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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 7, 2010

Laugh again with Gaffigan

 •  Just being Tracy Morgan

By Dave Dondoneau
Advertiser TGIF Editor

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One of Comedy Central's go-to guys for its comedy specials is Jim Gaffigan, king of deadpan humor and biting sarcasm.

He's one of a handful of comics coming to O'ahu this month. Most are being brought in for shows at Pipeline Café, but Gaffigan will perform at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on May 22, and at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on May 21.

Gaffigan is an average-looking guy who has made a career out of commercials, skits and his disdain for Hot Pockets.

Among his TV credits is a co-starring role with Ellen DeGeneres on her CBS sitcom "The Ellen Show," and recurring roles on Fox's "That '70s Show" and NBC's "Ed." His commercials include Sierra Mist, ESPN, Saturn and Rolling Rock.

Tickets for both shows are $35 and $45. For Maui show tickets:

808-242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org.

For the Blaisdell show: 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.


• Angelo Tsarouchas, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pipeline Café ($20, $40, groovetickets.com, 877-714-7668).

Think "The Sopranos" and you'll have an idea of who Tsarouchas is. Burly in size with a mob-guy sense of humor, his film credits include "John Q," "Cinderella Man," "The Score" and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." He's also in the upcoming movie "Fred and Vinnie."

• Joe Torry opens for the '70s funk band S.O.S., 8 p.m. May 15, Blaisdell Concert Hall ($40, $50, www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000).

Torry has worked with Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Bernie Jackson, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy and several other top names in entertainment.

His comedy has stood the test of time and his show is open to all ages.

• Bobby Miyamoto, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pipeline Café. ($20, $40, www.groovetickets.com, 877-714-7668).

Miyamoto happily announces he's Japanese and that his dad was born and raised in Hawai'i. Then he tells you he grew up in Boise, Idaho — and he's still ticked off about it. A rising star with a great schtick.

• Steve Rannazzisi, 8 p.m. May 26, Pipeline Café, ($20, $40, www.groovetickets.com, 877-714-7668).

He's in the upcoming movie "Homewrecker" and also plays league commissioner Kevin on the FX sitcom "The League," which is about a group of guys fixated on fantasy football. Sound familiar to any football widows out there?

• Rex Navarrete, 8 p.m. May 28 and 29, Pipeline Café, ($25, $45, www.groovetickets.com, 877-714-7668).

He's been dubbed the Filipino King of Comedy, and he's putting on two shows because of the crowd he's drawn here in the past.

His "Maritess vs. The Superfriends" animation on the Internet is legendary. His first comedy CD was titled "Badly Browned," and his first live standup DVD was "Hella Pinoy." The second? "Badass Madapaka!"