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Dec 12: Neil Hamburger @ The Bell House, $18

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Even after getting boo-ed offstage at sold-out stadiums when opening for bands like Tenacious D and Faith No More, most people still don’t know who Neil Hamburger is, and many of those that do don’t find him funny. For the remaining few that know and like his work, this is a rare opportunity to see the comb-over king at the bottom of his game – a tired, sad, divorced alcoholic who doesn’t realize his time is long over, still willing to make a play for your sympathy with bygone jokes from a fuzzy past.

The always-disappointing comedian has been plying his trade for over two decades now, and seems to be willing to play anywhere for any audience, no matter how indifferent. I saw him a year ago at Meltasia festival, where he performed inside an abandoned monkey cage. He told mostly Gene Simmons jokes to a group of several hundred diehard KISS fans, and was poorly received.

Speaking of Entertainment (2015), there is some opening the bill: Bobby Valli, the younger brother of Frankie of The Four Seasons, will be performing some of his brother’s hits – from “Sherry” to “Oh! What a Night!” – as well as many of his own songs. According to the press release, “His magnificent styling gives the show a sophistication, polish and a characteristic flair all its own.” Sounds like a tough act to follow!

21+, tickets and details here.



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