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Sam Morril headlines Hilarities this weekend, Godfrey is at the Improv

October 11, 2018

Sam Morril headlines Hilarities this weekend, Godfrey is at the Improv

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who can’t wait for the Kanye 2024 campaign ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland! Kanye West is set to meet with President Trump and Jared Kushner this week. I’m hoping the artist shows up dressed as a bottle of Perrier water, like he did on  Saturday Night Live. Trump can be a two-liter Orange Crush and Kushner, of course, would be perfect as a crystal glass filled with tepid tap water.

At Hilarities: Sam Morril has a minimalist stage style. No physical manifestations of his punchlines. No acting out of his everyday antics. He sells his jokes with a velvety New York baritone, a smirk, impressively expressive eyebrows and dynamite joke writing. He covers the gamut from the silly to the sick, with setup-punchline bits and longer stories.

He’s a comic to watch and your chance to watch him, live, comes this weekend at Hilartiies.

Morril had his Tonight Show debut last month and has been on Conan and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His first full hour special on Comedy Central, “Amy Schumer presents Sam Morril: Positive Influence” premiered Sept. 14th.

Here’s a great example of Morril taking on a serious topic with his silly twist, as he addresses the reckoning for predators in the #MeToo movement.

“There’s a hockey team called the Predators. The Nashville Predators. Which, in this climate, very ballsy,” he says in his life year. “Because it’s actors now, but it’s going to be athletes next and that’s going to be a weird press release when they’re like, “We, at the Predators, are shocked. This is not what the Predators stand for. We’d like to be known as the alleged Predators if possible.”

A single guy who talks a lot about relationships and breakups, he says the only thing better than a baby is not having a baby.

“My sister calls her baby a miracle and I play along but it’s a bit much. Miracle? We never call adults a miracle and we’re doing way cooler stuff,” he says. “We just have a baby and we’re like, ‘Its a miracle!’ and then it grows up and we’re like, ‘Nevermind.’” ... Winning the lottery, that’s a miracle,. You’d never win the Mega Millions jackpot and be like, ‘Should we keep it?’”

And for a master class on tight writing, consider this from his debut album in 2015, Class Act:

“I look exactly like my biological father so I showed my friend a picture, and he said, ‘wow, it’s like you guys were separated at birth.’ I said, ‘we were.’”

Sam Morril headlines Hilartiies at 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 pickwickandfrolic.com.

At the Improv: Chicago native Godfrey is a relaxed joke-teller who can sprinkle in accents and spot on impressions, his best ever being Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

He also does Jason Statham, President Obama, and President Trump.

“He should be in the next installment of Harry Potter. Him and Voldemort,” he says, slipping into his impression, ”‘You’re not a real wizard, you’re just not real. People say don’t say his name, I say his name all the time, I don’t care.’”

Godfrey headlines the Cleveland Improv at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($17) 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday  and 7 p.m. Sunday (all $20). 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.

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