Posted by: Nancy
July 15, 2013
This is definitely a good week to chill out and laugh it up in Tempe. Both the Tempe Center for the Arts and the Tempe Improv will set the stage for some side-splitting fun. One of my favorite comics, Michael McDonald (not to be confused with the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonald) will be at the Tempe Improv, July 19-21. He’s most likely most remembered from his 10 year-long stint on MADtv where he created some of the funniest, most memorable sketch comedy characters like Stuart Larkin, Rusty Miller, Marvin Tikvah and Mofaz, the Depressed Persian Tow Truck Man. He was also known for his hilarious impressions of Al Gore, Bob Barker, John Kerry, Dr. Phil, Bill O’Reilly, Hugh Laurie (as Gregory House), Hugh Beaumont (as Ward Cleaver), Sarah Jessica Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw) and the list goes on and on.
After leaving MADtv McDonald worked on several TV shows and film. He was a writer, director and producer for several seasons of Cougar Town and has directed episodes of the hit series 2 Broke Girls, Scrubs, MADtv and 7th Heaven. Most recently he co-starred with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in 20th Century Fox comedy The Heat. McDonald also continues to tour as a stand-up comedian, performing to sold-out audiences across the country.
There’s a whole lot of funny stuff going on this week. See the list below for more comedy shows and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.
- July 16: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- July 17: Miranda Sings; July 18: Open Mic, Tempe Improv
- July 18: Ronnie Winters, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- July 19: Finally Friday, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 19: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Funny Times 10 and Jonathan Gregory, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 19: Keltic Cowboys; July 20: Resonation, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- July 19: Peppermint James; July 20: Mojo Farmers, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- July 19: Tony Putrino; July 20: Pete Pancrazi, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- July 19: Live Musics, July 20: Rex Williams, Top of the Rock
- July 19-21: Michael McDonald, Tempe Improv
- July 19: Sick Puppies; July 21: J Boog: Katchafire, Marquee Theater
- July 20: Walk-in Family Art Workshop: Cory Rogers: Butterfly Sun Catchers, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 20: Hooters Blues, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
- July 20: Arizona’s Got Dance! 2013, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 20: Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: The Czech Connection, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 21: Miss Gay Arizona America Pageant, Tempe Center for the Arts
- July 21: Ronnie Winters, Rula Bula Irish Pub