Funny people

September 30, 2010

Fart and wiener jokes


Brian Posehn brings his rude, crude and hilarious comedy to Des Moines


You may not be familiar with Brian Posehn’s stand-up work, but chances are you have seen the big guy in one of your favorite TV shows or movies. He has appeared in sitcoms like “Seinfeld,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Friends” “Reno 911” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” and has lended his voice to numerous animated projects including “3-South,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Metalocalypse” and “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.” He was an orginal member of the “Comedians of Comedy” along with Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Maria Bamford. And he is a huge comic book fan, having released his first graphic novel, “The Last Christmas,” in 2006 and is currently working on a new book (he asked about the local shops in town). But when Posehn stops at The Funny Bone from Thursday, July 15 to Saturday, July 17, he’ll be promoting his newest comedy album, “Fart and Wiener Jokes.”


“This will be my first time performing in Des Moines, but I’ve had other shows in the Midwest and there is always a good crowd,” Posehn said over the phone from his home last week. “My pal Doug Benson told me he had a great time performing there, so I’m looking forward to it.”


“Fart and Wiener Jokes” was released in April and has received both critical and fan praise.


“The album has been getting great feedback, even more so than the first record (2006’s “Live in Nerd Rage”),” he said. “It’s been getting good reviews, the sales have been good and I’ve gotten great responses on the two metal songs (“More Metal Than You” and a cover of Kenny Rogers “The Gambler”). I was really happy at how it turned out.”


People should know that the title of his new album doesn’t reflect his set material.

“I wanted a name that was memorable,” he laughs. “It’s not just fart and wiener jokes; I’m making fun of myself because I always say that’s the only material I have. I like to celebrate the 15-year-old inside.”


Some of Posehn’s best TV work was featured during the three-season run of “The Sarah Silverman Program.” The show was recently cancelled, but it has gained a cult-like following.


“I think the cast saw the cancellation coming, but they really let us get crazy; the last season we really rocked the rails. We all loved the fact they were able to get away with so much,” he said.


One episode, entitled “Just Brieve,” has to be one of the most bizarre, yet hilarious things to ever to grace Comedy Central.


“I was really shocked at what the network approved it because it was OK for us to build a robot child. And when it didn’t work, I prayed to Satan to bring it alive and then it was killing dogs and mailmen,” he laughs. “We had some great times, and I actually wrote the last episode (“Wowschwitz”).”


Poshen, who is married and has a child, is seeing his life change, and in return, some of his act is changing as well.


“It’s a tough thing being married with a kid because I used to be the guy who would make fun of comedians who talked about their married life. But I do jokes about real life, and that’s my life now,” he said. “A lot of my fans aren’t married guys with kids and I don’t want to bore them, so I mix up. But I’m relatable to guys my age, and I always see their wives and girlfriends laughing at my jokes because they are relating it back to their boyfriend or husband.”


Laugh tracker: The Funny Bone has a number of shows coming up including Rob Schneider on July 30-31, Aug. 1, ($30) and Jim Breuer on Sept. 16-18 ($25). ... Gabriel Iglesias performs at Hoyt Sherman Place on Sunday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $36. CV


Caption: Brian Posehn performs Thursday, July 15 to Saturday, July 17 at The Funny Bone, 560 S. Prairie Drive., Ste. 100, West Des Moines. Show times are 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. (July 16-17). Tickets are $17.

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