Anytime a comic comes across as dark, heavy, or political they’re always accused of trying to be a “Bill Hicks.”
Sometimes it’s accurate. Some comics are visibly copping Bill Hicks’ mannerisms, aggressively cultivating an air of danger to seem edgy (go to any open mic and look for the guy in the leather jacket).
Then there are comics who go beyond the edge. It’s not an act. They open up their ideas as a verbal bloodletting and pour it out like children poking at an ant pile.
Mack Lindsay is this comic.
Lindsay produces a sadistic passion play, adeptly making an audience laugh while making it feel threatened at the same time. He has an ominous presence that in 10 years of performing has only become stronger. Nothing about him is manufactured — even though he might say it’s all manufactured.
He questions not only everything around him, but also himself as well in the most honest and brutal way. It explains why for many years he toured under the moniker “Stand Up Is Dead” in an effort to destroy the banal commercial aspects he saw in the art form he loves most.
While there are multiple underground stories about him — the drug use, the melt downs, the numerous threats of violence from gun-toting rednecks — Lindsay has moved on trying to become as pure a performer as he can be.
His accolades include being a paid regular at the renowned Comedy Store in Los Angeles and being chosen the first comedian to headline the stand up portion of Van’s Warped Tour 13.
The “Bill Hicks” tag gained traction after he was snatched up by Sacred Cow Productions, helping them produce as well as turning in a cameo in Showtime’s “American Drug War: Last White Hope.”
Ultimately, the labels are meaningless to Lindsay. “Dark,” “edgy,” “Hicks-like,” he spends no time reflecting on it. The only description Lindsay cares about is “funny.”
On Thursday December 2, 8 p.m. at Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, he will headline the “Don’t Heckle Me Tour.” This is your chance to see why Lindsay may be the most important comic you have yet to hear.
The tour, created by fellow Houston native turned stand up Nick Aluotto, is a vehicle for emerging talent who break the mold of traditionally safe stand-up comedy.
No stranger to alternative venues himself,
Aluotto promotes and performs anywhere there’s a willing audience. Having shared the stage with acts like Doug Stanhope and Patrice O’Neil, Aluotto is developing a voice that sounds mature beyond his years.
If you value originality in comedy, December 2 at Laugh Out Loud is where you need to be.
You may laugh, you may cringe, but you can be assured there will be no leather jacket. •
Forces of discomfort preserve him, Whitecotton blogs as Swiss Army Robot at blogs.sacurrent.com.
8pm Thu Dec. 2
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
618 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 312