For a man who named his latest album Fart & Wiener Jokes, the mantle of maturity is only going to be taken up after a protracted and particularly vicious struggle.
Especially—as Brian Posehn pointed out Jan. 14 at Sunset Station’s Club Madrid—after his early career when he told fans that if he ever became the kind of comic who had a baby and started doing parent material, they were welcome to come punch his baby.
Fast-forward a couple of years to a now-married, now-a-father, now-44-year-old Posehn. Because of that bit, the performer (famous for his roles in television’s Just Shoot Me! and The Sarah Silverman Program) says has to be extra vigilant to ensure that his “baby remain unpunched.”
Rest assured, though. The focus of Posehn’s new material on fatherhood stayed squarely in the realm of how he’d protect his family in the zombie apocalypse (poorly) and how he’d use “Weird Al” Yankovic to teach his son about pop music (through a lifetime of careful deception, hiding all knowledge of the original artists).
After touching on the unspoken perils of Vegas debauchery (instead of “What happens here, stays here,” Posehn (who lives in California) said the real slogan should be, “Come to Vegas if you want to see your best friend’s cock”). The rest of the show was given over to tried-and-true material off of his albums (Wiener Jokes and Live In: Nerd Rage).
Aside from one loudmouth who wanted everyone to know it was her birthday, Club Madrid was a full house of loyalists who knew the appropriate times to yell out “Slayer!” Then again, according to Posehn, it’s always the appropriate time to yell out “Slayer!” Even if it’s during an unexpected homoerotic encounter.