WEST PALM BEACH – It’s a show that’s five years in the making.
Local South Florida favorite Nadeem Awad is ready to headline South Florida’s biggest stage, taking the mic at the Palm Beach Improv on Wednesday for the first time as the main attraction.
“To be on that stage, it’s hard to take it all in – to realize that I’m in the biggest club in Florida,” Awad said. “I’m excited about it, and nervous about it.”
Wednesday may be his first time headlining at the Improv, but he’s certainly familiar with the stage. Awad’s featured at the Improv for numerous comics over the past couple years, including five shows last month for Bret Ernst.
In recent months Awad’s been headlining shows more frequently, incorporating more relaxed storytelling into his act while pushing himself to develop deeper sets.
“I have to start forcing myself to do things I’m uncomfortable with and this is one of the steps,” Awad said. “I have to get used to being the guy going last.”
Awad’s spent the past few weeks canvasing South Florida promoting the show. He estimates 200 tickets have already been distributed and is expecting a fairly large walk-up crowd. Advance tickets are $10 via Eventbrite, $15 at the door.
In keeping with the show’s local theme, Dan Long and David Sadman will be the feature comics, with Anthony Terzo handling hosting duties.
“I’m really excited,” Awad said. “I have a lot of friends coming out – a lot of them have never seen me perform.”
Applause Planner – Plan On It
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Dougie Almeida – Gatsby’s Joint, Fort Lauderdale
The Speakeasy Chronicles welcomes Dougie Almeida back to South Florida for this free show. Brett Engle and Chris Renois are also scheduled to perform, with producer Nileja serving as host. The show begins at 8 p.m. While there is no cover, there is a one-item minimum.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Gold Coast Comedy Tour – Vinnie’s, Lauderdale By The Sea
Nik Macik headlines this show, joining Riley Edwards and Connie Fernandez as three of the top comedians in Florida. They are bringing their dark, charming, and irreverent brand of comedy to Vinnies, giving South Florida comedy fans a late-night option. Jonathan Manning hosts the free show, which begins at 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Chris Cope – Martin Downs, Stuart
Chris Cope has appeared on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Dry Bar. On Friday he’s headlining the Casey N Spaz show at upscale Martin Downs – one of the best places to see comedy on the Treasure Coast. Casey Peruski and Spaz McGoorty are expected to perform, along with special guests. Tickets prices start at $22. The show begins at 8 p.m. Can’t make this show? Don’t fret. The same lineup performs on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce. Catch Cope there.
For a complete list of this week’s South Florida comedy shows, including shows at the PB Improv and Dania Improv, visit the Applause Breack Events calendar.