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by Mallory McKnight COMEDY


At The B.O.B. Grand Rapids, MI 616.356.2000


www.thebob.com Ask the Audience:


SEAN PATTON June 2 - 4


“Whose Live Anyway?” A


S YOU HIT THE STAGE and blink back bright lights, it hits you: You have no clue what you’re sup- posed to be saying. For most people, that’s a night-


mare scenario. For Ryan Stiles and the cast of “Whose Live Anyway?,” it’s what they live for. “I’ll keep doing it as long as it’s fun,” Stiles


said. “It keeps me young.” The improv-comedy tour, “Whose Live


JESSI CAMPBELL June 9 - 11


Anyway?” comes to the Kalamazoo State Theatre June 4 at 7 p.m. Stiles, along with Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis have toured together off-and-on with the show for the past 10 years. The show changes every night, as the actors


RODNEY LANEY June 16 - 18


cycle through improv games using audience suggestions to shape the material. From songs to skit, everything is made up and performed on the spot. Anyone who has seen “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will be familiar with the set-up, except for one major difference. “We didn’t find [former host] Drew


[Carey] very funny,” Stiles said. “So, we don’t bring him with us.” The televised version of the show ran


for 13 seasons in the U.S. and more in the U.K., where it originated. Stiles said the show continues to appeal to new fans because of the good will audiences have toward improv performers.


PAULY SHORE June 22


Other Comedy Events | by Garrett Dennert


Jerry Seinfeld DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids


June 9, 7 p.m. $47.50–$77.50 devosperformancehall.com, (616) 742-6500


THEGILMORECOLLECTION.COM ANDY KINDLER


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You love his curly hair and nasally voice, but most of all, you love his views on everyday life. For years, Jerry Seinfeld has been making us laugh, whether we saw the “Seinfeld” episodes the week they were originally released or if we experienced them through the re-runs on a dozen different channels. It isn’t the first time since his infamous TV show that the comedian has toured, but Mr. Seinfeld is returning to his


roots again as a solo act. Yes, solo. No George and Elaine. No Kramer and Newman. No problem. Before “Seinfeld” existed, he dazzled audiences with his stand-up routines. Seinfeld is an experienced stand-up vet, performing on the stage for more than 30 years, so you can expect his delivery and rhythm to be similar to that of his early material, but don’t think this old dog doesn’t have any new tricks.


Andy Kindler Dr. Grins, Grand Rapids


June 23–25, showss at 8, 9 and 10:30 p.m. thebob.com, (616) 356-2627


This NYC native has appeared on über-popular TV shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and has made recurring appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman.” He was also a judge of “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. Kindler has performed at comedy clubs across the country and is bringing his talents to Grand Rapids. He may look like a shy, nerdy guy, but he is anything but. Kindler is sarcastic, relevant and fiery but kind of sweet at the same time, so prepare for a show where “unpredictable” might be an understatement.


Ryan Stiles and


“People really want it to work,” Stiles said. The theatre setting gives the show


advantages over the televised version. The show moves at a better pace away from the cameras. Working on bigger stages gives the players more room to breathe and makes the skits more scenic, he said. Traveling from city to city to perform also gives Stiles an op- portunity to laugh and bond with his fellow


improvisers, something he doesn’t get to do as often as he would like. He considers himself lucky to hit the road and see the country. “Sometimes, it’s hard to convince myself


that I’m going to work when I get onstage,” Stiles said. “My wife doesn’t really believe it, either.” In addition to his “Whose Line” fans,


Stiles gets recognized for his work on “Two and a Half Men.” Although, he recognizes that those days might be over. “You can’t replace Charlie (Sheen), he was


the show,” he said. “But, who knows what happens in Hollywood?” n


“WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” Kalamazoo State Theatre June 4, 7 p.m.; $29-$35 kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500


SCHEDULE | DINING |SIGHTS


SOUNDS | SCENE


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