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The Tempe Improv is giving comedy lovers lots of reasons to smile these days. Their upcoming line-up features some really funny peeps, and I’m going to be spending a lot of time there the next couple months.
My 2012 stand-up comedy adventures started this past weekend, when I saw Saturday Night Live and Weeds actor Kevin Nealon perform for the New Year’s Eve show, after an amazing dinner at Sassi in north Scottsdale.
It’s always fun to see someone you’re used to watching on television get on the stand-up stage, since his or her live, on-stage persona is often really different from the characters he or she plays.
Nealon’s comedy style was a little bit frenetic, with him going from topic to topic without much transition. He almost reminded me a little bit of a more sober Mitch Hedberg, but even though he jumped around a lot, everything he said was really funny and with a raunchy-meets-paternal tone.
Five minutes to midnight, the audience watched the ball drop in New York City and rang in 2012 with Nealon. It was a really neat way to usher in the new year considering such a hysterical guy was in the room with us, and I would definitely go see a stand-up show for a future New Year’s Eve.
This weekend, I’m seeing Comedy Central roast veteran Anthony Jeselnik.
I really love his serious and sarcastic vibe he has to his comedy, and I’ve always enjoyed seeing him on the roasts. He’ll be here Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7.
Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, you can bet Saturday Night Live will be a repeat because Jay Pharoah is coming to town.
He’s the young cast member whose Eddie Murphy impression is spot-on, and he’s one of the most talented supporting players in the cast today. I can’t wait to check him out live.
And next month, Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, one of my favorite comedians ever, Tom Green, comes back to the Improv.
This will be the third time I’ve seen him, and believe me, it’s worth it! The weekend after, Dave Foley performs February 24-25–yet another great comic!
I’m really impressed by this current line-up, and I’m so excited to see more great things to come from the Improv. If you’ve never been, it’s a really wonderful experience to see live comedy in an intimate setting, and the Tempe Improv is a great venue. And with shows averaging around $20 a ticket, there’s no excuse not to support it!