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I’m continually impressed by local comedic performers here in the Valley, and when I attended a special Mother’s Day stand-up comedy show at The Comedy Spot in Old Town Scottsdale this past weekend, the strong talent of the comedians was no exception.
There were four comedians showing off their stuff on the stage, which is housed in an intimate room that can pack in only about 50 people — everyone who sees shows here is definitely a part of the performance, especially if you sit in the front row like I did with my family.
First up was Joleen Lunzer, a stellar lady who I first saw open for Kevin Nealon at the (sadly) soon-to-be-closed Tempe Improv. Lunzer is extremely relatable to young women, with an observational take on comedy that draws from her own personal experiences. She’s one of my favorite local comedians, and you can read her quirky musings here on SmartFem.com.
Next up was Brian Kohatsu, a fun and cheerful guy who mixed in stellar impressions with his tales of his family life. I really liked his enthusiasm and passion during the stories he was telling, and he made everyone laugh a ton. Find him here.
Mike James followed. James drew a lot of inspiration from his relationship with his wife for his set, as well as just general dude-life. He had sort of a deadpan delivery, which I thought added a nice variety to the show, and he was very funny. Find out more here.
And closing out the show was Jay Penn, a local comedian who has performed overseas. His stand-up act was neat because it relied mostly on his interacting with the audience, as well wove in a few humorous vignettes about parenting. I can’t say his set made me ever want to be a parent myself, but he definitely made me laugh! Find him on Twitter here.
Seeing the show this weekend just made me hungry for more comedy. Give more local comedians a chance, since their shows are less expensive but just as high-quality — and maybe with more local supporters, Phoenix could become a bigger destination for aspiring comics around the nation.