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A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

A Night at the Improv with Jay Phillips...

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Tonight's show at the Cleveland Improv was definitely one to remember.  The show featured comedians Rob Ward, Patrick Melton, and headliner Jay Phillips. Phillips is no newcomer to comedy, having been all over HBO comedy specials and Def Comedy Jam. He also carried a leading role in the 2008 film Semi Pro alongside Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, and Outkast's Andre Benjamin. He's now a part of the new BET sketch series The Xperiment! 

Rob Ward emcee'd the show, offering his own unique brand of comedy that had the audience at ease. Ward often emcees a number of shows here at the Improv, and continues to build his following with each show. He always does a fantastic job with warming the crowd up. 

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Patrick Melton followed Ward with a hilarious set that had the audience laughing energetically from the start. There wasn't necessarily one thing that Melton focus on. He talked about a variety of topics, but it was more conversational. That's what made him easily relate with the crowd, ultimately wining them over, Both Ward and Melton were the added bonus of the night, as with the Improv, only the headliner is advertised. You don't necessarily know who you're getting with the openers, so being completely honest, the show could go one of two ways. Tonight was definitely one of those nights where each comedian rocked hard.

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Following the trend of the night, Jay Phillips commandeered the crowd with no trouble whatsoever. His often animated delivery made for a fun time, and his style, also conversational, definitely won the audience immediately. It was basically like he was spending the night talking with friends, and nothing was off limits. One of the things that stood out for me was his impression of President Barack Obama. Anyone in the audience would say he was "spot on" with the President's dialect. We definitely can't give too much away in reference to what he joked about, but we emphatically say that Phillips is absolutely hilarious, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not going out to see him, wherever the is.

Phillips will be here in Cleveland throughout the remainder of the weekend performing with both Patrick Melton and Rob Ward at the Cleveland Improv. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact 216-696-4977, or visit www.clevelandimprov.com

Jay Phillips can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @jayphillipslive

Patrick Melton can be found on both Twitter and Instagram with the handle: @pmelt

Rob Ward can be found on Instagram with the handle: @robwardcomedy

 

Comedian Gary Owen to Return to Cleveland to Headline Cleveland Improv...

Comedian Gary Owen to Return to Cleveland to Headline Cleveland Improv...

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Comedian Gary Owen is headed back to the city of Cleveland, and as always, it's set to be a fun-filled time. Owen will be taking center-stage at the Cleveland Improv as the comedy club's headlining act. He's set to begin Thursday, March 26, and extend through Sunday, March 29, 2015. 

Gary last hit us with his brand of Comedy in June 2014, just as he had a number of other things booming. Of course, he was enjoying the success of last year's second installment of Think Like a Man, but he was also gearing up for a surprise offer to present at the 2014 BET Experience! We had an opportunity to actually talk with Gary there at the Improv! That video can be accessed on our YouTube account by clicking the link below!

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Currently, Owen is gearing up for the release of the new film Get Hard, which stars Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell! The movie actually hits theaters March 27, the same weekend he's here in the city!

Cleveland fans are excited as ever that he'll be returning to unleash an updated routine. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.clevelandimprov.com

 

Comedian Jay Phillips ( @jayphillipslive ) Set to Headline the Cleveland Improv...

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Cleveland! Are you ready to laugh? Comedian Jay Phillips Is all set to bring the laughs this weekend, as he'll be headlining at the Cleveland Improv, beginning tomorrow March 20 and extending through Sunday March 22. 

Phillips has been seen in a number of films and television shows, and regular performs stand-up comedy across the country. As a result of numerous appearances in BET's Comicview and HBO Def Comedy Jam, as well as several other comedy specials, Jay has become very well respected with his line of comedy. 

For more information or to purchases tickets to his shows this weekend, visit www.clevelandimprov.com

Michael Colyar: Living The Dream (Video Interview - Grandstand TV)

Comedian Michael Colyar is a true legend in the world of comedy. Not only has he conquered the world of comedy, but he's also an accomplished actor, entertainer, voiceover artist, and author. Many will remember Colyar winning the Grand Prize Championship on Star Search. Others remember him for his show-stopping performances on Def Comedy Jam. Colyar has done so much over the past 30 years of his career, ranging from small to large productions, and television shows to large-budget films. It was in 1994 that he introduced the world to "Showboat" in House Party 3. He's made many appearances on your favorites sitcoms and television shows, including Martin, The Hughleys, The Parkers, In the House, and The Bernie Mac Show. The world fell in love with him; yet again, as Buford in The Princess & The Frog. These projects are only a small glimpse into the things that he's done throughout his career. Colyar has given us his all throughout the years, and fans love him tremendously for that. That actually brings us to tonight. Colyar is here in Cleveland, performing a string of sets at The Cleveland Improv! Despite the number of things he continues to do in his time, he continues to thrive and flourish in the stand-up world. We had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Colyar for a quick interview about tonight's performance, and everything he's got going on right now. One of the big things we aim to push here at Urban Grandstand is living your dream. There's nothing like following your heart and passion and doing what you love! We talk to Mr. Colyar about that very thing, as it becomes clear that he is indeed living the dream!