Popular comedians often fall into one of two camps: The ones who hit big with a well-known role, and the ones who grind it out by writing, acting and performing on a number of successful projects.
Nick Swardson qualifies for both groups.
On one hand, people with basic cable and a sense of humor have seen him as the flamboyant felon Terry from his years on Reno 911! As one of the lawbreakers the police routinely encounter, Swardson's character stood out for his oblivious demeanor and flippant excuse-making, even when caught red-handed. Terry remains a fan favorite.
And if that was all Swardson did, he could probably still draw fans to his stand-up shows. But comedy fans know him from his movie roles, comedy recordings and specials, and people who watch the end credits know he does more than act. He has writing credits on movies like Grandma's Boy and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He's a producer, too.
And a stand-up comedian, of course. On Sept. 30 he'll perform at The Straz, and you can get tickets now. They're $39.75 and can be purchased by calling 813-229-7827, visiting strazcenter.org or by going to the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office, 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa.