Backstage, his constipated, on-the-verge look is gone, and I'm faced with a delightful, thoughtful man who insists I take the only seat available. Pardo appreciates the Ann Arbor crowd. "This audience is patient," he tells me. "They wait with you, stick around for the silliness. They're respectful."
Well, that's nice of you to notice, Mr. Pardo. But I suspect the truth of the matter is that Ann Arborites appreciate your well-honed talent. That, and lots of Ann Arbor folks are snooty jag-offs, and we would like to beat them up.
Jimmy Pardo returns to the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4.
[Originally published in October, 2003.]