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Night at the Improv

April 8, 2010 - Brandi Bowers

Well, I typically write about what's going on in the world of National Entertainment, the latest movies, tv shows, etc., but I thought this week I'd go with some Local Entertainment.

Last weekend I went up to the Waterfront in Pittsburgh with my good friend Shawna & her husband Cory. We had decided to make the trip up to Dave and Buster's. If you're not familiar with D&B's, it is pretty much one of the funnest places EVER, because it's an arcade for adults. I don't know about you, but good food, beer, video games & skee ball sounds like a pretty good night to me!

Anyways, we get there & spotted people lining up next door. Well, right next door to D&B's is the Improv, a local comedy club. We saw the name on the marquee and none of us recognized it, but thought, hey, let's check out a show & then go over to D&B's.

We got our tickets & stood in line about 45 minutes or so.  It was kind of a long wait, but the weather was so nice it didn't matter. The main act for the night was Jo Koy, a comedian who has been on Comedy Central & Chelsea Lately. (BTW, if you haven't seen Chelsea Lately, check it out on E!). The opening act was a comedian named, Thai Rivera.

Let me just tell you, the show was well worth the ticket, but not so much for the main act. The three of us thought Jo was ok, but Thai was just awesome! He was absolutely hilarious. Jo's show was a lot of imitating friends and family members, which I feel is overdone & kinda boring. Thai's, however, was just sooo entertaining. He started with, "I'm probably going to offend you, but I'm not trying to." Well, right then and there, I knew it was gonna be good! Basically, his material could be offensive, but he was just so dead on with a lot of it, & he made fun of absolutely everyone so that no one could be offended. I mean, he even made fun of himself. In a world of "politically correct" at all times, sometimes it's nice to make fun of everything & just have a good laugh.

Not only did his show leave us laughing the whole way through. (And I mean the kind of laughing where your stomach hurts & you are tearing up.) But, he was also an absolute sweetheart & met people after the show. In fact, I'm posting the picture Cory took of me & Shawna with Thai.

If you're at the Waterfront, I highly recommend seeing a show at the Improv. Good comedians & good service. I also highly recommend checking out Thai Rivera's Web site! Heck! You can even add him on Facebook. He handed us cards that night with info about his site & his Facebook page. How cool is that?!


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