Comic relies on gut instinct to lampoon pop culture.

Pluck o' the Irish 

Comic relies on gut instinct to lampoon pop culture.

As one of the last of the "classic road comics," Dan O'Sullivan admits he's never held a 9-to-5 job. Driving a beer truck at Florida's Busch Gardens during his college days is about as close as the St. Louis native has come to banking a regular paycheck. "I used to have to wear a brown polyester suit with the orange fucking trim on it in 90-degree heat," says O'Sullivan, who's in town this weekend to yuk it up in the Flats. "It was a perfect outfit."Today, the Showtime alumnus travels the country with his gag bag of jokes about sports, dating, and reality-TV shows. The Biggest Loser tops his list of targets. "You know who the biggest loser is? You, if you watch it," says O'Sullivan. "If I want to see big, ugly people crying, I'll go to Wal-Mart instead, y'know?" For now, the ex-college-soccer star is looking ahead to his shows in Cleveland. And having already made a handful of trips to Northeast Ohio, O'Sullivan may slip in a few cracks he told before in Cleveland. "The audience doesn't even remember the jokes I told last time. It's great if they remember one bit. But I don't have a following, and nobody pays attention to me," sighs O'Sullivan. "It's a tough thing when you're not famous." Showtime is at 8 tonight, 8 and 10:15 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Improv, 2000 Sycamore Street on the West Bank of the Flats. Tickets are $10 to $16. Call 216-696-4677 or visit www.improvupcoming.com.
Thu., May 22, 8 p.m.; May 23-24, 8 & 10:15 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 7 p.m., 2008

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