Its not easy being a portly entertainer in America. With the accessibility of modern medical marvels, even the jolliest of the jolly are undergoing a little sewing, stapling and restuffing. But for Boston-bred comedian John Pinette, food is his muse. Never afraid to discuss the importance of a buffet, he simmers with a gourmands rage while addressing the many obstacles blocking his pursuit. Pinette has been toiling the comedy scene since the 80s, including a pivotal appearance in the Seinfeld finale, and on Broadway fulfilling every kitschy cross-dressers dream as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. But now hes back in Irvine and ready for laughs. Just dont get between the man and his prey.
Thu., Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 5, 8 & 10 p.m., 2008