Brian Posehn: A Brief History

With an extensive (and eclectic) career spanning 20 years, American comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn is set to head down under in April 2016 for his first Australia tour – following a constant string of shows in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the US.

Brian recorded his 2nd full hour comedy special in July of 2015, in San Diego. He released his 1st one hour special, The Fartist, via Netflix in 2013. He also features in several other titles available for viewing on the streaming giant, including Mr. Show (1995-1998) and its revival series W/ Bob & David (2015). Brian is currently co-writing Deadpool for Marvel Comics and has a popular podcast, Nerd Poker, on the Earwolf network.

He has cemented himself as the king of nerd humor, producing/appearing in culturally relevant podcasts, TV shows and movies throughout his career. He has co-starred in Universal’s feature The Five Year Engagement and in the popular Canadian indie comedy, Lloyd the Conqueror. In recent times, Brian has made guest appearances on popular sitcoms The Big Bang Theory, Guys with Kids and Anger Management. He starred in Comedy Central’s hit show, The Sarah Silverman Program for three seasons, and toured as one of the original members of Comedians of Comedy.

Earlier in his career, Brian featured in prominent sitcoms Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond and Friends. He has also appeared in movies such as Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sex Drive, Surf’s Up and Uncle Nick.

Over the years Brian has amassed an extensive list of voice-acting roles to add his impressive résumé, including Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adventure Time, Metalocalypse, Bob’s Burgers, Mission Hill and American Dad.

In 2006 he release his first graphic novel, The Last Christmas, and his debut comedy album: Live in Nerd Rage and in 2009 he released his album, Fart and Weiner Jokes. He also co-wrote Hollywood Said No with long-time collaborative partners Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.

Brian has had a longstanding affinity with the metal community – In 2006, Relapse Records released his first album, Live In: Nerd Rage. It includes “Metal by Numbers”, which accumulated over two million views on YouTube & MySpace. Brian has worked alongside metal icons such as Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Joey Vera (Anthrax, Armored Saint, Fates Warning), drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie), Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall) and metal acts Anthrax, Lamb of God, The Damned, Evile and Steel Panther in various formats. He also featured in a voice acting role with cult metal cartoon Metalocalypse and is currently producing a Comedy Metal album with Scott Ian of Anthrax.Brian