Neil Hamburger is the alter ego of Gregg Turkington, and it’s a blessing that this is not his real personality.

But the uncomfortable sad sack persona (always clearing his throat horribly) delivers desperate comedy in the style of Andy Kaufman’s Tony Clifton character, mixing a completely outdated night club one-liner joke structure with modern pop culture satire. With his comb-over plastered to his head, Hamburger’s unloading on hecklers is usually the best part of his act.

The comic, who has worked with Tom Green, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Tenacious D, arrives on Saturday, Dec. 2, at an excellent and underrated San Francisco venue — the Swedish American Hall above Café Du Nord.

— Peter Hartlaub

Neil Hamburger: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. $20-$22. Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market Street, S.F.