Comedy & Improv

Addicts Comedy Tour

When: Tue., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. 2016

Sometimes it's good to face life's hard knocks with a laugh. We all know that well enough, considering Saturday Night Live's political skits have helped us all weather this tumultuous and emotionally draining election cycle. But there are some things that you just don't joke about. Somehow, comedians Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews manage to find the funny in one such subject: recovery, specifically recovery from addiction.

The Addicts Comedy Tour, which stops at Stargazers tonight, isn't your typical stand-up routine. You won't find any casually racist or sexist humor, no easy laughs or "how about airline food." Lundholm and Matthews create most of their humor in their storytelling, examining their lives and journeys through addiction, from jail to rehab.

"Humor has a way of removing shame, lessening the threat and making it memorable," Lundholm said in an interview earlier this year, speaking to the purpose of the tour. When addicts laugh at themselves, or see themselves in Lundholm and Matthews' stories, the message sticks — that recovery is possible, even if it sucks along the way.

The audience, many of whom are addicts themselves, might relate to Lundholm and Matthews' turbulent childhoods, or to the fact that they found addiction in everything from hard drugs to Facebook. But Lundholm and Matthews want more than addicts to attend their shows.

Friends, family, and normal folks who can somehow stop at "casual interest" on the way to "addiction," would do well to hear what they have to say. There are a lot of myths floating around about addicts, and a lot of assumptions. At least here, you know you're going to get the truth. It might not be pretty, but it'll be funny. 7 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20, stargazerstheatre.com.

Price: $15-$20

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