Brian Posehn

Brian Posehn has made a comedy career out of being underestimated. He's a big galoot often lurking in supporting roles (The Sarah Silverman Program, Just Shoot Me, The Five-Year Engagement, etc.), but never the star. Jason Segel may get the lunky comic lead roles, but not him. So the mountain-tall 6'6" Posehn has made his, distinctively bald, jowly, hangdog appearance into a strength. He's always silently looming at the periphery of the scene. He quite literally looks down on the comic commotion, the hubbub at his feet. And though he visually presents as a slacker, he's anything but. In addition to writing and directing for TV, he tours regularly as a standup comedian—and will be recording tonight's two shows. In the past, Posehn made hay of his not-quite-ironic love of heavy metal, but he's also a serious foodie (of the food truck persuasion) and a proud sci-fi geek. As he said on a recent Conan O'Brien appearance, "I'm a giant, giant nerd. I'm a big Star Wars fan—the old Star Wars. I hate the new Star Wars." Of George Lucas' add-on trilogy and tinkering with the original three movies, he vented, "I'm still that guy. I still get mad at that stuff. I look on it as betrayal, as if my uncle tried to rape me." BRIAN MILLER

Fri., June 15, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2012

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