With President Donald Trump gifting comics with a wealth of potential material, stand up Tom Segura is almost certain to address the elephant — pun intended — in the room.
“It’s too big of a thing to not say anything,” says Segura, who performs 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Music Box in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “But I don’t spend too much time getting into (Trump), until I feel like it’s something for me or I have something I have to say. I feel like there are people who are better suited to do it.”
Segura — who also co-hosts a popular podcast with his comedian wife, Christina Pazsitzky — has taken his own stand about Trump in T-shirt form. He’s created a limited series of “Trump Is Fat” shirts, of which the profits will benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The shirts are an extension of similar shirts he created with his friend and fellow comedian Bert Kreischer for a joint weight-loss contest.
“A big part of that was fat shaming — we sort of embraced it,” Segura says of the “Tom Is Fat” and “Bert Is Fat” shirts.
The Trump shirts drew their inspiration from the reality that “the guy is undeniably fat.”
“I know he lies about his weight,” Segura says. “If you’re a big guy, you’re familiar with weight. When he said he was 236 on ‘Dr. Oz,’ I laughed out loud.
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“Not only is he for sure medically obese, he has held women to this impossible aesthetic standard for years. Meanwhile, you have this pear-shaped guy who you can tell has never touched a weight in his life. I feel he’s very deserving of the fat shaming.”
Segura takes on Trump live regardless of the location of the venue or make up of the audience.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native, who will honor his hour of material for an eventual TV special, rarely edits his act once he’s locked it in.
“I really try not to change it even in the slightest,” he says. “Sometimes, you might open with something specific that happened that day or on the city you’re in. The way I tour is to build an hour of material, then I tour with it.
“My feeling is that with most of my shows the audience knows who I am and knows the type of material I do.”
Segura, whose most recent special “Mostly Stories” is available on Netflix, has helped cultivate his fan base via his long-running podcast.
Launched in 2010, “Your Mom’s House” has become one of the most downloaded comedy podcasts and has fueled his stand up success, according to Segura.
He and his wife look forward to their 90 minutes of “silliness” each week. The podcast has spawned many inside jokes, like a popular riff of ordering from a fast-food drive through by saying, “Hey, Mommy.”
“It’s a huge part of what we do, and it’s actually one of the most fun things we do,” he says of working with his wife. “We’re having conversations that we would have if we weren’t recorded.
“It feels so much like the norm. It’s like saying, what’s it like to have breakfast with your wife? We do it every day. It feels normal ... It doesn’t feel like work.”
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The podcast has such a devoted following that the two can easily fill a 1,000-seat venue to witness the podcast be recorded live.
“It’s a dream,” he says. “I have the best gig in America. I have a studio in my house. I walk from one room to another, and I’m on the job. People say, ‘what made you want to be a comic?’ I didn’t want to have a real job. When it becomes a reality, it’s like a tremendous victory.”
He adds: “I don’t have a boss — it’s the best feeling.”
Comedian’s brushes with fame
Tom Segura has enjoyed many a celebrity encounter on flights, running into everyone from boxer Mike Tyson, who subsequently attended the comedian’s show in Pittsburgh, to singer-songwriter (and Philadelphia native) Jill Scott, who inspired him with her positive take on life.
During a recent early morning flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Los Angeles, Segura shared a moment with rapper-actor Method Man, who, after landing, complained to Segura about a fellow passenger who wouldn’t shut up.
“I had no idea what Method Man was talking about, but I pretended that the thing that bothered him bothered me,” Segura says. “I felt like he confided something in me — and I validated it.”