Douglas Cuckler is better known as Wonder Doug, a rising standup comedian with a self-deprecating style where nothing is off-limits. Cuckler has seen his share of tough times, but he can laugh about it. Or at least make you laugh about it. And he finds catharsis through standup, calling it therapy.

Douglas Cuckler is better known as Wonder Doug, a rising standup comedian with a self-deprecating style where nothing is off-limits. Cuckler has seen his share of tough times, but he can laugh about it. Or at least make you laugh about it. And he finds catharsis through standup, calling it therapy.

This weekend Cuckler ó a big comic book fan ó and a number of other local comedians will take part in The Roast of Superman to coincide with Ohio Comic Con. The roast will feature a taking down of the Man of Steel by his super-friends. Yup, all the comics will be in super hero costumes/personas, but even non-comic geeks will find laughs aplenty.

Wonder Doug actually comes from when I was a DJ in the Goth industrial scene. Iíve been Wonder Doug for six years. When I started doing comedy enough white girls knew me as Wonder Doug, so I just kept it.

Iím pretty self-deprecating. I make fun of my own manic depression and alcoholism, anxiety and unrequited love. I also try to balance it with geek references, rants and obviously dirty jokes.

I feel like everyone is damaged goods and the world is kind of scary. So if I can distract people for a couple minutes thatís pretty awesome. Iím not going to go up there and talk about politics or abortion, race jokes or stuff like that. Iím the goofy guy talking about gay-marrying his cat. I just try to distract people from the crap.

My set depends on what type of mood Iím in. Sometimes I have darker sets. Sometimes itís more absurd. Sometimes I just rant about pop music or í80s cartoons. I started doing the í80s-cartoons-made-me-gay stuff because ó well, itís fun to do ó a lot of my dirtier jokes were isolating. Some straight guys would be like, ďHeís funny, but ÖĒ So I wanted to throw in that nostalgia aspect. Thatís why I added my pop music rants as well. I wanted to be more relatable.

Iím a big fan of Kyle Kinaneís writing and heís kind of anxious, which I appreciate. I love Anthony Jeselnikís writing; itís very deadpan. Amy Schumer is awesome. I tell people Iím their love child sent back in time. They didnít want to keep the baby, because itís a baby. I feel like Iíve got [Kinaneís] darkness and [Schumerís] slut-ness. Iím kind of weird.

I did a Pride Show at the [Short North Stageís] Garden Theatre and I donít think they knew what they were getting into. It was three other comedians and me. They were very stereotypical gay, and I was a doom cloud. I mentioned Kurt Cobain-ing myself at some point. The crowd liked me, but it was like, one of these things is not like the other.

I have 10,000 comics. A couple months ago I was talking with Chris Paugh, whoís throwing The Roast of Superman, [about] doing something during Comic Con weekend. He came up with The Roast of Superman. Thatís genius. Almost everyone involved is super comic fans. Weíre not going to be bulls---ing. But weíre also experienced enough doing comedy that itís going to be a good balance.

Iíve done some roasts and been subject of a roast. With roasts you have to do it ó obviously youíre going to say mean things, crude things ó out of love and to people you respect. So itís different than going up and telling d--- jokes.

Weíre all going to be in costume, and Iím going to be Robin. Maybe itís a Robin who spent some time in Arkham Asylum because he had to dress like that as a child. Itís going to be quite fun. Iím helping my friend Laura Work write some [because sheís] Wonder Woman. I love Wonder Woman ó thatís where the Wonder Doug comes from. I was like, ďYouíre not going to f--- this up.Ē Sheís really funny, just not as exposed to comics.

We have a Flash, a Batman and Eric Tait is going to be a concerned citizen of Metropolis whoís had three cars totaled by Superman fights. We have a Green Lantern. We have Animal Man just because, and Aquaman is a big hairy guy, Nick Glasser. I think Aquaman will be the punching bag; itís between him and Wonder Woman. Although I feel like Robinís going to get a good deal too. Thatís fine. Iím almost always the punching bag, and then I just go on and obliterate everyone.

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