Belly Laughs

John Pinette divines his comedy inspiration from water parks, waiting in line, and buffets. His latest special was I'm Starvin’ -- which gives you an idea where he's coming from after his previous CD, Show Me the Buffet. Pinette’s trimmed down his size, but not his attitude.

New Times: You're an expert on buffets -- who has the best?

Pinette: It's a tie between the Wynn and the Bellagio in Las Vegas. When I think of these, I can hear the angels singing. I have a different buffet philosophy than I used to. Buffets are for special occasions. I abstain from most buffets, due to health reasons and restraining orders.

NT: You used to be an accountant -- were you a funny accountant?

Pinette: I had no business being an accountant. In my brief stint as an investor accounting specialist, my job primarily was to distract the auditors with my humor.

NT: A ticket to your show is $20, plus a two-drink minimum. How much does that come out to per laugh?

Pinette: It varies on the night. I assure you, I consistently strive for the most laughs per dollar.

Thu., Sept. 17, 8 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 18, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 19, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., 2009
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Libby Molyneaux