Volume 93, Issue 17

Tuesday, September 28, 1999


Handerek has Grand entrance

Liar neither good or Beautiful

British pop band fuses rock and fun

Comedian looking to proclaim war on idiocy

Comedian looking to proclaim war on idiocy

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HE DID IT ALL FOR THE WOOKIE. Comedian Tim Nutt brings his sardonic style to The Spoke tonight. Front row seating is recommended only for the serious masochist.

By Luke Rundle
Gazette Staff

Stand-up comedy can sometimes feel more like full-scale warfare than a lighthearted night out on the town. Vancouver's Tim Nutt, however, is not your typical stand-up soldier. Discontent as a victim, Nutt is well trained in all types of comedic combat and is prepared to fight fire with fire.

Combine the sardonic intellectual witticisms of Dennis Miller with the brutal and blue stylings of Chris Rock, then wrap it in a package which resembles the lead singer of Metallica and you have Tim Nutt. Or, as Nutt himself puts it, "I look crazy enough to kill someone and smart enough to get away with it."

Influenced by intellectual comics like George Carlin and Billy Connolly (the Scottish replacement for Howard Hesseman on the television show Head of the Class), Nutt is a six year veteran of the trade and has the battle scars and war stories to prove it.

"Man, I've done stand-up out in [British Columbia] where the club looked like The Blues Brothers - chicken wire, people throwing beer bottles at you during the set, the whole bit," Nutt recounts. "So when I do a university show, it's like 'Oh, you don't like me? Awwwww!'" When asked whether or not he cares if some of his politically incorrect remarks offend university audiences, Nutt scoffs at the very notion.

"I just think our culture is so funny that people in university would get offended by my opinion, since the whole reason you go to university is to expand your mind," Nutt explains.

Deeming his act "a one-man war on stupid people," Nutt's comedy is not designed to merely entertain, but to prompt a reaction. "You go to my show and you can like me or hate me, but at least you'll have an opinion," Nutt explains. "I just want people to listen to me. Apathy is the only thing I can't take from an audience." Simply put, Nutt is the typical G.I. Joe of comedy, one who will run into a wall of flame without batting an eye.

This doesn't mean Nutt wants audiences to detest him. He just wants them to feel the way he does about the world – which is largely, well, pissed off. "I mean, when's the last time Canadians got all pissed off about something important? When they raised the beer prices?" Nutt jokes. "As long as no one fucks with hockey on T.V. or beer, we seem to let everything else slide."

If you think an evening with Tim Nutt will be a passive roll in the park, think again. With a wealth of improvisational experience under his belt and the will to wield it, Nutt will get up in the audience's face and force them to have an opinion. Viewers beware – be careful not to expose any weakness, for a full-bore assault from Nutt will definitely leave a mark.

Tim Nutt plays tonight at The Spoke, along with opening act Darren Frost.

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