Duncan Trussell Family Hour | Mayne Stage | Improv/Sketch | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., March 7 2015

Duncan Trussell is a modern-day Timothy Leary. With undeniable charm he sings the praises of psychedelic drugs and challenges the current political state of the world. And as Leary surely would were he alive today, he uses a podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, to open the minds and third eyes of his guests and listeners. The biggest difference between these two subversive personalities: while Leary was primarily a scientist, Trussell is first and foremost a stand-up comedian. In his act Trussell opens up about his drug experiences—like the time he went to Six Flags while on 'shrooms—and how strange it is that doctors now prescribe medicinal marijuana: "I recommend you take two gnarly bong rips of this before every meal, and I'm also going to prescribe you the new Pink Floyd box set because . . . it's just awesome." But Trussell is best when he's at his most vulnerable, opening up about his testicular cancer diagnosis with humor and grace. Over the past 145 episodes of his podcast, Trussell has talked to comedy greats including Eddie Pepitone, Dan Harmon, and Tim Heidecker as well as a deepening roster of psychedelic thinkers, doctors, and purely inspirational humans (a recent episode featured Lizzie Velasquez, one of three people in the world who lives with a rare neonatal progeroid syndrome). His Chicago appearance features David Stuart Maclean, the local author of The Answer to the Riddle: A Memoir of Amnesia, whom Trussell will surely lead into a poignant, hilarious discussion about humanity's purpose on this planet, what lies at the corners of the universe, and why we should all just give in to the power of hallucinogens. —Brianna Wellen

Price: $20-$25

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