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Sean Flannery

Sean Flannery

Erin Nekervis

When: Fridays. Continues through Sept. 10 2010
Price: $10
thelincolnlodge.com
Winner of the Reader's readers' poll for best stand-up comic of 2010, Sean Flannery has moved over the last four years or so from crackling one-liners to beautifully structured stories. In one extended bit I've seen several times recently, he talked about his Uncle Pete, who tells cops he's a priest to get out of speeding tickets, and illustrated Pete's commitment to the deception with a visual aid--a PowerPoint projection of Pete's driver's license photo, in which he's wearing clerical regalia. He had to put the outfit on, Flannery said, stand around at the DMV in it, take the test in it. . . . Flannery's own ridiculousness is the subject of Never Been to Paris: once again using PowerPoint, he documents "the last dozen or so times" he nearly got himself killed with the impeccable timing and disarming sincerity of a master storyteller. --Steve Heisler

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