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Sebastian Maniscalco

May 21
8 p.m.

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco recently became a father for the first time. And while much of his life changed overnight, he says that it won’t change his comedy. “I can’t do it. I can’t be one of those dad comedians that just talks about their kids all of the time.” Maniscalco has become one of the most buzzed-about comedians around, thanks in part to his latest special, Why Would You Do That?, which was Showtime’s most-watched comedy or variety special of 2016. His signature skepticism on everything from online food reviews to his interactions with fellow new parents have helped him reach a like-minded audience that doesn’t really understand most people’s life choices. That said, Maniscalco admits that his newfound fatherhood has made him soften his stance on some things that used to baffle him. “I have a lot more sympathy for parents who have a crying baby on a plane,” he says. Sympathy aside, don’t expect the Chicago native to have lost any of his signature edge. “If you start talking about being a parent and having a kid, you’ve lost half the audience,” he says. “I’m still living my life and finding new experiences that everyone can relate to. That’s where I find the best material.”

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