Remember back in 2008 when Nashville was featured as an audition city in an episode of Last Comic Standing and every comedy dork from Bellevue to Inglewood started speculating about our city's future as a comedy town? It took a while, but it feels like we're finally getting there. Why do I say that? Because Rory Scovel is headlining a show at The High Watt on June 5.
Rory Scovel is a stand-up comedian based out of Los Angeles who has been featured on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Nerdist's second “Stand-Up Cluster” episode, and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. But, more than that, he released one of the funniest stand-up records of 2011. Dilation, his debut album, is a patently absurd exercise in improvisational stand-up. Over the course of 11 tracks, Scovel stretches simple premises into abject silliness without alienating the crowd. Even when he jumps from driving on mushrooms to Scientology, there's a weird logic that makes you buy into the pay-off.
But it's not so much that Scovel is playing a gig at a music venue that has my hopes high for Music City's comedy future, it's the fact that the local comedy collective Corporate Juggernaut — who we've hyped in the past — is absolutely killing it when it comes to putting on shows and bringing in national talent who might otherwise bypass a club like Zanies. Over the past few months, they've brought in comics like Mary Mack, Kyle Kinane and Andy Sandford to non-traditional comedy venues — and that's a fact worth celebrating. Now, if Corporate Juggernaut would just book Paul F. Tompkins at The Belcourt, we'd really be in business.
Tickets for the show are available from Mercy Lounge for $10. If you would prefer to hear jokes while sweating in a tent with literal unwashed masses, you can also catch him at Bonnaroo, on a line-up that also features Aziz Ansari, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes and the aforementioned Kyle Kinane. And if you happen to have cable, you can catch Scovel's half-hour special on Comedy Central this Friday, May 11, at 11 p.m.