Nick Swardson is best known for playing left-field comedic roles for film and television, including a wide-eyed child of porn actors as the lead in the movie Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, and flamboyant, drug-addled streetwalker Terry Bernadino in the Comedy Central series and film Reno 911! His commitment to making these bizarre personalities come to life has earned him the admiration of colleagues such as Adam Sandler, who has employed Swardson as both writer and star for his production company, Happy Madison. While he's largely thought of as a talented character actor who brings memorable moments of screen time to an ensemble, Swardson is equally as comfortable flying solo as a stand-up comedian. He's played a lot of parts that involve large affectations, but his own persona is far more mellow. In fact, he shines when regaling with tales of being an average Joe, albeit one who skirts the fine line between consciousness and alcohol poisoning in his pursuits of everyday dude-ism.
Dec. 3-5, 8 p.m., 2012