After a decidedly unfunny moment earlier this year, Jimmy Mak decided to do two things he's always wanted to do: get a tattoo of Groucho Marx and do a solo gig.
Mak got the tattoo on his right shoulder and is eager to perform "Childish," a series of vignettes from his adult life and childhood, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Up Front at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. in Columbus.
Up Front is the new name of the bar area, formerly known as the Backstage Bistro.
Tickets are $7 at the door or can be purchased at shadowboxlive.org.
That unfunny moment? Mak, head writer at Shadowbox, had gone to dinner with his family on Mother's Day when he began choking.
A stranger rushed over and successfully completed the Heimlich maneuver.
"I'm thinking, this can't be the way I go out," he said.
The frightening ordeal led to "Childish," which will include stand-up comedy, video clips of Mak as a child, videos of him with his two daughters, Riley and Roz, and voice characterizations.
Love letters written to him as teen -- he kept all of them, he said -- will be read in an imitation of Casey Kasem's voice.
In contrast, poetry and love letters Mak wrote as a youngster will be read in William Shatner's voice.
The social references might be a little dated, he admits.
"Basically anyone under the age of 35 is screwed, but I think they'll have a good time," he said.
The audience will be invited to participate in some sketches.
Mak, 47, said there will be "no tears, just joy."
"Honestly, it's a celebration," he said. "I consider myself a professional child. And I play a lot of children here and they never let me grow up."
Katy Psenicka, chief operations officer at Shadowbox, said the performance will showcase Mak's off-beat sense of humor.
"Jimmy is constantly cracking us up on and off stage," Psenicka said. "His quick wit and easy-going nature are a great combination and will make his one-man show a comedic delight to experience."