Free Monday w/ Russ T. Nutz, Tom Scheve, Chesney Goodson
April9pm - $Free
It’s hard to tell where the joke ends and reality begins with Mr. Nutz, and it’s equally difficult to know whether to laugh or be appalled by its antics. Much of the band’s catalog aims simply to shock and get a rise out of the audience. However, one could argue that tracks like “Black, White or Gay” — which includes lyrics and slurs that are reprehensible at face value — actually contain a backhanded message of tolerance, albeit hidden within the inflammatory rhetoric and satirical context. It’s murky water, no doubt, but Russ walks the line with seeming ease. Maybe the band has a special knack for pushing things just far enough, or maybe it just doesn’t give a damn. Either way, the endless shenanigans certainly keep the audience guessing.
As one might suspect, nothing about Russ T. Nutz can be taken at face vaule. Here’s what we do know (sort of):
• The band recorded its first album, Banned in Forty States, in 2006.
• Russ T Nutz claims to have toured Japan extensively for the past six years (we’re more than skeptical of this assertion).
• Bassist Adam Kowalski and frontman Russell T Nuz appeared on a recent episode of Judge Karen’s Court, performing a song and settling an alleged dispute over monies spent on a free range chicken farm.
Tom Scheve now performs for audiences of all socio-economic status. He has performed at the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival and was a finalist in the 2013 Rocky Top Comedy Competition, and is regularly a featured performer at shows around the region. Tom has enjoyed working with the likes of Joe DeRosa, Ryan Singer, Tim Northern, Joe Zimmerman, Tom Simmons and Jarrod Harris, among others.
Tom produces Asheville Disclaimer, an award-winning, weekly satirical feature in the alt-weekly Mountain Xpress. You can find his work at www.tomscheve.com.
Along with comedian Cary Goff, Tom has produced hundreds of shows under the “Disclaimer Comedy” banner, in addition to producing since 2010 the popular weekly show in downtown Asheville, Disclaimer Stand-up Lounge.
Tom has a background in newspaper publishing (Washboard Weekly and Asheville Disclaimer) and newspaper reading (Athens, GA's alt-weekly Flagpole Magazine was his first true love). Tom is a contributing writer to HowStuffWorks.com. He has written for Cracked, Discovery, and many other publications. Tom studied English and journalism at the University of Georgia, though you’d hardly know it from looking at his academic transcript. He’s been performing stand-up comedy since 2009, and you’d know it from looking at his academic transcript.
Tom Scheve is a prolific joke writer, and some of those jokes can be read on twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscheve, or you can enjoy his work and see clips of his performances at www.tomscheve.com.