Standup Comedy

Monday, December 16, 2013

Laughs, lager and local charities

The fun-funny event benefits Ronald McDonald House and FAAST.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:15 AM

J.B. Ball
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4th Annual Comedy Explosion organizer and comedian Robby Slowik has selected a pair of worthy charities to benefit from the event's $10 suggested donation — Ronald McDonald House and FAAST (Florida Alliance For Assistive Services and Technology). And once again, he's put together a full lineup of working comedians and local talent to keep the a New World Brewery audience laughing on Dec. 19.

Performers include J.B. Ball (a regular at local comedy clubs and venues across the southeast), Law Smith (2013 Florida's Funniest Comedian semi-finalist) and Matt Fernandez (2012 Florida's Funniest Comedian finalist). They'll accompany Slowik and Sandro Iocolano, who are both longtime Tampa residents who now work their craft in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

An interview with funny man Greg Behrendt

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

GREG BEHRENDT IS COOL. No matter what he says.
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  • GREG BEHRENDT IS COOL. No matter what he says.

In advance of his shows at the Tampa Improv (Thursday, December 12- Sunday December 15), I got comedian Greg Behrendt on the horn to talk about life, love, laughter and weighing theoretical airplanes without a scale. It's a task that may prove easier than a successful stand-up career spanning 20 years and a slew of best-selling relationship books (He's Just Not That Into You, It's Called a Breakup Because it's Broken).

Kevin Tall: Hello? Is this Greg? This is Kevin from Creative Loafing.
Greg Behrendt: How’s it going, man?

Doing great. So I was wondering, do you get the weekly edition?
Do I get the weekly edition of Creative Loafing?

Yeah, like the L.A. Times?
No… [laughing]

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Laugh Tract: who's bringing the funny Oct. 17-20

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

SOLD OUT: Youll have to scout out for patrons with extra tickets to see Jimmy Fallon tonight.
  • SOLD OUT: You'll have to scout out for patrons with extra tickets to see Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Every weekend there's stand-up comedy happening across the Bay area, from theater shows featuring household names to comedy clubs offering nationally-touring headliners to the local bar or restaurant showcasing local talent. If you want to see comedians performing live, you have a lot of options.

Here are the biggest comedy shows happening Oct. 17-20.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pablo Francisco impresses

Posted By on Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 11:10 PM

PABLO IMPRESSES. This picture was, surprisingly, not taken during one of Franciscos many sex jokes.
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  • PABLO IMPRESSES. This picture was, surprisingly, not taken during one of Francisco's many sex jokes.
Pablo Francisco and co. brought the funny to the Tampa Improv this weekend. Kandace Saunders served as MC for Pablo and tour mates Sean Savoy and Steve Kramer and many a laugh was had. The audience learned that Savoy really sucks at air guitar but had useful tips for white folks on how to survive a horror attack (hint: walk faster than the behemoth who is slowly plodding after you).

Kramer killed his set, chock full of celebrity karaoke (Arnold Schwarzenegger singing "Ice Ice Baby"; Lady Gaga covering her own song with "Butterface") and made the startling connection between Popeye the Sailor and Dave Mustaine, frontman for Megadeth ("Symphony of Destruction" will never be the same for anyone who heard that). While I've always thought Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder sounded like he was sitting on a paint shaker, Kramer has since convinced me that he is actually banging a sheep.

Headliner Pablo Francisco brought the LOL in his trademark ADHD-inspired fashion, spitting jokes and impressions at machine-gun pace with a sniper's precision. Whether it was opening his act with a beatbox marathon or cracking on his own bald spot in the voice of famed movie announcer Don LaFontaine, he kept the crowd rolling all night (although the joke about Michael J. Fox performing cunnilingus was the misstep you'd expect).

