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Breaking down the talent at the Tampa's Oddball Festival

A rotating slate of comics are filling out the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which launches in Tampa on Friday before stops around the country. It drops some of the biggest names in comedy into a shaker and pours out a different cocktail each time.

Who do we get? Joining Chris Hardwick at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday are Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Brent Morin, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Reggie Watts, Brody Stevens and more. Let's take a closer look at a few oddballs on the lineup, and what makes their own brands so curious.

The Everyman

Louis C.K. (@louisck)

Louis C.K. is known for his Eeyore musings on the drudgery of daily life as a dumpy, middle-aged guy. He got extra famous via his FX show, Louie, which takes turns being depressing and strangely uplifting.

Oddball joke: On being single after a divorce: "It's like having a '73 Dodge Dart in your back yard. And it's been sitting back there with grass growing ... It's not an old Mustang. You have no plans to restore that Dart. You don't even see it when you look out the window. And now you find out that's your only way to work. You need that car now."

The Grump

Marc Maron (@marcmaron)

Maron has a reputation for navel gazing and angry ranting. He revived his sagging career with his WTF with Marc Maron podcast, where he interviews celebrities (including a popular episode with Louis C.K.). He ruminates about life's bitterness and not fitting in. He wrote a memoir called Attempting Normal.

Oddball joke: On missing a catch in little league: "I would have felt that feeling of esteem and maybe gone on to play more sports. Perhaps I would have now been at a pretty good job with a family and have guy friends and say things like, 'Good talk, bro.' It could have been a whole different life for me if I just caught that ball."

The Seer

Aziz Ansari (@azizansari)

While some comedians dissect their owns lives at a micro-level, Aziz Ansari sees the oddness in the way the whole world works, and he's not afraid to call us all out for it. The sage-like wisdom in his stand-up is a departure from Tom Haverford, the self-obsessed club promoter-slash-government worker he made famous on NBC's Parks and Recreation.

Oddball joke: "You can't call anyone anymore. If you call someone they're like, "What? Are you on fire? Then quit wasting my time. Text me that s---."

 
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