Best Local Comic

Matt McClowry, mattmcclowry.com; @mattmcclowry

Staff Pick

With his towering frame, faintly sinister good looks, and a mild case of Asperger syndrome, Dearborn native Matt McClowry does not easily fit the stereotypical image of a stand-up comic. But after a few moments of watching him on stage, it’s clear he’s a natural; with a laconic yet still faintly annoyed delivery underscoring sharply observed gripes about a host of modern absurdities, from binge eating to cheap motels and the shame of being a dude that’s not that into sports. His skill is in giving the familiar trappings of middle-class life a kick in the ribs, as when he calls Kmart “like a Target with AIDS.” Having risen through the local ranks, McClowry is now gaining some national exposure, with festival appearances in Boston, at the Laughing Skull in Atlanta, and an impressive third place finish at the “World Series of Comedy” in Las Vegas. Catch him at an area club while you still can.

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