Comedy

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tommy Davidson Helps Boise's Liquid Laughs Celebrate Third Anniversary

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Birthdays and anniversaries are cause for celebration; even more so when both celebrators and celebratees receive a gift—especially if that gift is laughter.

To help celebrate Liquid Laughs' third anniversary as a full-time comedy club, actor-comedian Tommy Davidson will perform  Thursday, Dec. 11-Sunday, Dec. 14, with two shows on Dec. 12 and 13. Twenty percent of proceeds from the Dec. 11 show will benefit KIZN 92.3's Keep Kids Warm coat drive and fundraiser. 

Davidson was a cast member of the groundbreaking sketch-comedy TV show, In Living Color—which aired 1990-1994 on then-fledgling station Fox. Davidson's high energy and ability to embody a character (even one as ridiculous as Sweet Tooth Jones) provided some of the show's biggest laughs. In Living Color served as a launching pad for the likes of Davidson, Jim Carrey, Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx, even Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez and, of course, brothers Damon and Keenen Wayans, who created, wrote and starred in the show. 

Davidson continues to act—he voices and portrays smooth-talker Cream Corn in the Black Dynamite animated series and 2009 live-action film—but if you haven't seen him do stand-up, this is your chance to see what a truly gifted comic Davidson is.

Tickets are $25 and are available at liquidboise.com.



  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: , ,

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 7:30 AM


Sometimes life isn't funny. There are cars to repair, teeth that need fixing and illnesses to deal with. On some days it's hard to laugh on your own, which is why there are comedy shows. 

Head down to The Crux for a night of live laughter. An open mic hosted by EmmanualVera IV will immediately follow the event. 

7 p.m. $5. The Crux, 1022 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-3213, facebook.com/thecruxcoffeeshop.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: ,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Boise Has a New Funniest Person

Posted By on Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Kaz Gable is Boise's Funniest Person 2014. - LIQUID LAUGHS
  • Liquid Laughs
  • Kaz Gable is Boise's Funniest Person 2014.
Kaz Gable is originally from Wisconsin. Before moving to the Gem State, he'd heard little about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and nothing of whistle pigs. (If Wisconsin has an equivalent creature, it would be the "moo donkey.") Since becoming a Boise resident, his neighbor has provided him with insight into racist car decals, and, according to the judges of Boise's Funniest Person, he tells "high-level dick jokes."

Gable was anointed Boise's Funniest Person 2014 at Liquid Laughs Aug. 2, after out-yukking four other contenders: Gabe Hess, Merry Cole, Tommy Chartier and Brett Kennedy. He went home with bragging rights; a more confident swagger; thicker, more luxurious hair; and a $1,000 prize. Cole was the runner-up after delivering striking monologues about water boarding olives in gin and the travails of coming out as an atheist to her Mormon family.

Gable's working comedian coach was Brett Badostain. Cole's was Mundek Clement-Stein.

This year marked the second-annual Boise's Funniest Person, during which 20 aspiring comedians are paired with working comedians to compete against each other for cash and glory. After two rounds, each halving the number of contestants, the remaining five amateurs brought their A-games to a packed house, where audience votes awarded the crown to Gable, whose warm stage presence and outsider-looking-in perspective won both hearts and minds. 
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: , ,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Improv Comedy Cage Match Sets Stage for Boise's Funniest Person Final Round

Posted By on Sat, Aug 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM


Emcee Sean Hancock took the stage at Liquid the evening of Aug. 1 to tell the audience that this had been the most closely contested installment of the Improv Comedy Cage Match in the three-year history of the event.
The final competition, between Pocatello-based The Comedy Project and Boise-based Sausage Party of 5, pitted two vastly different improv troupes against each other; but, to the audience, there was little surprise when it was announced that The Comedy Project would go home with a $1,000 prize and a $1,000 booking contract at Liquid Laughs.

The Comedy Project hit the stage first, organizing its act around simple questions posed to the audience, like "What was your 21st birthday like?" and "Are you a dog or a cat person?" The troupe was able to create a unique and entertaining array of situations without losing the attention of the audience, and benefited from being able to flesh out more elaborate skits while stressing the talents of individual Comedy Project members.

Notable examples included a lengthy comparison between binge watching Netflix and using hard drugs, and exploring emotions with an existential robot and millennials living in their parents' basements. A particular audience favorite was a skit delving into the psychopathy of step siblings. 

