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Studies have shown that laughter is a universal expression in all cultures (and in some animals, like rats and chimps). All humans may laugh, but only a talented few are funny, and it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict some of the funniest will grace the Liquid Laughs stage in 2020—just look at the lineup for January.
Local comedian Sean Peabody (Jan. 16-19, $12-$15) is a big guy. If you don’t know him, you might think he’s a little scary, but the only way this Polynesian powerhouse will hurt you is to make you laugh until your sides hurt. Peabody, a Marine veteran, has been doing standup for more than 14 years. He knows how to work a crowd and he’s such a skilled storyteller, you’ll feel you’re old friends by the end of his show.
Matt Bragg (Jan. 30-Feb. 02, $12-$15), another local treasure, might also be a little intimidating at first, but only if a bald gay Navy veteran in a brightly printed jumpsuit frightens you. If it does, you’re exactly the kind of person Bragg wants at his shows. He has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences and throughout his long standup career, Bragg has been working to “change the perception of the gay community through his comedy.” He’s a shining example of not judging a book—or a man—by the cover.
Sandwiched between these two local comedy giants is big-time actor/comedian/author/voice actor Chris Kattan (Jan. 23-25, $25, no Sunday show). As a Saturday Night Live cast member for several years, Kattan displayed a gift for uncovering the funny in the unexpected, giving life to absurd but lovable characters like human-monkey man Mr. Peepers; seductivel siren Mango; and Doug Butabi, one half of “The Roxbury Guys,” who with his brother Steve (played by Will Ferrell), made sure no one ever heard Haddaway’s song “What Is Love” the same way again. Along with several TV appearances, recurring characters, and film and voice roles, Kattan has been perfecting his standup, and his transition from screen back to stage (Kattan was a member of The Groundlings before joining SNL) has been welcomed by longtime and new fans alike. Get your tickets soon, because like an apple in Mr. Peepers’ hand, they’ll be gone before you know it.
With a hot new monthly comedy party, Cool Birthday (Jan. 21, $5), starting in January as well, Liquid Laugh’s vision for 2020 is clear.
For hi-res images, more information, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, contact Jeremy Aevermann at 208-371-8989 or [email protected]. Tickets are available at liquidboise.com/events. Unless otherwise noted, show times are as follows: Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 p.m.