Word comes down from TPAC that comedian Anthony Jeselnik, star of The Jeselnik Offensive and one of the more caustic elements of Comedy Central's kind-of-a-bummer series of celebrity roasts, will perform at James K. Polk Theatre on Sept. 27. And if you're easily offended, you should probably just go ahead and move on to that cat video you were about to watch before this came across your computer screen.
To call Jeselnik's style of stand-up comedy grim would be a massive understatement. This is a guy who opened his most recent album, Caligula, with a rape joke (titled “Rape”). Who has four jokes about suicide that he rattles off in a row. Who premiered his television series by performing cancer-themed stand-up to a cancer patient support group. You know. That sort of thing.
And, yet, despite his raging on-stage sociopathy, Jeselnik been celebrated by comedians and critics for his commitment to total darkness. Personally, his style of comedy — which comes off like Doug Stanhope in a suicide pact with Stephen Wright — isn't really my bag. But, he's nothing if not daring in his attempt to squeeze comedy out of subjects that have traditionally been considered off-limits.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. for $27.50. You may want to think twice about trying to score front-row seats, unless you're feeling particularly unflappable.