By Brendan Lee
Tom Segura has often heard people describe him as a “likeable asshole,” and there couldn’t be a greater description. A comedian climbing the ranks for the last 10-plus years with multiple Netflix specials and countless tours, Segura is as quick to poke fun at his double chin as Hurricane Katrina, and the foolish charm is damn-near inescapable.
“I’m not out there trying to be a dick, but you know, I am kind of a smart ass,” he says with a laugh.
Segura is having a lazy Sunday, chatting about his comedy in the slim gap between an early morning hike and lunchtime with his wife and kids. About to embark on his Take it Down tour, the Cincinnati-born funny man is happy discussing everything from the fart jokes on his podcast to his hatred of dogs with human names.
When asked why he chose a life of writing jokes, he says, “All the weed-whacking jobs were taken.”
His real answer is simple. “If you can make a living as a stand-up comedian, it’s like you’re bypassing the system that everybody has to be a part of.”
Asked if there’s a message he’d like to share, he says, with unfiltered sincerity, “Everything is funny, stop being so serious. And try to be a little bit nicer to one another.”
Tom Segura performs Saturday, August 17 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver) and Sunday, August 18 at Arts Commons (Calgary).Arts Commons, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Tom Segura