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Joe List turns the punchlines on himself at Hilarities, Bill Bellamy headlines the Improv

September 20, 2018

Joe List turns the punchlines on himself at Hilarities, Bill Bellamy headlines the Improv

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who wants everything slathered in srirachacue sauce ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland. Heinz has put out out “Mayochup,” a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup. I am not kidding. Some call it an abomination, but there’s room in my fridge for mayochup right next to the mustradish, soycestershire and hoissabi.

At Hilarities:  Joe List seems like a well-mannered, perfectly likeable guy who probably would never say a mean thing to your face.

But make no mistake: He’s an insult comic. And the target is himself.

“I don’t like the term body builder, I feel like it’s too exclusive.  Technically, we’re all body builders. Just some of us are building crappier bodies than other people,” he said is a stellar set this year on the Tonight Show. “I like to lift weights. My favorite part of lifting weights is that break in between sets where you kind of check your phone and go home for a couple weeks.”

List combines his childhood and his unmuscular adulthood to continue building a hilarious, and clean, case against himself.

He talks about a girl in school saying he had a “five head,” meaning bigger than a forehead.

“You get made fun of for being fat, that’s horrible, but at least you can say, ‘You know what? I’m gonna diet and exercise, and I’ll show you.’ But if you get made fun of for having a big forehead, there’s really no action for you to take,” he said. “You can’t say, ‘I’ll have the Caesar Salad, I’m watching my forehead right now.’ I was pretty smart. I just tried to keep my eyebrows raised all of the time. I just looked surprised all through middle school.”

List got his comedy start in Boston in 2000, right after he graduated from high school. He’s been on tons of late night shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, had a Comedy Central half hour special and has a streaming half-hour spot on Netflix’s “The Stand Ups.”

He’s produced two album, ‘So Far No Good’ and ‘Are You Mad at Me?’ and co-hosts the  ‘Tuesdays with Stories’ weekly podcast.

List performs  at Hilarities 8 p.m. Thursday ($23), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday ($25) and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($28).Hilarities is inside  Pickwick & Frolic restaurant,  2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242 or go to hilarities.com.

At the Improv: Bill Bellamy has a famous face (He was on MTV, hosted NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and had roles in movies such as “Any Given Sunday). And he’s a stand-up comedy pro who has worked the circuit for decades. But people can’t always place him.

He jokes about being stared at by people in public who know he’s famous, but don’t quite know who he is.

“One of the girls got enough nerve to walk up to me and she was like, “Excuse me. What’s your name? What’s your name? And I was like, Bill Bellamy. And she was like, ‘No it ain’t.’”

Bellamy says he avoids topics that separate people, politics and religion, in favor of stuff everyone can relate to, like his observations about relationships and the human condition. He coined the phrase “Booty Call” in a performance on “Def Comedy Jam” in 1992.

Bellamy performs at the Cleveland Improv at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $25. The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooter’s on the West Bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

Coming soon:

At the Ohio Theatre: Iliza Shlesinger brings her “Elder Millennial” tour for two performances, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square.Tickets are $29.50-$35. A VIP package, $100, includes a seat in the first six rows, a post show meet & greet and photo, and a signed tour poster. Go to playhousesquare.org or call 866-546-1353 for ticket information.

At the Hard Rock Live:

Jeff Foxworthy headlines the concert stage inside the Hard Rock Rockino in Northfield at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $65-$125. Go to

ticketmaster.com

or call ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. For more information call the Hard Rock Live box office at 855-660-7625.
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