The comedy choices this week are distinctly different: edgy alternative comic Doug Stanhope, giving a show at the Crowbar nightclub in Ybor, or Weeds co-star and Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon at a local comedy club.
Stanhope spends more time in nightclubs than comedy clubs, and in doing so has blazed his own path with a rabid fan base.
They eat up his frank talk of doing drugs, why atheists have better morals ("You never hear on the news that atheist rebels took heavy shelling from the agnostic stronghold.") or why getting married is a boring egomaniacal ritual that no one wants to go to ("Don't ever for a second think someone wants to be at your wedding.").
You can see Stanhope at 8 p.m. Friday at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. $20.
Despite his long string of work as an actor, Kevin Nealon keeps up his travels performing standup, calling it the only thing that really gets his juices flowing. And even though he has the name recognition for bigger theaters, he sticks with comedy clubs and isn't above breaking out his Mr. Subliminal character when prompted by the audience.
His dry wit and wordplay ("Workers insist that they are not disgruntled. They are very gruntled.") take audiences by surprise when this seemingly bland guy slips in subversive ideas, even subliminally.
You can see Nealon at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Improv at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer