He was out to lunch with his elementary school music teacher late last year when Colorado Springs native Nick Madson realized she had a dirty sense of humor.
At the time, Madson was preparing for production of The Full Monty in Littleton. The woman who knew him as a pants-wetting pre-pubescent was about to watch him take off his pants on stage.
"We were just sitting there having a Quiznos sandwich," says the 29-year-old, "and she was dropping the F-bomb right and left."
The incident allayed Madson's concerns about going "Full Monty" in front of a hometown audience. And it encouraged him to bring his at-times-explicit comedy routine back to Colorado.
Madson's parents and sister will likely be present at Sunday's show at Metropolis, which might encourage him to curb his quips. But he has explained to his parents in the past that he does not script his routines, and that curse words come out organically.
Like most comedians, Madson takes cues from the audience, and adjusts his content on the fly. So, it's in the hands of the Metropolis crowd to steer the rank-ness of Madson's routine.
Most of the jokes have grown out of "experiences I've had, stories I've been through, my take on a lot of things from a satirical side," Madson says. He explains himself on stage as if he were sitting at the bar with his friends but without their inevitable, and oft-unwelcome, input.
"Martin Luther King could sit [at the bar] with my friends and say, "I had a dream," and my friends would start in, 'I had a dream once! Only in my dream ...' and you can't get a word in edgewise," Madson says.
Until recently, comedy work was just something fun for Madson to do "to pay some bills during the downtime between theater jobs." (He's performed in productions up and down the Front Range and for much of the past six years in shows based out of New York City.) He picked up stand-up at open mic nights in college in Oklahoma City, and continued making a name for himself in New York.
But Madson says that in late 2006, a Comedy Central representative spotted him opening for comedian Richard Jeni at Carolines on Broadway comedy nightclub in New York. After the rep introduced himself at that performance, he flew to Chicago in 2007 to see Madson headline a show there. Madson says Sunday's show will go down as an audio track that he's negotiating to release on CD with Comedy Central.