Neil Hamburger, JP Inc

Apr 9 @ 9:00pm


9pm showtime

Advance tickets available at: ventListings.action?orgId=25521
or at The Crepe Place

Neil Hamburger: m/
Despite his appalling comic timing, muddled delivery, and cliched material, stand-up Neil Hamburger nevertheless emerged as one of the most acclaimed and name-checked comedians of his generation; like Lenny Bruce before him, he was a hipster icon whose trailblazing riffs defied conventions at every turn, transcending the confines of hilarity with kamikaze recklessness. Prior to his ascendance, comedians were expected not only to be funny, but insightful as well; Hamburger changed all that forever, in the process earning so much respect from our cultural tastemakers that his records appeared exclusively on only the most rarefied indie-rock labels. A native of Culver City, CA, Hamburger began his comedy career on the advice of his psychiatrist, who suggested performing as a means of therapy; packing his belongings into a Los Angeles storage locker, he mounted a relentless touring schedule, claiming to play upwards of 360 nights a year yet somehow earning a nagging reputation for last-minute cancellations. Following a gig in Needles, CA, Hamburger was approached by manager Art Huckman, a longtime showbiz svengali whose past proteges included Rich Little and the Ritz Brothers; with Huckman at the helm, the comedian's career blossomed, and in 1993 he appeared on the Great Phone Calls compilation. Hamburger's solo debut, the Looking for Laughs EP, followed a year later, and after issuing Bartender, the Laugh's on Me on the tiny Planet Pimp label, he moved to Drag City for his 1996 full-length debut, appropriately titled America's Funnyman. With 1998's Raw Hamburger, he shifted gears, working "blue" for the first time; ever the restless innovator, Hamburger then turned topical for the follow-up EP, Tribute to Lady Di, a heartfelt homage to the late People's Princess. Although the constant grind of touring ultimately forced the breakup of the comic's marriage, he forged ahead, expanding his itinerary to include international gigs as well; for 1999's Left for Dead in Malaysia, he even faced a non-English speaking Kuala Lumpur crowd. Hamburger remains the iron horse of comedy, touring non-stop, releasing new albums like 2000's Inside Neil Hamburger, and, one hopes, continuing work on his long-planned religious comedy LP, Laugh Out Lord. His connections to Amarillo Records honcho Greg Turkington remain unclear. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

JP Inc:
JP Inc. is a wonderful company, specializing in a variety of quality products and services. The company's most recent venture as the newest TV network on the dial, features some of the most enjoyable programming for your family's entertainment and viewing needs. An audio album of the JP Inc. Network's beloved TV theme songs and commercials has been released by a company called Comedy Central™. The album is a blast to enjoy! JP Inc. is likely headed to your city soon to give a live presentation on the benefits of adding the JP Inc. Network to your cable subscription! Visit the internet for tour dates and more information. JP Incorporated "We've been in business for years" "Unbelievably funny!", "A Perfect score!" - The Onion "[An Album of Distinction] is hilarious" - Boston Herald "[His] Greatest album ever!", "Mr. Hasson has herein withforth found the perfect concept to complement his bizarre sense of humor and warped-muzak songwriting style" - Mark Prindle