Smart bets: Brendan Gay

“There’s a couple of benefits,” Chicago-based comedian Brendan Gay says of his last name. “When I get pulled over by the cops, they just look at my license and laugh and completely forget that I’m black.” His comedy is friendly; simultaneously self-effacing and charming. “Whether it’s his keen perspective on minority culture or growing up as a millennial bro, he’ll make you laugh,” promises his bio. Gay produces and hosts the podcast “Brendan Being Brendan,” in which he interviews “comedians, entrepreneurs and crazy people” and, in 2017, embarked on a 52 x 52 comedy tour, traveling to 52 cities in 52 weeks to perform stand-up. That tour culminates in Asheville at The Southern Kitchen and Bar on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 9 p.m. Petey Smith McDowell hosts and Kelly Morgan opens. $5 advance/$7 at the door. avl.mx/4gs. Photo courtesy of Gay

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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