In Case You Missed It: Brian Posehn

brianposehnBY ALEX RUSSELL

Anyone can read a Wikipedia page. Every Wednesday in “In Case You Missed It” I hope to put in context something in the world of comedy for non comedy-nerds. This week we look at Brian Posehn, whose face you definitely know but whose best work you may have missed. Hey, it’s perfect! That’s the name of the thing!

You probably are familiar with…

His face, I’d imagine. He’s got a severe “that guy from that thing” among most people. Your mom might even recognize him. He’s been everywhere from Empty Nest to Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! That’s versatility. He’s like the LeBron James of one-episode tours of TV shows. Fun fact: if you Google LeBron you get a picture of him with a violin. This does not happen with Brian Posehn.

Oh, and you might know him from Just Shoot Me! Either that or my LeBron comparison above, those seem to be the two most likely places.

You might also know…

His work on The Sarah Silverman Program and Mr. Show with Bob and David. He was on both with some of the funniest damn people in the comedy world. If I’m the first person to tell you to check out Mr. Show, let me also be the second through fifty-fifth.

Mission Hill, and if you don’t you should. It’s that show with people with blue hair and a series of sharp color contrasts. It was on a series of networks around a series of other animated shows you might remember. Mission Hill still comes on Adult Swim every now and again, and you can also find it online if you know how to spell it.

There’s also a chance you know him from the world of metal music. He seems to be metal’s unofficial comic, which is interesting if for no other reason than it’s another way to go in the world of comedy. I don’t know shit about metal. I assume the kids are still into it. Gwar? Is that one Band of Horses song metal? THEY ROCK.

You should go check out…

His comedy! Here’s one of my favorite jokes he’s ever done. It’s a nerd making fun of other nerds, but it’s also got a little bit of a lesson in it. It’s almost heartwarming.

The Comedians of Comedy, a series of live performances from the original tour film with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Zach Galifianakis, and Maria Bamford. There’s a handful of them on Netflix you can stream right now. Do it at work or at the gym. Ha! The gym!

Why does this matter?

Great comics deserve to be known beyond “that guy from that thing.” You can watch his most recent comedy jokes (also on Netflix) on his 2013 release The Fartist. He quit smoking pot to be a better father, but he’s still working on Deadpool and telling jokes about how the vagina should be the “a-hole” rather than the asshole being the “a-hole.” He’s still goddamn awesome.

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