Comedian Nick Thune performs at Go Bananas.  Nick Thune - Photo: Scott Garrison
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Guitar-strumming comic Nick Thune, whom you may recognize as a correspondent from Jay Leno's ill-fated 10 p.m. talk show on NBC, didn't start off in show business as a funnyman. "I was a musician first," he says, "and I wanted to be in a band really bad, but I just couldn't take myself seriously enough to do that."

The band he was playing in did what he describes as ridiculous covers.

Then he started performing between sets and developed a following. That following, however, wasn't massive, and many folks didn't get what he was doing, so he moved out to L.A. to develop his act. He doesn't always use his guitar, though. "It varies," he says. "I'd say about 75/25."

Thursday-Sunday. $10-$15. Funny Bone on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Suite 2125, Newport, 859-957-2000, .

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