Brandt Tobler on life before comedy.

How Running the Vegas Strip Prepares You for a Life in Comedy

How Running the Vegas Strip Prepares You for a Life in Comedy

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 11 2017 4:41 PM

Brandt Tobler Has a Problem With Authority

Tales from the guy who once threw a roulette ball at a pit boss.

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Brandt Tobler

Brandt Tobler

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Brandt Tobler has had a crazy life. His stand-up comedy is the sum of his stories as a small-town wayward kid busting out of Wyoming. He was the don of a criminal syndicate he called the “mallfia,” he ran the Las Vegas strip placing bets for gambling titans, and he plotted to kill his estranged father. He’s also kind of a sweetheart. Tobler’s book is Free Roll.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.