Posted on: May 20, 2013
It’s great to have the Tempe Improv back in operation. Since reopening in April, there’s been a bunch of great comics performing in the newly remodeled club. This week Flip Orley will quite literally mesmerize the audience with his standout blend of stand-up comedy and hypnosis.
Flip invites volunteers to join him on stage and become part of his routine. Ever respectful of his volunteers, he’s careful not to embarrass anyone, preferring instead to have the audience laugh with, not at, those who brave the stage. Anyone who does not feel comfortable is encouraged to say so and leave the stage. Flip truly wants everyone to have a good time.
Flip’s routines range from simple where he might make people forget their own names or forget how to spell, to more complicated situations. He never knows how people are going to respond, which makes for shows that are always fresh and funny. A good hypnotist/comedian has to be excellent at improv in order to take advantage of the situations that arise on his stage and Flip exploits those opportunities very well. It also takes a pretty gutsy performer to brave all the unknowns inherent in working with a bunch of hypnotized strangers.
Flip originally studied psychology at the University of Arizona with plans to become a clinical hypnotist, but turned instead to stand-up comedy. Eventually he merged the two and has become one of the most popular acts of its kind at comedy clubs across the country. His knowledge and appreciation of the benefits of the clinical side of hypnoses prompted him to develop techniques in seminars, workshops and CDs to help people deal with such issues as stress management, weight control and quitting smoking. He has assisted dentists and doctors with patients who are allergic to anesthesia. He aided a dentist who operated on a patient for almost two hours without an anesthetic and has helped bring difficult pregnancies to full term through stress control.
One other thing about Flip – he’s originally from Phoenix and loves returning to his hometown to perform. You can catch his act, or become part of it May 23-26 at the Tempe Improv.
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