If anyone is going to bust Nashville’s comedy scene wide open, our money is on podcast supernova, Trash Humpers scene-stealer and sometime Alcohol Stuntband frontman Crofton. He’s in rare form on Pearls Before Swine: Live at the Springwater, which captures his nervy, abrasive act on crackling vinyl before an audience that’s by turns incensed, indifferent and doubled over in hysterics.
True to his nature, Crofton records the uncomfortable silences along with the laughter. The most compelling track consists of the comic getting called on using a racial slur, his subsequent and disarmingly sincere dialogue with the offended audience member, and the ensuing argument between that person and another patron who argues Crofton’s only performing in character. It’s an honest moment bristling with the electricity of live performance — and if you just want to hear some jokes, Crofton’s got those too (including his instant-classic routine on “the new sex bases”). Check it out, if for no other reason than to hear why food trucks are the Pat Boone of culinary culture.
Admission $8; $20 gets you a ticket plus the LP.