Dark Matter

No offense, but there's a fair chance you can't handle Anthony Jeselnik's jokes.

And not to be all intense and Jack Nicholson-y, but, um, they don't call this guy the “dark prince of comedy” for nothing. Yes, that is a nickname that sounds kind of silly and makes us imagine Labyrinth-era David Bowie doing stand-up. But, no, Jeselnik's routine is nothing like that. Neither is his hair. However, we could very well imagine him joking about throwing babies (something Bowie does in Labyrinth) – considering that he's previously joked about drowning babies, running over children with his car, and dropping newborns.

While we find said jokes hilarious (jury is out on us being good people), we also might be total sickos. But Jeselnik's all about the pitch-black jokes. And the more uncomfortable and seemingly unfunny the topic (think: cancer, poverty, racism), the more likely the comedian is to make light of it when he performs at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street, on Thursday, September 11. Yes, that particular date.

Be prepared to be offended when Jeselnik takes the stage at 8 p.m. The 18-and-over shows continue through Saturday, September 13. Tickets are $25, and there's a two-drink minimum. Visit or call 480-719-6100.

Thu., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 12, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 13, 7 & 10 p.m., 2014