By Eddie Jorgensen
While some believe that real comedy started and ended with the late George Carlin, Bill Burr has been carving out his own path as “the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor.” With a resume that includes myriad television and film appearances, he’s also released a staggering seven Netflix specials that have equaled some of the platform’s biggest comedy events. Burr’s latest, ‘Live at Red Rocks,’ finds him at the top of his game, relying on zero stage props, special lighting or visuals – just his hard-edged instincts.
Next Thursday and Friday, Burr will bring his applause-inducing approach to the area at Lincoln’s Thunder Valley Casino.
While some of Burr’s regular act finds its way on stage each night, his ability to perform bits that are completely unrehearsed is a major strong suit. The family man with two kids has been married since 2013 and shows no signs of slowing down, which is especially evidenced by his wildly popular ‘Monday Morning Podcast.’
Sacramento music fans may also know that Burr loves heavy metal – AC/DC, Pantera, Gojira, Meshuggah, Slayer and Metallica – and also plays the drums. The material for the cigar-lover’s upcoming run of shows (mostly in arenas) is anybody’s guess, but Lincoln’s 4,500-capacity The Venue is easily the smallest on his current show schedule.
Southern California comedian Dean Delray will opens both nights for Burr’s Sacramento dates. Delray has been lauded for his ‘Let There Be Talk’ podcast, which has now eclipsed 700 episodes.
Tickets for Burr’s show start at $94.95 and top out at $154.95. They can be purchased at www.thundervalleycasino.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8. This is a 21-and-over event, so attendees aged 13 to 20 must be accompanied by adult. The Venue is located inside Thunder Valley Casino at 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln.