The entire description on the Comedy & Magic Club's online calendar says it all: "The Legend returns to our Live at the Lounge Showroom. Show at 7:30. Doors open for dinner at 6:30." And where some chucklehead's wry-yet-introspective headshot would ordinarily rest, a floating robot noggin instead flashes an airborne question mark and frowns in dismay over the fact that no photo is available. See, Mort Sahl don't need to available-ize no stinkin' photo. He's Mort friggin' Sahl. If Mort Sahl wants to leave blank the space in which lengthy, slapped-together comic bios typically run down a list of laughable commercials and Law & Order appearances, Mort Sahl's gonna do just that. If he wants his numerous credits starting out in the '50s at San Francisco's legendary hungry i nightclub, popularizing newspaper-headline monologues, writing jokes for JFK, divorcing a Playboy Playmate, getting blacklisted for his edgy political humor, inspiring the likes of Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, Chris Rock and George Carlin in their comedic endeavors, etc. all in-your-face and readily available, well, they will be. But Mort Sahl don't need none of that. He's always been a different breed, an icon of the counter-culture, and his material still reflects it. When you see Mort Sahl, you see an old-school, no-holds-barred, downright legendary performer. Sure, you'll laugh, but more important, you'll think. And that's just the way Mort Sahl likes it.
Thu., May 7, 7:30 p.m., 2009