Hang with Nick Swardson (from the audience) at the Mirage this weekend

Nick Swardson plays Mirage this weekend.

Few comedians embody the archetype of the guy we all want to hang out with more than Nick Swardson. He’s a prodigious drinker, loaded with stories of drunken behavior gone terribly wrong (don’t ask him to show you his watch when he’s blitzed, if you know what we mean); he shares much more information about his private life than seems appropriate, including a disastrous “massage” at a suspect spa; and he’s got boundless enthusiasm. Whether it’s high-fiving monkeys or eating Taco Bell while drunk, Swardson makes everything seem like the coolest thing ever, but his stand-up is only one part of his appeal. Swardson also brought us roller-skating prostitute Terry Bernadino in Reno 911!, Gay Robot on Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and the 2006 cult favorite Grandma’s Boy. And here’s the great thing: For a few hours this weekend, you can actually hang out with Swardson—well, from the audience, anyway.

Nick Swardson July 25 & 26, 10 p.m., $54. Mirage, 702-792-7777.

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