If your glass is typically half empty rather than half full, and you’re more likely to take the cynical, sarcastic side of the everything, pointing out and embracing life’s inequities as if they were your own just for a sympathetic nod, then an evening with Richard Lewis, the perpetually pessimistic stand-up comic, should improve your feeling of self-worth. Lewis has made a long career of making others feel good by being seemingly besieged with troubles of his own. Though this is his shtick, Lewis did battle with drug and alcohol addiction -- his coping method for stage fright -- before sobering up in the late 1990s. Yet, being on stage has always been his therapy, and might just mimic your own.
Get some cheap psychiatric help with Lewis 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Performances continue through Saturday, July 20. Tickets are $22, and there's a two-drink minimum. Call 480-719-6100 or visit www.standuplive.com.