The Frisco Kid

Up-and-comer’s set to rattle the comic Richter scale

West Coast Comedy 101: To springboard into acting, you strike out for LA. To perform standup for – gasp! – standup’s sake, you slug it out in the wilds of the San Francisco club scene. Al Madrigal falls into the latter category, having honed his deceptively baby-faced delivery and effortlessly fluid commentary in the Bay Area. He’s since relocated and made the network rounds. Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the award for Best Stand-Up Comedian at 2004’s Aspen Comedy Festival? All worthy cred-builders. Starring in this fall’s Project Gary alongside Jay Mohr? An opportunity to up his public profile big-time.

Witness slice-of-life storytelling and imminent stardom intersecting during shows at the Tempe Improv.

Thu., July 10, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 11, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., July 12, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 8 p.m., 2008
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