Eugene Mirman

A Seattle favorite who regularly performs at Bumbershoot, Eugene Mirman is a comic who, during his long, steady rise through the clubs, previously put his missteps on display like a kid tacking his C+ homework to the refrigerator. Now the hard-working Mirman has creatively leaped bounds beyond his alt-comedy contemporaries. (He even wrote a recent book, The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life). His humor leans heavily on irony, and his observations on the absurdities in pop culture. (Example: Best way to make a baby cry? Act out an episode of The Wire with hand puppets!) Yet Mirman offers moments of startling clarity: When defending his authority to dish out advice, he writes, “In America, ‘authority’ is an attitude. And I’ve adopted it.” And earned it. (21 and over.) BRIAN J. BARR

Fri., April 1, 8 p.m., 2011

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