The Five Best Comedy Shows in Dallas This Weekend, January 24-27
Every Thursday we highlight the best comedy of the coming weekend. Find more comedy events at dallasobserver.com/calendar.
Ahmed Ahmed Comedian or mobster? Guess we'll find out...
Ahmed Ahmed's Next Generation Comedy Tour at the Majestic Theater
Ahmed Ahmed (Yep, that's his name, not a type-o.), star of the TBS hit comedy Sullivan & Son, returns to stages across the U.S. as part of the Next Generation Comedy Tour. He's one-tenth of NGCT's comedian ensemble, which is united by a shared background of disappointing their immigrant parents. (Doctor? Lawyer? No, Mom! I'm a comedian!)
Ahmed immigrated from Helwan, Eygpt, to Riverside, California, at just one-month old, and showbiz eventually grabbed him by the collar. He moved to Hollywood when he was 19 to pursue a career as an actor and stand-up comedian, and since then, he's been in Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. Join him and his nine buddies this Saturday -- Dallas Observer readers get a special ticket discount. Just use the code "Observer" for 50 percent off your ticket price. Tickets available online.
Luenell at Arlington Improv
There's Fire, Water, Wind, Earth, and Luenell. A force of comedic nature, she's not for the easily embarrassed. Best known for her controversial role as the "hooker with the heart of gold" in the blockbuster comedy Borat, she'll be here Friday through Sunday to gyrate on the floor, act out oral sex with the mic, and anything else she can conjure in her brash brain. Get ready.
Kyle Kinane at Addison Improv
Named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch," Kinane has honed his craft on Conan, NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly, and Comedy Central Presents, and now he's here to spread joy and laughter. Well, maybe just laughter. With a dark and twisted take on the world, he spews stories on stage about working in kitchens, gas stations, and selling cake decorations on the phone. Guess which one sucked the hardest. He'll be here this Thursday through Sunday. Just don't bring him anything sugary. He's all tapped out.
Brad Williams at Hyena's in Dallas
You can save the short jokes; he's heard 'em all. Plus, his are better than yours. Born with Achondroplastic dwarfism, Williams owned the childhood horror that is known as "school," not by dodging his tormentors, but by beating their asses down with jokes. Naturally, stand up followed. He's been a regular opener for Carlos Mencia, and he'll be in Dallas this Thursday through Saturday. Midgets equal happiness, y'all!
Movie 43 opening Friday
Movie 43 is packed with a killer cast--Seth MacFarlane, Halle Berry, Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Dennis Quaid, and Greg Kinnear are just the tip of this sprawling comedy iceberg. The flick follows three kids through a series of interconnected shorts as they embark on a quest to find the world's most banned film. Filled with every kind of comedy you could ask for, this is one worth checking out. Rated R.