David Koechner

Native Missourian David Koechner is proof that Middle Americans have plenty of edge. Okay, maybe not in the looks department, as Koechner looks like an insurance salesman. But looks aren't anything, and good-looking comics rarely go anywhere anyhow. Koechner seems to crop up everywhere these days, notably in The Office and in Paul (still in theaters). But it was his role as sportscaster Champ Kind in Anchorman that really imprinted his hairless dome into the cultural fabric. Veronica Corningstone's resistance of the alcoholic, cowboy-hat-wearing Kind's invitation to pair up for “some chicken, maybe some sex” represents one of the great acts of self-control ever portrayed onscreen, and his closeted homosexual yearning for Ron Burgundy all but made Brokeback Mountain possible. His stand-up act is plenty risque, even if he won't actually shit a squirrel onstage. Oh well. MIKE SEELY

Thu., April 14, 7:30 p.m.; April 15-16, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2011

 
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