Comedian Tom Simmons
spent the past four years holding a pity party for himself. After months of studying interviews with comic legends like Johnny Carson and Jerry Seinfeld, he says he finally figured out how to get his career on the fast track: less writing, more performing. I feel like Ive wasted 10 years not working on that stuff, he says. Simmons now relies on current events to fuel his stand-up shows. Disgraced senator Larry Craigs recent airport-bathroom shenanigans figure into his set: He got busted for hand signals, says Simmons. There are hand signals? I wouldnt want to be a third-base coach who stumbled onto that situation. The Presidents war on terrorism also shows up regularly. He said were going to rid the world of evil, laughs Simmons. We cant rid the world of evil. A lot of people tried that in the past -- Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi. And now weve got W on the case?
Sept. 28-29, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2007