The Just For Laughs Alternative Comedy Tour raises a question: does alternative describe the comedy or the tour? JFL has sent a comedy caravan all across the country every fall. Is this just an extra one, an alternative to the one that played here in October? But considering that T. J. Miller is headlining, I’m going to go with that nebulous descriptor, “alternative comedy”.
The term started out when a group of comedians took their acts out of the clubs and moved them into different venues, before coming to mean more personal, conversational, and sometimes conceptual comedy. Cynics said it was an alternative to comedy.
Even though Miller has done a ton of acting in mainstream films, his standup act is decidedly, er, absurd.
“Calling it the Absurdist Comedy Tour both would not be as saleable and also it doesn’t exactly give you the right picture,” Miller says on the phone from Edmonton, where he, Rhys Darby, and Nick Vatterott are bringing their oddball sensibilities. “Alternative is closer. I’m the Mad Hatter in the posters and banners and all that