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Cornucopia of comedians yuk up Tampa Bay this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Boundaries will be pushed and cultures clashed as two comedians converge on Tampa Bay. Jamie Kennedy, most known for starring roles in films like, Malibu’s Most Wanted and Scream as well as his short-lived TV series, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment and Blowin’ Up, comes to Side Splitters for a weekend-long stand. The latter Kennedy show produced the single "Rollin’ With Saget" a hilariously crude pseudo-rap song chronicling one night with a drug-fueled, misogynistic Danny Tanner.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

“Shooting a Flare” — Bobcat Goldthwait on directing, Nirvana and punishing Simon Cowell

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

  • BOBCAT UNLEASHED: Goldthwait.
Bobcat Goldthwait performed recently at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City. First recognized for his standup comedy skills in the 80s, Goldthwait has gone on to prove himself as an artist capable of scathing cultural critique. He is a powerful screenwriter and director of several highly relevant and nuanced independent films, including the recent God Bless America (2011) and the Robin Williams-led World's Greatest Dad (2009). I spoke with Goldthwait about his intentions with his recent film and some of the more memorable moments from his career.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mad about Paul Reiser: The comedian/actor headlines The Club at Treasure Island Dec. 1

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM


Comedian Paul Reiser has had quite a prolific career, and even if you don't happen to know his name, you'd definitely say, “Hey, I know that guy,” once you saw him. From a successful stand-up career, to starring in films by Barry Levinson and James Cameron, and most remembered as creator and co-star of the hit '90s sitcom Mad About You, there's not much he hasn't done. As he prepares to hit the stage this week at The Club at Treasure Island, he couldn't help but share his thoughts on his career, and returning to the world of stand up.

“Someone asked me if doing stand-up now, after having not performed for so many years, feels different. And what's funny to me is

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Monday, March 7, 2011

"I won't purposely drink tiger blood to reinvent myself." Rabid Nick interviews comedian and ’80s icon Bob Saget prior to his show March 13th at the Hard Rock (w/NSFW video!)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Bob Saget Color 1 - Photo Credit Stephen Seebeck

Full House, the TGIF sitcom so indelibly etched into the walls of my brain as a youth, will be remembered for many things. The Olsen Twins, John Stamos' hair and an anal-retentive clean freak for a father, Danny Tanner, portrayed with precision by comedian Bob Saget.

But if the ’80s sitcom is your only memory of The Sag, you might be in for quite a shock Sunday, March 13, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Laughs will be aplenty, but this won't be your grandma's favorite standup act (or will it?).

Full interview, and details below, including The Rabid One getting roasted yet again!

So The Rabid One got into a little bit of trouble with my girlfriend; I told her I was going to lead this interview with a goat porn question. She chastised me and said, “Danny Tanner wouldn't be into that kind of humor." I had a laugh and showed her some Youtube clips. For her benefit, can you please explain exactly how the Full House patriarch died?

Danny Tanner did not die. He will never die. He is like Tom Joad from The Grapes of Wrath. He will always be in every one of us. When you see a child in need of a father to talk to her in a two-dimensional way and tell her everything's going to be all right, while synthesizer strings play in the background, even after she drives a cement truck through the kitchen window, Danny Tanner will be there.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Craig Ferguson's Does This Need to Be Said? proves that he's the best host in Late Night television

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

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“I wanna try something I don't normally do ... I'm going to try to tell you a joke.”

With all the hubbub in the media last year regarding bitter, embattled late night talk show hosts, the one guy you should really be paying attention to was vastly ignored. Forget Chinface Chippendale or The Non-Barbarian Conan, TV's Craig Ferguson is the best thing in late night television since the infomercial.

What a rogue! From a meager upbringing on the mean streets of Scotland, to cheeky talk show host-turned proud American citizen, Ferguson couldn't care more, but not give a damn less at the same time. His new stand up special, Does This Need to Be Said?, airing Sat., Feb. 19 on EPIX will prove to you just that.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Only a few minutes left! Tampa Improv, Channelside, health & beauty packages and lots more Holiday Auction items closing today at 2 p.m.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

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Jump into the bidding right now and you may win one of the following packages in the Creative Loafing Holiday Auction for The Children's Home — all of them closing this afternoon.

Check the complete list of auction items if you want to find out what's closing in the auction's final week, Dec. 13-16. But if any of the following is on your wish list, now's the time to bid!

Closing Fri. Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

• #35: Music lessons at Atomic Audio

#40 Tampa Improv tickets, and meet & greet

#54: Brunch at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa

#59: Plaza Sweet: Gift certificates for Channelside and International plazas

#60: Beautiful baskets from BJ’s Wholesale and Amy’s Fresh Delivery

#61: Be a celebrity bartender at 717 South

#75: The “Ahhhhh…..” therapeutic package (Palm Wellness and Rubin Health centers)

#76: The beautiful-hair bonanza (Tribeca and Number 9 salons)

#79: A full underarm package from Pulido Laser Hair Removal

#80: His and her loungewear from Enchanted Beginnings

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