The writer/director/stand-up comedian will spill family secrets in Boise on March 15
Honing his talent with a TV show, nine comedy specials, a movie, hundreds of hours of stand-up, and a popular weekly podcast with fellow comedian/spouse/show opener Rachel Bradley, comedian Christopher Titus is as sharp—if not sharper—than he has ever been. He is bringing his keen wit back to Idaho on Thursday, March 14, at The Orpheum Theatre in Twin Falls; and Friday, March 15, at the Knitting Factory in Boise.
Titus refuses to rehash old material and is always working on something. Currently, he’s writing a new show he’s calling Stories I Shouldn’t Tell—but he will anyway.
“I’m going to tell the story of losing my kids to my ex-wife and about living with my mom,” Titus said. “It’s weird, because Norman Rockwell Is Bleeding [his 2000 comedy special] really focused on my dad. This one really focuses on my mom, and what I did to my dad.”
What Titus did was run away. He left his father’s home, hitchhiked to the airport, bought a plane ticket, and flew to be with his alcoholic mother. Then, he lied about his father in court so he would be allowed to stay with his mother. Life with her wasn’t easy.
“In the span of about two years, we were evicted three times. A 12-year-old should not know the sheriff,” Titus said. He moved back in with his father, who wasn’t exactly the forgiving type.
“My dad said, ‘I hope when you have kids, they do the same shit to you.’ And they did. My dad was a warlock,” he said, laughing.
It’s all sounds so tragic, but Titus doesn’t see it that way, and he doesn’t want audiences to either. That’s, in part, what Stories I Shouldn’t Tell is about.
“Everyone has tragedy,” Titus said. “Tragedy is so average. It’s what you do after something happens [that matters]. That’s where life is: It’s between the tragedies.”