Comedy

Much like his super hero, alter ego O-Man, Otto has gone digital. Otto, Live @ the Historic Melody Inn, is 45 minutes of oddities, arched eyebrows and math jokes dunked into the amber of binary code. Recorded - you guessed it - live at the Melody Inn (in February), the disc is a barrel of laughs as Otto is carried along by a room that was mostly full and wholly enthusiastic. Otto's new CD is called 'Live @ the Historic Melody Inn.'

"I have a time machine," he says. "It's almost finished. I'm waiting for my grandson to come back with the missing part."

Although he's been snubbed by comedy clubs more interested in spoon feeding the appetites of their concentric constituencies than helping a new voice break through, Otto just keeps rolling along; a little wobbly, but real, like a circle drawn by hand.

"Pennies suck," Otto says. "We should gather up all the pennies and make copper houses for the homeless."

No bitterness, no snarkiness, no sarcasm. Nothing defensive at all. Otto is leading with his chin, taking his lumps and making 'em smile, one little room at a time.

"Be nice to as many people as you can as often as you can," he says. "You be nice to me, I'll be nice to you. We'll start now. It'll be a better world."

True dat.

Otto's CD is available everywhere he is, so you'll have to track him down to buy a copy. The disc may have some formatting problems; it didn't work in the car CD player, but it rolled just fine in the home computer. For all things Otto, check his Web site: www.positivemolecules.com. The CD is going for a sawbuck.

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