Comedian Brian Posehn as "Brian"
by Emilie Mutert
Comedian Brian Posehn looks like that guy from your local comic shop or from the last metal show you went to (where you might have conceivably seen him) but you'd probably actually recognize him from his television appearances. He's an alum of Mr. Show, and he stretched himself to play Sarah Silverman's friend "Brian" on The Sarah Silverman Program.
He's done stand-up on Conan, and he toured as one of the "Comedians of Comedy" along with Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. The big, bearded, T-shirt-and-flannel-clad lug likes to make fun of himself, but he never overdoes it to the point that you end up feeling bad. He's as much a professional as he is a legit nerd -- nothing adorkable about it.
Brian Posehn performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, April 11-13 at Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F. Tickets are $20. 928-4320 or cobbscomedy.com.