Guy Branum
Guy Branum, courtesy of Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

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Guy Branum at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

Most people attend a stand-up show because they want to watch something funny, happy to see whomever happens to be on the bill. Others buy tickets because they’re fans of the performer in question. But Guy Branum stands out for his 2018 memoir, My Life As a Goddess, perhaps the best comedy memoir of the modern era. While he’s not quite a household name (he should be), Branum’s frequent appearances on Chelsea Lately, presence on the Maximum Fun podcast network, and his TruTV show Talk Show the Game Show put his work on screens and in earbuds for nearly a decade. Still, his book is what took off, and continues to linger years later. Branum’s writing is genuine and funny and harsh. He’s entirely himself in the work, something sorely lacking in most memoirs by comics. There’s no glossing over uncomfortable truths. Similar to David Sedaris’ writing and Amy Sedaris’ sense of humor, Branum is a certain type of person’s favorite comic. If you’re one of the people that just want to see a comedy show, you’ll probably like at least some of Branum’s act. If you already love Branum, you’ll continue to love Branum. Maybe on your way to see him at the Arlington Drafthouse on Jan. 21 or 22, pick up a copy of his book. It’s available at the DC Public Library. Guy Branum performs on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $25–$30.