On the Spot: Todd Barry

November 21, 2012

Exactly 25 years ago this month, Todd Barry did his first open-mic night at a Miami comedy club. A year later, he moved to New York City, and he’s never looked back. The 48-year-old, who has appeared on “Louie” and “Flight of the Conchords,” will celebrate his silver anniversary with a show in Brooklyn next month (rescheduled because of Superstorm Sandy). Before that, he’ll perform two shows in Arlington this weekend.

What made you want to throw yourself a party for your first 25 years in comedy?
I made it a [Sandy] benefit. If you make something a benefit, you can do whatever you want. But it’s going to be a show; it’s not going to be people worshipping me.

You live in the East Village. What was it like during Sandy?
The first day I just went for a long walk to try to go past the border of where there were lights. I ended up in a hotel bar and ran into another comedian who was also escaping.

Do you approach jokes on Twitter differently from ones you tell onstage?
I need jokes for my act more than I need tweets. If I get an idea, I go, “Is this stage-worthy or is this just tweet-worthy?” and I take it from there.

You’re one of the few fairly well-known comedians who don’t have a TV show or a podcast. Is anything in the works?
I did buy a microphone to make a podcast. I do have the microphone.

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington; Fri. & Sat., 10 p.m., $23; 703-486-2345.
Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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