Coming to the Tampa Improv: Marc Maron, Rob Schneider, Dana Gould ... and, yes, Steve-O
Let's get this out of the way: Yes, Steve-O is coming to the Tampa Improv this weekend. This must be a blow to the staple-scarred scrotum for any veteran working comic, as Steve-O's act -- insofar as it can be called an act -- consists largely of anecdotes from his years onscreen, with a little pain thrown in for good measure. Think of it as a variety show, albeit one in which the star routinely staples his scrotum to his leg.
Your Humble Soundcheck Editor actually interviewed Steve-O back in 2005. Here is a relevant excerpt:
With all the stunts that you’ve done, do you hurt on a daily basis?
No, I’ve never sustained an injury that I couldn’t recover from fully.
Can you go into a doctor’s appointment with a straight face?
Yeah, actually, I have, you know? It's funny. I'll tell the doctor, 'Yeah, I staple my balls to my leg pretty regularly.'
I’m assuming they don’t think that’s a good idea.
Yeah, but then, I don’t know. I remember telling that to the doctor, and then showing him all my junk, my penis and my balls. And he said, ‘Looks like you’re in good shape down there.’
The Improv assures us that despite Steve-O's arrest last week in Canada for allegedly assaulting a heckler eight years ago, he's still on board for the Tampa show. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22-$25, click here to get 'em.
At this point, we would like to note that the Improv isn't ENTIRELY about scrotum-stapling these days. While perusing the Improv's website, we noticed a few pretty phenomenal comics coming in May and June:
Dana Gould (May 5-8): Casual TV viewers may recognize Gould from his Seinfeld role as Fragile Frankie Merman, the hole-digging, van-dealing friend of Jerry's from summer camp ("The summer me," George called him.) But behind the scenes, Gould is a hugely respected comic voice, penning several albums, one-man shows and other alt-comedy showpieces. He wrote for The Ben Stiller Show and was a staff writer on The Simpsons, and is now a regular contributor to podcasts like The Adam Carrolla Show (in fact, he's on there today). He performs at the Improv from May 5-8; tickets are $16-$20. Click here to purchase.
Marc Maron (May 27-29): Speaking of podcasts, one of the best podcast hosts on earth is coming to the Improv in late May. Maron's in-depth WTF with Marc Maron is as good as it gets for fans of comedy or the entertainment business in general. After years of being respected (and often feared) by his fellow comics, the introspective curmudgeon has found his groove with WTF, delivering revealing interviews with folks like Conan O'Brien, Judd Apatow, Ben Stiller, Louie C.K., Dane Cook, Carlos Mencia and pretty much every other comic out there (including Dana Gould). The New York Times recently called it "a must-listen in show business and comedy circles," and we could not agree more. He performs at the Improv May 27-29, and tickets are $18-$20. Click here to purchase.
Rob Schneider (June 10-12): Before Saturday Night Live, before Deuce Bigalow, Schneider was, in fact, a stand-up comic. But we're willing to bet few of you remember his act. (Here's a taste.) He started as a stand-up in San Francisco, where he was discovered and brought aboard SNL. He performs June 10-12; tickets are $27-$30. Click here to purchase.
Finally, we would be remiss if we didn't mention that Side Splitters also has some interesting acts coming to Tampa, including Mike and Molly's Billy Gardell on May 12 and and Andrew Dice Clay on June 17. (The Diceman -- now there's a guy we'd like to hear on WTF.)
-- Jay Cridlin and Sharon Kennedy Wynne, tbt*