Christmas is such a magical time--even in San Diego, I would guess. You put algae on the door, maybe."
Thus spake a decidedly off-the-wall Emo Philips in a phone interview last week. Philips said he couldn't wait for his comedy gig this week, through Sunday, at the Improv in Pacific Beach, where he planned to add a seasonal touch such as recollections of his own childhood Christmases when he encountered the inevitable 600-pound aunt, complete with mustache and warts:
"She'd try to give ya a kiss," Philips said, "and you'd say no, and she'd give you a big, fat kiss--slurp! But then, when you'd try to go further with her, she hits you. She's a tease."
Voice cracking vulnerably, Philips wheezed through his darkly absurdist shtick, that varies in tone from madcap, to macabre, to seditious. A bit from his act: "I saw an old woman changing a flat tire, and I walked right by, like everyone else. Then I thought what kind of person am I? So I went back and said, 'Have a nice day.' "