You’ll find plenty to laugh about practically every day this week at the Tempe Improv, Tempe Center for the Arts and Changing Hands Bookstore. If laughter is the best medicine, then there’s no excuse for feeling lousy this week in Tempe.
The Tempe Improv will host two events this week. The open mic on Tuesday is a great opportunity for those gutsy, aspiring comics to test their metal in front of a live audience. Then comedian, actor and writer Josh Wolf will take to the Improv’s stage Thursday through Sunday . He’s a regular round table guest and writer on the hit E! series “Chelsea Lately,” as well as a performer on the new E! series “After Lately.” He also recently debuted his latest book, It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad.
The Tempe Comedy Concert Series will continue at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Friday with the comedy group Right Wing Left Wing satirizing politics and politicians on both sides of the isle. Later in the evening, more aspiring comics will give it their best shot during the open mic. On Saturday, Bully Mammoth returns to perform their unique brand of sketch comedy.
Changing Hands Bookstore will also get into the comedy mode on Friday with the non-profit comedy troupe Off the Cuff . They are know for their interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of ”Whose Line Is It Anyway?” And this one’s free.
Comedy isn’t the only form of entertainment in Tempe this week. There’s great live music, dance and for families a free art workshop and movie. For more details view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- August 28: Open Mic, Tempe Improv
- August 29: Desert Dance Theatre & Red Rocks Music Festival: Transfigured Night, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 29-September 1: Josh Wolf, Tempe Improv
- August 30: Finally Friday: Justin Olson, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 30: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Right Wing Left Wing, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 30: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Art
- August 30: Off the Cuff Comedy Improv Show, Changing Hands Bookstore
- August 30: Kung Fu Grip: Cover Band Rock; August 31: Jared & The Mill, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- August 30: The Persuaders; August 31: Knee Deep Experience, Tempe Marketplace DistrictStage
- August 30: David & Amy of Peppermint James; August 31: Scott Jeffers, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- August 30: Honey Girl; August 31: Bill Dutcher, Top of the Rock
- August 31: 25th Anniversary of Danzig With Doyle , Marquee Theatre
- August 31: Johnny Tanner, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
- August 31: Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Lauren Strohacker, Silhouette Animal-Scapes,Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 31: Bully Mammoth, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 31: Movies at the Museum: The Rescuers (1977), Tempe History Museum