COMEDY: Joe Pera Brings Laughs to MASS MoCA Saturday
By Larry Murray
The folks at MASS MoCA have eclectic taste that sometimes verges on the lunatic. That’s why they are welcoming their favorite funny-man Joe Pera to North Adams. It must have been the cabin-fever winters that drove this Buffalo-born, Brooklyn-based deadpan artist to become “… more Twilight Zone than Moth, more Andy Kaufman than Chris Gethard.” Pera’s recent appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” nearly broke the internet. See him in person at MASS MoCA’s Dré Pavilion at 8pm on Saturday (July 9).
Joe Pera studied film at Ithaca College, where he competed in and won the college’s stand-up competition three times. After school he moved to New York City, where he’s been on the stand-up scene since 2009. Known for his doubly deadpan style, Pera’s stories revolve around his Buffalo upbringing and play off his boyish appearance, yet geriatric on-stage demeanor.
His work on the exceptionally hilarious web series Pancake Breakfast Critic shows “the escalating depth of a comic persona that constantly flips between unthreatening and strange” (The Daily Dot), and his Twitter bio quaintly boasts, “People say I remind them of their grandfather.”