Sausage Party of 5, by contrast, chewed through its skits so fast that the audience had trouble keeping up—so much so that several jokes were simply lost. Some notably underserving bits included asking questions of a Sphinx made up of three members of the troupe, and a self-explanatory skit titled "Everything's Better with Sean Connery." 

Ultimately, SPo5, champion of last year's competition, relied too heavily on two members' uncommon gifts of gab and fluid humor, making its performance uneven.

The show, however, must go on. Watch the final round of Boise's Funniest Person at Liquid Laughs, Saturday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. That's when Brett Kennedy, Merry Cole, Tommy Chartier, Gabe Hess and Kaz Gable will square off for $1,000 and immortal—well at least year-long—fame as the funniest person in the City of Trees.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: , ,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Need Something To Do Thursday?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM


The Coen Brothers ubiquitous film The Big Lebowski has a rabid and loyal fan base. There is an actual Lebowski Fest dedicated to fans of the movie and its character's philosophies. Of course, this probably isn't news to you, as even non-fans likely have heard about, if not seen, the revelry. 

If you're a first-timer or just love it and want to watch again, Boise Classic Movies is showing it tonight at the Egyptian Theatre. Abide, dude. 

7 p.m. $11. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-0454, boiseclassicmovies.com.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: ,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM


Have you ever wondered what life in the fast lane is like? Do you have dreams of conquering the world, your likeness plastered on billboards as regular folk drive by and sigh when they realize how mundane their life is?

Fame and fortune may await you, but first you must earn your breakthrough role. Stage Coach Theatre is holding auditions for The Nerd, described as a "zany comedy." Finally, your MS-DOS skills are useful again. 

2 p.m. FREE. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com. 
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: ,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM


You show up to work every day and dutifully complete your tasks. Day after day, you listen to your boss as they talk about their trip to Martha's Vineyard in '08 and you take it like a champ. Your reaction could be more volatile, but you've got an outlet—that notebook you hide in your storage ottoman at home. Full of sharp and witty observations about life and the world, you coyly wait to unleash your brilliant thoughts upon the unsuspecting populous. 

Learn how to turn your scattered thoughts into pure comic gold at the Real Talk Comedy Workshop at Liquid. Experienced comic artists will help you refine your approach to joke dispensing and you'll finally have what it takes to stick it to the man/credit card company/cellphone provider/former significant other/et al. 

6 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: ,

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

It is sometimes said that laughter is the best medicine. It depends on the diagnosis, really, but the important thing is Boise does in fact have a comedy club where you can go for a night of levity.

Kris Shaw and Nancy Jensen are the latest touring comedians to bring the laughs to Boise. Enjoy the evening with laughter and beverages before having the sinking feeling that you have to return to work the next day.

8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: , ,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

If you've spent days on your sofa watching Who's Line Is It Anyway? and thought to yourself, I could never do this enough, then the following will be of interest to you. 

Boise's own Recycled Minds Improv comedy group will showcase their ability to fly by the seat of their pants and entertain you in the process. If you're worried about what your impressionable children will come away with from the evening, fear not, Recycled Minds takes pride in being appropriate for all ages. 

7 p.m. $12. AEN Playhouse, 8001 Franklin Road, Boise, 208-658-3000, recycledmindsimprov.com.
  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

Tags: ,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dustin Diamond Cancels Boise Shows Due to Injury

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Dustin "Screech" Diamond won't be walking into Liquid Laughs Feb. 6-9—or anywhere else for awhile.

As Diamond was trying to get his car out of the driveway of his Wisconsin home, he slipped on a patch of ice and broke his leg, his agent said.

Jen Adams, Liquid Laughs booker, said, "He really did want to come to Boise, so has rescheduled his Boise appearance for May 1-4." Tickets purchased for any of Diamond's shows this weekend will be honored in May.

Local funnyman Sean Peabody is now performing Feb. 6-9, and anyone with tickets to see Diamond can get into one of Peabody's shows free.

From liquidlaughs.com:

"LIQUID LAUGHS ALERT!!! Dustin Diamond broke his leg this morning in Wisconsin, but is rescheduled for May 1-4. Please call 208.941.2459 if you already purchased tickets to the show this weekend. Sean Peabody is here in his stead and is pretty freaking awesome, so don't stay home just because Screech is!! "

  • Pin It
  • Instapaper

© 2017 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation