New York City, NY
So basically, New York–via–Florida–via–New York comedian Todd Barry got his break when his good friend, Louis C.K. (also comedian) recommended him to Conan O’Brien as a replacement for a no-show guest. This is not to suggest that Barry couldn’t have done it on his own — he totally could have! Only, he didn’t.
But because he’s very funny, in a medium-energy way, he was asked back to the Conan show a bunch of times and has since been featured pretty much every place funny people are featured. In other words, he has had a career and continues to have one.
He will not be as loud as Russian Circles; he will not even be as loud as Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. But unlike either, his act features words, lots of them. You choose.