Stand-up Showdown

Fri. and Sat. @ 8:30 p.m., Tonik

One of three comedians in the Stand-up Showdown, Marvin Lee has a clean, PG-13 show, but that doesn’t mean he won’t push it a little. He sells T-shirts that read “My mouth gets me into a lot of trouble. Luckily my tongue gets me out of it.”

A big fan of innuendo, Lee sees himself as something of a fence-sitter. Or maybe a fence-hopper.

“I’ll do a lot of stuff, going off on men, and just when I get the men on my side, just when I get one side going my way, then I turn on them.”

Once you get Lee started, it’s hard to shut him up. His record length for a set pushes two hours. In fact, his ability to get riled up is the reason he started doing stand-up full time. Lee was working on a morning drive-time radio show in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., when the station became a victim of a Clear Channel buyout.

“I was a little more vocal on my opinions on things, and it ended up that I got escorted out,” he says. “Most comedians, when they go full-time, it’s usually when they get fired from their main job.”

Inspired as a college student to go into comedy after seeing Sinbad perform, Lee blends the big guy’s stage presence with Carlos Mencia’s take on controversy and the “good old horse sense” of George Wallace (the comedian, not the former governor of Alabama).

Another comic in the Stand-up Showdown, Justin Schlegel, has himself been compared to Dane Cook and Sam Kinison and has plenty of rant material that would be perfect for the City Paper‘s next parking issue. Chris Doucette, the third comic, stands only 5’7″ but is at the moment very grateful to the 6’3″ Michael Richards. Thanks to Kramer’s now-infamous racist outburst, Doucette’s jokes about Richards were recently shown on FOX News. –Jonathan Sanchez

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