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Easy Going Gavin

Don Gavin returns to the Sadman Comedy Speakeasy Lounge as part of a killer line-up, making the Sadman Speakeasy IV show the Applause Planner Pick of the Week.

by Chuck king

BOCA RATON – The forced rescheduling of the Sadman Speakeasy IV show only made it stronger.

Originally scheduled for April 7, the show co-headlined by Don Gavin, Flip Schultz and Dan Wilson had to be pushed back a couple of weeks.

With everyone now healthy, Sadman Speakeasy IV, held above Arturo’s Ristorante in Boca Raton, could be the best show yet.

The semi-retired Gavin, AKA “The Godfather of Boston Comedy,” returns to the show for the first time since the grand opening. Gavin’s low key delivery and unique outlook on life had the crowd roaring on that night.

Schultz and Wilson will be making their first appearances at the Sadman Speakeasy as Gavin’s co-headliners. Schultz in particular has been popular over the past couple weeks, bringing some of his retired bits back and weaving them together with new material.

Locals Nadeem Awad and David Sadman will perform as the feature comics. Sadman served as host in the previous three shows, but those duties are being passed to Bruce Smirnoff this time. Smirnoff served as co-headliner in the first three Sadman Speakeasy Shows.

On top of all that talent, rumors are already swirling that Jimmy Shubert and Richie Minervini might drop in for a couple quick performances. Both had co-headlined previous Sadman Speakeasy shows.

As of this writing, tickets are still available for this show – though there aren’t many remaining. With this lineup, along with the quality of Arturo’s menu, tickets should be well worth the $25.


Higher Learning Comedy Festival – Tues. April 20, Boca Black Box
Comedy fans looking to celebrate 420 should spark up this show. Dr. Peggy Ching and Mike Cintron are actually producing two shows. The 7 p.m. show includes Charly Esturihlo and Warren Scott. The 9 p.m. show includes Jackie Sanchez, Steve Lamm, Drew Illa and John Loveless. Of course, considering what’s being celebrated, those times could be a little off…

Sunshine State Comedy – Wed. April 21, The Dubliner
Those unable to get tickets for the Sadman Speakeasy IV show have a viable alternative. Lenny Travis, Mike Panzeca and Perry Sak are some of the acts scheduled to perform at Gina Savage’s and Johnny Azari’s show at the Dubliner. That’s three more headliners on one show – and there are whiskey specials.

Kevin James Improv – Thurs. April 22 and Sunday April 25, Palm Beach Improv
There’s a good case to be made that anyone of the three Kevin James shows this week at the PB Improv should be the Applause Planner Pick of the Week. The fact that all three shows – one on Thursday, two on Sunday – are already sold out attests to his popularity. But if no tickets are available, recommending a show that readers won’t be able to attend didn’t seem useful. But let’s be clear – if tickets come available, go see Kevin James at the Palm Beach Improv.

Irish You Were Here – Thurs. April 22, Kelly Bros. Irish Pub
Lots of local talent to like on this show. Lenny Travis, Dougie Almeida, Perry Sak and Nadeem Awad may be the most recognizable names on the bill, but don’t overlook Zach Bugarin, David Sadman, Mike Cintron, Terry Wayne and Julie Baez. Oh, and it’s Sak’s birthday. The free show begins at 8 p.m.

Comedy Showcase – Fri. April 23, Carmela Coffee Company
It’s a busy week for Jackie Sanchez, who will be performing for the third time this week (420 Black Box, Wednesday at Hopportunities in Delray Beach). Lalo Rodriguez produces this Parkland show. Charly Esturihlo, Mark Christopher, Danny Fallon and Dan Caso are also scheduled to perform.

Flip Schultz– Sun. April 25, Monroe’s Red Light
Former Los Angeles-based comic Flip Schultz is finding plenty of work in South Florida. This is his second Applause Planner mention. Bobby Mac’s Sunday shows at Monroe’s Red Light offer a unique atmosphere. Ryan Scott features on this free show, with Amber Joy Lane, Lalo Rodriguez and Josh Filipowski also on the bill. Show begins at 9 p.m.

For a complete listing of this week’s comedy shows, visit our Events Calendar

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