Jim McCue

This weekend’s shows mark a return to Houston for comedian Jim McCue. “First time [at the Joke Joint Comedy Showcase]. But I actually opened for Lewis Black [in Houston], I guess, like, four years ago now.” Black, known for his multiple Grammy­ winning comedy albums and recurring appearances on , has been a bit of a mentor to McCue. “Lewis has been very supportive of me, even though I don’t think I’m much like him at all onstage. But he really makes me laugh.” Known for including jokes about audience members during his stand­up sets, McCue has an easy explanation. “I’ve had a lot of head injuries. When you don’t have a good memory, you kind of have to live in the present.” While he often pokes fun at audience members, the comic is quick to tell people that he’s never mean­ spirited onstage. “I’m not Don Rickles. I like to have fun them, never at their expense. A lot of the show is making fun of myself.” That said, McCue never passes up the chance to interact with a guest. “You have ADD and someone’s got something shiny they’re wearing. You have to find out what’s going on.” During our conversation, McCue proves his comedy reflexes (and ADD) are fast. Amid answering a question, his cat begins to meow loudly for attention. Without missing a beat, McCue deadpans, “That’s my secretary.”

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 281­-481­1188 or visit jokejointcomedyshowcase.com. $16.
Thu., Feb. 13, 8 p.m.; Feb. 14-15, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2014

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Vic covers the comedy scene, in Houston and beyond. When not writing articles, he's working on his scripts, editing a podcast, doing some funny make-em-ups or preaching the good word of supporting education in the arts.
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