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Fox brings comedy to Boone

Article Published: Dec. 15, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Fox brings comedy to Boone

"I don't know if you guys have heard of this band, 'Eviction Notice,' but they're so ... obnoxious," he said. "They keep putting their flyers on my door. I think they're playing a show 30 days from now if you're interested."
Chris Fox.

He's a funny guy. From rest home humor (think a "cougar" reality show) to puns that will be your next Facebook status, he's a laugh track by himself. Friday, he's upping the scales with a mesh of acts aimed at your funny bone.

He'd call it a variety show, but that's too cheesy, he said.

The Chapel Hill based comic (and '96 ASU graduate) prefers to think of Friday's experience as an "alt-comedy performance anthology."

Translation? Different.

"The purpose of the showcase is to bring this kind of really surreal, really funny kind of show to nontraditional comedy venues and get people to come out and see something they might not normally see," Fox said.

Friday kicks off a five-part tour across the state and his triumphant return to the town where he performed his first paying gig.

"I love Boone," he said. "I've still got friends there."

While he's done shows like this at Koncepts Hookah Lounge, he's expanded his lineup for Black Cat Burrito. "It's very experimental," he said.

Fox started comedy on a dare when a friend got him to attend an open mic.

"I just sat down and wrote the worst puns and the worst jokes you'd ever heard," he said. "Stuff like, 'Origami is a good theory and all but it just works on paper,' and 'I've got a wooden car but I can't drive it, though, it's a stick.' I drank like 10 beers before the show and just went up there and recited it and somehow did really well."

And he hasn't looked back.

Fox, whose day job is librarian at UNC Chapel Hill's campus library, won't be alone on the stage. Expect local Charlotte Schlesinger, Trent Bowles, Failed Visitation and music by the 3-Brained Robot. Think standup, sketch and even music comedy.

The laughs start at 10 p.m. at Black Cat Burrito (127 S. Depot St.) Friday. Expect a $5 cover charge.

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