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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