Tom Segura, Sept. 7

Comedian Tom Segura's performance Thursday at the Rococo Theatre is part of the last leg of shows on his first-ever theater tour.

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Comedian Tom Segura's closing bit on his latest special, "Mostly Stories," so enraptured his audience that he had to make a bonus track that concluded the story to the satisfaction of borderline violent internet commenters.

"Tyson vs. Segura II" tells what happened after Segura met Iron Mike Tyson on a flight to Pittsburgh, hit it off and invited him to his set at the Improv, which Tyson kept asking him how to get to.

A brief summation of the thrilling conclusion -- Tyson actually comes to Segura's show ("That's a funny show Tom," Segura says in a Tyson-y voice) visits him in the green room after the show, smokes like Dave Parker in the enclosed space, asks if there's a window after like five cigarettes and, once Segura tells him no, advises the comic that he'll have made it once his green room has a window. Segura has no idea what he's talking about.

Good news for Segura -- the Rococo Theatre has a window in its green room. (It is, however, frosted over, which might be why Mike Tyson never fought there.) Segura, who's performing there on Thursday, sounded pretty happy about the shows he's been playing lately, windows or not.

The Lincoln show is part of the last leg of shows on his first-ever theater tour. He's at the point where fans are coming to see his comedy, and not just a night of comedy at a club.

"That changes everything," Segura said during a quick phone call before he and his wife, Christina Pazsitzky, began recording a podcast ("Your Mom's House") in their home. "That changes the whole thing. That’s a thrill. That’s what you’ve worked for the whole career, it’s what you wanted.

"You start to feel it in the clubs, because the club crowds started to become crowds that were coming to see you. So you definitely felt the transformation. But it’s still overwhelming when you walk out in a theater to a huge ovation just for walking out because it’s you. So it’s still pretty cool."

Segura has drawn in audiences with pragmatic takes on taboo topics and shrewd observations about overlooked art, such as the A&E documentary series, "The First 48," in which cops try to solve murders during a pivotal timeframe by breaking suspects during interrogations that, as Segura describes it, seem to turn on asinine details like the color of a shirt.

"That’s all it took to break you?" he says in his special, "Completely Normal." "Dude, lie. Lie for longer. You can kill somebody, you can’t lie for 10 (flipping) minutes about it? Like, dudes will break on anything. They’ll be like, 'We heard you had on a blue shirt last Friday.' 'Yeah, I stabbed those four people.' Dude, a lot of people have blue shirts, man. You could still get out of this."

Segura said that the joke was about 80 percent of what it became when he first was inspired to get up onstage and talk about his latest true crime show obsession. (He hasn't been watching much TVlately, but said he's finding room for a Bravo series about yacht people.) The rest he worked on until it was special-ready.

Lincoln should be in for a tight set of new material, then. Soon after this Rococo show, Segura will be recording his next special.

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