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Eddie Pepitone, more than just a loudmouth 

The stand-up comedian has been yelling at you for decades. Pay attention already.

Eddie Pepitone

Eddie Pepitone

Mindy Tucker

Whether he likes it or not—and he probably doesn't—Eddie Pepitone has long been tagged a "comic's comic," meaning he's spent 30-plus years in relative stand-up obscurity, with his backstage peers forming a lot of his fan base. Recently, though, Pepitone's specific brand of dark comedy (an emphatic contempt for modern-day everything) has gotten more airtime. Some of this has to do with the rising popularity of contemporaries who have long admired and laughed at his brash angst—he's a regular guest on WTF With Marc Maron, for example, and a favorite of Patton Oswalt's. But Pepitone's also finding his own devoted audience.

Good stand-up—especially at indie venues like the Beat Kitchen or the Hideout, where Pepitone played recently—often isn't as much about the punch line as it is about the character: the eccentricities of the person holding the microphone. And Pepitone deserves to be recognized as more than just another loudmouth with a joke, shouting to get your attention. Last year's documentary The Bitter Buddha portrays the comic as a hopeless worrier and naysayer, a hater of all things not happening to him, as he prepares for a headlining gig at the Gotham in New York, where he grew up and cut his comic teeth. The film includes a solid amount of great live material: Pepitone reading from a disheveled folder of his collected tweets ("These are my tweets!"), Pepitone heckling himself from the viewpoint of the audience. Its focus, however, is on an inherently angry but self-aware character, one whose deep-rooted self-deprecation is both an endless struggle and a twisted reason to celebrate. And that's funny. The Bitter Buddha screens at 9:30 PM on Fri 3/15 at the Music Box (3733 N. Southport, musicboxtheatre.com); Pepitone and director Steven Feinartz will be in attendance for a discussion moderated by the A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin.

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