STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Tim McIntire

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Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Tim McIntire’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a little trip down memory lane and pay homage to the 2006 self-released comedy album from Boston’s Tim McIntire, Scatterbrain. Recorded at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA, Scatterbrain offers not only an hour of sharp, intelligent hilarity, but includes an absolutely delightful little treat: McIntire’s nightmare set from hell, aptly titled, “Nagasaki.” As McIntire warned me, “The bonus track takes a strong heart to make it through.”

McIntire quickly addresses the elephant in the room upon taking the stage, pointing out his obvious resemblance to the Nazi in Raiders of the Lost Ark, before diving into his witty tales of fatherhood, marriage, and which Queer Eye guy he’d want to date (obviously Ted). His comedic style has a healthy mix of awkwardness and relatability, which can be incredibly difficult to pull off: you might squirm during his in-depth description of the birth of his second child, but you are still inclined to trust McIntire to lead you out of chaos if need be. He maintains a delicate control that creates an intimate connection between him and his audience, leaving you almost wanting to stick around and have a drink with the guy.

“My four-year-old is at that place now where he’s smart enough and articulate enough to ask the difficult questions: ‘what does it mean that Grandma died?’ or ‘where do babies come from?’ or ‘are people who put yellow ribbons on Humvees incapable of understanding the irony or are they just fucking douchebags?’” McIntire quips.

I’m not sure if it’s possible to be both socially responsible and punk rock at the same time on stage, but McIntire is as close as they come. His humor is fuelled by knowledge, but he doesn’t take a preachy approach to his material – the world is a messed up place, so let’s join McIntire as he narrates the crazy ride we’re all on.

Originally from Colorado, McIntire quickly made a name for himself in the Boston comedy scene, a name which was cemented in the scene’s history when he co-owned the beloved Mottley’s Comedy Club in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. He’s truly a fan favorite and a comedic force to be reckoned with that you should really get to know.

Tim McIntire’s Scatterbrain is available to download, and should be downloaded. Come for the main show, but be sure to stick around for that bonus track – if you have the muster.

GRADE: B+

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