Joking Off

When it comes to the seemingly never-ending debate over immigration, Alonzo Bodden is able to nimbly cut through both the hype and hate surrounding the ultra-contentious SB 1070: “If you look like an illegal alien, they can stop you and ask for papers, and they say that’s not racist,” Bodden jokes. “That will not be racist only when they stop a white guy and say, ‘You look Canadian!’”

The well-traveled comedian will make the case for common sense in a world of absurdity during his visit to the Tempe Improv, 930 East University Drive in Tempe, this weekend. Bodden’s been toiling away on the club circuit for nearly two decades, honing the kind of hilariously elevated everyman observations and razor-sharp wit that helped him win Season 3 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made him a familiar face to comedy fans.

Fri., April 1, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat., April 2, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sun., April 3, 7 p.m., 2011