Fans of Chappelles Show and Best Week Ever will recognize Christian Finnegan if not by name, by face. The comedian played the crazy white roommate on the Chappelles Show parody skit The Mad Real World, and always has a clever quip about celebrities on Best Week Ever. Hes also made a name for himself behind the microphone exploring topics such as how to end annoying conversations (his answer: show them your makeout face), how technology helps him avoid adult responsibilities and why Monopoly champions will be more successful than Trivial Pursuit experts. It even tells you right in the title: Trivial, he says in one bit. It says, Hey jackass, your pursuits are trivial. You will never own a home.
He admits to being better at the trivia, but were guessing that in his case, things are working out okay. Finnegan has managed to gain a following in the comedy world, and its not just because of his pretty face. When we mention this to him in a telephone interview, he asks, Im sorry, are you talking about me? He continues, Feel free to print how good-looking I am as many times as you want. Theres really no [response] that wont make me sound like a douchebag.
Finnegan says his craft has been influenced by the fact that growing up, his pudgy frame and dorky demeanor had kids calling him everything but attractive. He says that as a result, hes the type of comedian whos in the business not to be the center of attention, but to settle a score. My whole comedy career is just me trying to get back at five or six kids I grew up with. 8:30 p.m. today; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Laff Stop, 526 Waugh. For tickets and information, call 713-524-2333 or visit www.laffstop.com. $20 to 25.
Wed., Jan. 30, 8:30 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 31, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 1, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2008