Christopher Titus staging a one-man revolution 

Ask actor-comedian Christopher Titus about the evolution of his new one-man show “Neverlution,” which comes to San Francisco’s Marines Memorial Theatre next week, and he gets right to the point.

He was minding his own business at the DMV, see, when all of a sudden this little kid burst out from the crowd. And the kid is running around … screaming and basically unraveling into an uncontrollable mess.

“Nobody said anything,” Titus recalls. “This little kid — nobody is helping him. Nobody is helping his father, and I just realized, ‘Wow, we’re on the verge of extinction.’ I came home and thought, ‘In 10 years, we’ve lost our country.”

“Neverlution” has all the things that has made Titus a star on both stage and screen, from his unabashed wit to a fierce determination to address —  let’s make that “mentally mud wrestle” — America’s ever-growing complacency.

“America used to be the revolution,” he says. “We had the Civil War — we were so pissed off, we fought ourselves. But the biggest protest we’ve had in the last 10 years is ‘Don’t touch my junk’ in the airport!”

Fans of Titus already know this isn’t his first foray into intense comedic banter. Recently dubbed the most original voice since Seinfeld, he once crawled out of the TV’s backwaters (“Lois and Clark,” “Prey”) to impress network suits enough to launch his own solo outing on the small screen, “Titus.”

After the popular series folded in 2002 — “I pissed off the network president,” Titus laughs — he forged ahead, writing and developing his own stage and TV work.

He continued to stand out for his honesty — his “Fifth Annual End of the World Tour,” for instance, created a stir in 2007.

Interweaving his personal experiences in his new show, the 46-year-old calls for a “revolution against technology, politics, racism, child worship and the prescription drug companies.”  

He argues, however, that America will never launch such an endeavor because “we are fat, lazy and scared.”  

But he’s not angry — much. He’s just eager to take action — mostly with his live, stand-up show.

“Here’s the thing, man,” he says. “I’ll never stop doing this. If I had three movies tomorrow and all they all were $10 million movies, I would still do this. I cannot not do this. It’s one of the few places where I feel like I am really doing what I am supposed to do — when I write something new. I got to do it. It’s a disease. It’s a freaking disease.”

IF YOU GO

Christopher Titus


Where:
Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco

When:
8 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 19

Tickets: $45

Contact:
(415) 771-6900, www.marinesmemorialtheatre.com

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