Listening to Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast the other day with geek comic Brian Posehn, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Posehn got his start in comedy right here in Sactown. (I’m sure my compatriot sac-eats knew this already but it was news to me.)
It seems that after high school in Sonoma he moved to Sacramento and attended community college, and got his start in the comedy world at age 21 (the lack of all-ages comedy establishments being a reason nobody broke into comedy from Sacramento in days past). The notoriously cranky and foul-mouthed comic actually refrains from bad-mouthing our fair city on the podcast, only claiming that he made a premature decision to try comedy in LA after just a bit of experience here in the late 80s/early 90s. In LA he literally broke his back in a drinking stunt gone wrong. So he had to “press the reset button” on comedy career at about the time the alt-comedy movement of the 90s was really getting going.
To put words in his mouth, leaving this place was probably the best thing that happened to his career. Happy weekend, Sacramento! 🙂