Mohr and Shore at Liquid Laughs 

Liquid Owner Jeremy Aevermann explains bringing big comedy acts to Boise

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Live comedy is a like a knife fight, and in Boise, Liquid Laughs is a popular spot to cross blades.

"[Live comedy is] meant to be in a smaller, more intimate room where you can see the facial expressions," said Liquid owner Jeremy Aevermann. "That's what you get in a smaller venue. In a bigger venue, you don't get it as much ... that's why comics push to do a certain amount of comedy clubs."

Comedians Pauly Shore and Jay Mohr will make stops at Aevermann's BoDo venue in April. This isn't the first time Liquid has hosted top-shelf acts—Shore has already performed in Boise several times—but as Liquid goes into its 10th year as one of the few comedy-centric rooms in town, Aevermann reflected on its track record, his upcoming guests and what makes the Boise audience unique.

Liquid has long history of bringing in great acts, from Bob Zany (star of "The Zany Report" on The Bob and Tom Show) and Dustin Diamond (Screech on Saved by the Bell), to Bobcat Goldthwait (Chappelle's Show) and Hannibal Buress (30 Rock). What keeps them coming, Aevermann said, is that he treats them well. He puts visiting comics up at a nearby condominium or hotel, feeds them—his restaurant, Solid, is right next door—and has a spacious green room where they can chill out before and after sets. Plus, they adore the local audience.

"These people travel the entire country, and when you do that, Boise ends up looking like a pretty nice spot," Aevermann said. "A lot of that is because of how well they get treated downtown. A lot of comics think Boise has a really smart audience. It's not just fart jokes: Anything can go here and the audience gets it."

Shore will make his fourth appearance in Boise on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, for two shows each night. The son of The Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore and comedian Sammy Shore, Pauly grew up in the limelight, eventually developing an onstage persona, surfer bro "The Weasel." He landed on MTV in 1989 as a video jockey and became the face of Spring Break.

His career soon bled over onto the big screen, with modest successes in films like Encino Man, Son in Law and Bio-Dome in the early- to mid-1990s. Audiences soured on his schtick by the end of the decade, but in the ensuing years he mined his lifetime of extravagance and fame for stand-up material. When he performed at Liquid in 2013, Boise Weekly's Josh Gross wrote that Shore "isn't a comedian, per se":

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  • Jay Mohr will play four shows at Liquid in April.

"He's a man whose entire life—every action, word and waking thought—has been comedy from the cradle to the grave."

Shore is, in many respects, a kind of opposite to Mohr, who will perform four shows at Liquid on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. A Saturday Night Live veteran, Mohr has a slew of television and movie credits to his name, like The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Scrubs, Jerry Maguire, Pay It Forward and more. He's currently attached to the the Fox sitcom The Mick—shooting for which led Mohr to reschedule his Boise show from March to April—and is working on a feature film, All About Nina, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Beau Bridges, slated to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Mohr is famously interested in sports, with numerous ESPN and Fox Sports Radio credits, and is well known for his impersonations (e.g. portraying Christopher Walken on The Simpsons).

Shore and Mohr have appeared together on a Funny or Die video, "Silverlake Vice Squad," in which the two play undercover police officers trying to bust a hipster criminal operation. Shore is trying to turn the video into a series.

Aevermann said he is pleased the comics have chosen to do stand-up at Liquid instead of a larger venue.

"Jay wanted to do a comedy club. Sometimes I get lucky and they want to do a comedy club," he said. "It means a lot to them sometimes to get that engagement."

Read our interview with Pauly Shore at boiseweekly.com.

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