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His day job is helping coordinate auxiliary services for Georgia Gwinnett College, but at night, Mike Haun moonlights as a comedian.
Haun will headline tonight's installment of Aurora Theatre's Funny Fridays club comedy show, bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Lawrenceville stage for two shows.
The 35-year-old was a late bloomer when it comes to comedy. He took up the hobby in 2000 after being laid off from his job.
"I needed something constructive to do with my time because all I was doing was applying for jobs," he said. "I needed a creative outlet."
At the suggestion of friends, Haun tried improvisational comedy then moved on to stand-up.
"There's more places to do stand-up comedy and there's more opportunities to grow," Haun said. "Anything can happen on stage and you have to deal with it, so there are lots of unknowns involved with stand-up comedy that are also involved in improvisational comedy. Stand-up comedy, it's just you and what you bring to the table. Every time you go on stage it's kind of a rush."
The move to stand-up has served him well and the evolution of his brand of comedy has led to Haun was named Atlanta's Funniest Person by Dave FM in 2008 and the Southeast's Funniest Person in 2009. His unique approach has made it easy for Haun to share a stage with other comedians, including Ron White, Gilbert Gottfried, Richard Lewis, Kathleen Madigan and Emo Phillips.
"I'm different from a lot of people, and traditionally with comic shows, you'll have at least three comedians on stage," he said. "Because I'm so different I provide a contrast and I rarely ever step on anybody's toes. It's kind of like the show changes gears when I'm on stage."
Haun describes his brand of comedy as low key and implores audiences to pay close attention to what he says because every word matters.
"Very word-intensive rather than acting out or high-energy comedy," Haun said. "If I do well and I perform like I should, the audience should say, 'I don't know how much of that was an act and how much of that was real.' I think that if they listen they can expect to laugh."
Haun will be joined tonight by special guest host for the evening comedian Chelsie Rice and one of the founders of Affirmative Action Comedy, Steve Haigh. The comedic trio will perform two shows at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Aurora Theatre Box Office at 678-226-6222.