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The Applause Planner says local comic Nadeem Awad's return as headliner at the PB Improv highlights a monster week of South Florida comedy.

by Chuck king
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UPDATE – TUESDAY, 8:45 p.m.: Tropical Storm Nicole has prompted the postponement of Wednesday’s Nadeem Awad and Friends show one week. Tickets for the original Nov. 9 show will be honored on Nov. 16.

DELRAY BEACH – A blend of national and local acts has the second week of November primed to be one of South Florida’s best of the year – provided Tropical Storm Nicole doesn’t interfere.

Nadeem Awad’s second headlining gig at his home comedy club, the Palm Beach Improv, tops the week of local shows.

A year ago Awad packed nearly 400 fans into the PB Improv for a show that demonstrated a strong and deep resume of material. Some 12 months later Awad is looking to create a show loaded with new bits, jokes, and observations – though some of the classic routines fans have come to love may find their way into the set.

David Sadman once again joins Awad on the Improv lineup. Nathan Wallace, Jim Patterson and Steve Lamm are also scheduled to performed – and some special guests are likely to join them.

Awad and Improv owner Rene Harte are paying close attention to Nicole, but as of Tuesday afternoon the show is still proceeding as scheduled. With ticket sales in the same neighborhood as last year’s show, it would be a shame if weather interfered. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Nicole could also affect several other stand-out South Florida shows, including Thursday’s Florida’s Funniest Comedian semifinals at the Dania Improv. Awad and Wallace are two of the 13 competitors on Thursday. Nicole is expected to make landfall far enough north of Dania that a direct hit isn’t much of a concern, but a slight jog south could make the decision to proceed with this show an uncomfortable call. Harte will also have to take into account the ability of comics from the northern portion of the state being able to safely travel to Dania.

Awad is one of South Florida’s top local comics. For those looking to see big national names, this week also offers performances by Adam Sandler, Russell Peters and Steven Wright. There should be plenty of laughter to go around.

APPLAUSE PLANNER – Plan On It

TUESDAY, NOV. 8 – WEDNESDAY NOV. 9
Adam Sandler – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood
Former Saturday Night Live comic Adam Sandler’s jokes, songs, skits and movies were everywhere in the 90’s and early 2000s. What’s he been doing lately? In 2018 his “100% Fresh” was released on Netflix – Sandler’s first comedy special in 20 years. He’ll perform Tuesday and Wednesday. Hit the Tuesday night show before reserving Wednesday night for Awad’s show. Ticket prices begin at $65.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2022
Uncork’d Comedy – Cork’s Wine Bar, Jensen Beach
After a little time away from the game Jessy Denny is back producing shows. On Wednesday, weather permitting, Funny Pharms, Jessy Denny, Lunchboxx, CJ, Juan Torres, and Cory G are all expected to perform. During the show Cork’d Wine Bar will be offering drink and menu specials. The free show begins at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2022
Florida’s Funniest Comedian – Dania Improv, Dania Beach
Thirteen of Florida’s best up-and-coming comics will compete for four spots in the finals of the Florida’s Funniest Comedian competition. This show serves as the East Coast semifinals, with winners from the Miami, Dania, Palm Beach and Fort Pierce opening rounds competing. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $5.

FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2022
Russell Peters – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood
Recently named as one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Comics of All Time, Russell Peters returns to South Florida as part of his Act Your Age world tour. In 2004, Peters gained critical and global recognition for his CTV “Comedy Now!” special and soon became the first comedian to sell-out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2007. Peters went on to set attendance records at venues from Madison Square Garden to The Sydney Opera House to London’s O2 Arena – where he broke the UK attendance record for highest number of tickets sold for an individual comedy show. Tickets prices begin at $46.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2022
Steven Wright – Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Coral Springs
It looks like this show, rescheduled a couple times because of the COVID pandemic, will finally happen. Known for his offbeat, deadpan comedy, Wright received his big break when booked for his first “Tonight Show” appearance on Friday, August 6, 1982. The king of late night enjoyed the performance so much he invited Wright to appear again the following Thursday, a rarity on “The Tonight Show.” Throughout the 1980s Wright became a regular guest on the late night talk shows. Ticket prices begin at $31.75.

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