Nick Thune: Comedian Without A Cause
Nick Thune has (admittedly) had it easy. In previous shows, the 36 year-old has made scattered attempts to look for his vulnerabilities through a painful past but didn't find any. In a genre that thrives off of the jaded and the conned, he makes the best of a relatively trouble-free life.
“I thought of talking about when my dad died when I was 6, and how hard that was. [But] then I realized he’s still alive and is a really great, supportive dad - like, ‘Stop helping me so much. Give me some demons!’”
This lack of adversity gives Thune the advantage of making his affable manner the most remarkable thing in his comedy. His Netflix special, “Nick Thune: Folk Hero,” is 45 minutes of one-liners and wordplays that stroll through his life, emphasizing from the way he thinks to lightly strumming his guitar. This glimpse into his thought process saves him from blandness, and his easygoing personality supports his one-liners: “[My life] was all a blur until 7, when I was diagnosed with bad vision. Things really cleared up after that."
In an interview with The Skinny, Thune talked about the difficulty of switching from playing music to just talking: “The timing of it, playing [and] having the music in the background, kind of informed my emotions on stage. I felt like I was building this score, and that was fun. I really had to work on the rhythm when I stopped doing it, pacing my voice rather letting the guitar do that.”
Thune’s unobtrusive self-acceptance is part of what separates him from other comedians. He’s not revealing anything that could be painful or damaging, which he is absolutely fine with.
In his stand-up set for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Thune’s stories included how his dog ate a pot brownie. Though these are not especially deep or moving topics, he reaffirms that comedy doesn’t have to be about anything in particular to be perfectly good – it all depends on the approach. Here, his style and self-confidence brighten stories that wouldn’t have stood out otherwise. His implicit acceptance of the status quo results in comedy that borders on conventionality.
Esquire writes, “Nick Thune is the truth and people continue to bear witness.”
I disagree. Thune is a clever and funny observer; you can expect to laugh at an experienced comedian who won’t challenge you with his content, and any want for emotional investment won’t detract you from a good time.
Nick Thune is performing at Noize Fabrik in Berlin on Thursday, February 11 at 8:00 PM.