Stand-up comedy and writing aren’t Steve-O’s specialties, at least not yet. One of the only likable fellows in the Jackass crew has recently published a book, Professional Idiot: A Memoir. Tellingly, he’s also scaled back on the self-inflicted violence in his stage act. But Steve-O—born Stephen Gilchrist Glover—was always a little different from the other members of the Jackass family. For one, he rarely operated out of cruelty. Unlike his cohort Bam Margera, who made a career out of punishing his parents for God knows what, Glover mostly tortured himself. And now the former human rag doll, sober since 2008, has grown into yet another relatively humorous celebrity trying his hand in a new field—though he’s still willing to do almost anything in the name of entertainment. (Take his recent performance at the Comedy Central Charlie Sheen roast, where he broke his nose on Mike Tyson’s fist.) But if you’re not sold on the performer, consider that at least one of his local appearances this weekend is for a good cause: Today at Busboys & Poets, Steve-O signs copies of his memoir at a fundraiser for The Kindness Collective, a group that helps find safe homes for domestic abuse survivors and their pets.
Steve-O signs copies of his memoir at 1 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. $8 suggested donation. (202) 789-2227. He also performs Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 at DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $25-$27. (202) 296-7008.