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Sober Thoughts: A Recovery Showcase
September 21 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm• $5
As the old saying goes, God loves a drunk — probably because drunks, with all their stumbling, stammering and inflated pride, are so damned comical. Conversely, sobering up is deadly serious business, but if you ask local stand-up comedian Max Brockman, recovery can still be a font of laughter. Brockman, who sobered up last year when he realized his creativity was being compromised by alcohol, says he’s found that recovery can be just as funny as anything. “I thought I was not going to be able to write anymore,” he says of quitting drinking. “You’ve just got to dig a little deeper. I think it’s all funny. I find funny in the misunderstandings. I feel like people don’t know a lot about recovery.” Indeed, people in recovery tend to laugh a lot — about past mistakes, about negotiating the confusions of life, about growing up in public — and Brockman makes that experience fair game in his stand-up routines. “Typically, the people in recovery laugh the most,” he says, though he adds that anyone who gets a kick out of the slapstick of life can find humor in “Sober Thoughts,” a recovery showcase that will feature performances by Brockman as well as Portland comedians Julia Ramos and Neeraj Srivivasan.
Sober Thoughts: A Recovery Showcase kicks off 7pm Friday, Sept. 21, at The Drake, 77 W. Broadway; $5. — Rick Levin