Italian Rapscallion

She’s tough. She’s hot. She’s proud of her roots. And she’s a pretty darn formidable poker player, to boot.

If she didn’t already exist so effortlessly in real life, Tammy Pescatelli might have been plucked from the comedy casting department and molded to exact industry specifications. Well, not that her successes on the second season of Last Comic Standing and her own Comedy Central Presents special were all that effortlessly achieved. It’s brains and tenacity that have taken the Cleveland native from surviving a family of all brothers to her quick, cutting, and infinitely in-control performance at last year’s Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

Before the release of her upcoming indie films Everybody Wants to Be Italian and Made in Brooklyn, Pescatelli headlines the Tempe Improv.

Thu., May 7, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 8, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., May 9, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., May 10, 8 p.m., 2009