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Comedian Mark Viera is like Sam Kinison — if Sam Kinison were the kind of guy you'd run into at a PTA meeting and not the kind you'd want to stick in a clown costume and plant at a children's birthday party as a sick, nightmare-inducing joke.
Viera doesn't share that darker side in common with Sammy K., but he commands the stage with a similar level of volume, his voice reaching, screeching, and piercing toward its highest octaves, nearly achieving Gottfriedian levels of eardrum battery before relaxing into a therapist's muted levels — and then rising once again with the next impassioned observation.
Only it's not a gimmick or a comedic crutch for Viera.
For this Bronx native, you get the impression that loudness runs — nay, sprints — in his family, and when his larynx works extra-hard, it's because he's simply that excited to convey his point to a roomful of the likeminded.
This attitude is of a piece with Viera's wholesome demeanor: In the filthy world of standup comedy, he's a clean throwback, expanding on stories of marriage and fatherhood with only the occasional "ass" warranting a PG rating.
SOURCE: New Times Broward Palm Beach