Mark Normand is swell. Let's start with the fun stuff - he sounds like an old timey snappy patter guy on Vaudeville with what feels like a joke every five seconds. He can crush The Cellar and The Stand, a full or nearly dead bar show, or your cousin's bar mitzvah with (what appears to be) equal ease. And it looks like so much fun the whole time he's on stage.
Now the pretentious stuff - he's sneakily edgy. His clean-cut look and friendly demeanor let him throw out some fair questions about the unfairnesses in life. ("I use comedy as a learning tool, because nobody will tell me the truth, so I have to do it onstage and if it gets a laugh, 'Ok, that’s the truth.'"). And he's basically an obsessive joke writer, adding new material constantly and always tweaking and testing the exact right word or phrase or lead-in or tag.
So, duh, obviously the point of this is I'm telling you GO SEE MARK. He tours throughout the year and lives in New York, so no excuses.