A bong-toting Catholic raised on Chicago's South Side with 11 brothers and sisters, Jimmy Dore might as well be genetically engineered. Most comics would kill for background so well-tailored to the task.
"I lived in a blue-collar neighborhood where people would come home from work, watch All in the Family and laugh for all the wrong reasons," he said.
His act, which LA Weekly dubbed "completely offensive," is a no-holds-barred review of this upbringing and its outcome.
Dore doubled up on Andy Warhol's prediction when he was tagged for his own episode of Comedy Central's Premium Blend in 2004. He wrote and performed for The Marijuana-logues, which enjoyed a well-received year-long run off-Broadway that wrapped up in March. Dore has been featured on NBC's Friday Night and A&E's Evening at the Improv, and made repeat appearances on Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh and CBS' The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn.
Dore is appearing with Roger Keith at Crackers downtown (247 S. Meridian St.) from Wednesday through Saturday. Show times are 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday (when ladies get in free) and Thursday ($5 with a college ID) and 8 and 10 p.m. over the weekend. Tickets run from $8 to $16. Call 317-631-3536 for reservations. For more on Dore check out his Web site, www.jimmydorecomedy.com.