Christo­pher Ti­tus un­leashes star-span­gled comic rant in ‘Nev­er­lu­tion’


It’s rare that any­thing good, let alone funny, comes out of a trip to the Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles, but that’s ex­actly where Christo­pher Ti­tus got the idea that blos­somed into “Nev­er­lu­tion,” his provoca­tive and laugh-filled com­edy spe­cial pre­mier­ing Sun­day, July 3, on Com­edy Cen­tral.

The ac­tor and comic, whose 2000-02 Fox sit­com “Ti­tus” mined his own wildly dys­func­tional up­bring­ing for tren­chant com­edy, says it all started about two years ago when he was suf­fer­ing through one of those soul-suck­ing vis­its to the DMV, made even more un­bear­able by an obese, out-of-con­trol 5-yearold who was get­ting on the nerves of ev­ery­one as his long-suf­fer­ing fa­ther waited in line.

The kid’s even­tual con­fronta­tion with Ti­tus makes for a comic high­light in the TV spe­cial, but that real-life ex­pe­ri­ence started the comic think­ing.

“I walked out think­ing, ‘That (kid) is our fu­ture. And if that’s true, we’re go­ing to go ex­tinct,’ ” Ti­tus re­calls. “So I went home, and I started writ­ing. Once I had that piece done, (the show) kind of came to­gether as I just started look­ing around at where we are.”

And where we are, he sug­gests, is on a very slip­pery slope as a coun­try. Ev­ery­one seems to agree that we’re over­due for some truly pos­i­tive and rel­e­vant change. It’s just that few peo­ple are in­clined to in­vest the time and en­ergy it takes to make that change hap­pen, leav­ing us with the “Nev­erlu- tion” of the show’s ti­tle.

“We’re wait­ing for this fairy to go in and fix things,” says Ti­tus, who doesn’t iden­tify as ei­ther a Repub­li­can or a Demo­crat and thinks that most of our re­cent pres­i­dents have failed our coun­try in one way or an­other. “It’s like we vote for this guy, this wizard, and he’s go­ing to go in and wave his magic wand, and it’s all go­ing to be fixed. ... In­stead of look­ing back and see­ing, ‘Wow, those guys didn’t fix it,’ we just hope the next guy will. But that’s not go­ing to do it.”

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