Nov 27, 2023 - News

When that funny co-worker does stand-up

Brian Gaar performing stand-up. Photo: Courtesy of Brian Gaar

We all have a funny co-worker, but very few of them get a comedy special on Amazon Prime.

What's happening: Brian Gaar performs at 7pm Monday at the Far Out Lounge.

  • Gaar, who got his undergrad degree from UT and has lived in town since 2006, also recently launched the podcast "Having Fun Online," which is about the weird stuff you find surfing the internet.

Flashback: "Jokes I Wrote at Work," Gaar's hourlong standup special produced in 2015, is currently available on Amazon Prime. For a glorious, weird moment seven or eight years ago, he wrote and hosted the nightly comedy show "ATX Uncensored(ish)" on Austin's NBC affiliate.

We checked in with Gaar, an expert in professional wrestling and classic video games, about some very pressing matters at the intersection of Austin and comedy.

A-list celebrities now seem to have their own drinks — I'm thinking, for instance, of Matthew McConaughey's new line of tequila. You're world-famous: To which sort of drink or product do you want to attach your name?

"I want to go back in time with a few cases of Red Bull. Can you imagine how freaked out everyone would be?"

You have to get a last-minute costume for a party, and Lucy in Disguise is no longer with us. Where do you go?

"Lucy was the best. I once went there because I wanted to dress up like Link from 'Legend of Zelda' for a standup flyer. They were great. What would I do today? Probably flake on the party."

You're on a standup roster with EvilMoPac. Is Evil opening for you, or are you opening for Evil?

"I'm headlining. I refuse to open for a congested highway."

Finish this sentence: Surfing the internet is good for kids because ...

"Video game guides. They're everywhere now! When I was a kid, you had to call a hotline (which cost money) to speak to an actual human. And they'd have to look up how to find the high-jump boots in 'Metroid,' or whatever. It was awful. This is the only case where technology has made things better."

True or false: Austin is a funnier place than when you moved here.

"Funnier? Maybe. More gentrified? 100%. There's nothing funny about a new Jamba Juice."


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