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Energy Governed

Greg Hahn's restrained performance at the cozy Boca Box 2.0 doesn't skimp on laughs.

by Chuck king
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BOCA RATON – Upon taking the stage at the intimate The Boca Box 2.0, high energy comic Greg Hahn realized he was going to have to govern himself a bit.

“Small crowd, so I had to bring it down but I loved it,” Hahn said. “They were a fun crowd.”

Accustomed to playing larger venues across the nation, Hahn still does some smaller gigs. And with the nation still struggling to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult to predict when the large crowds will return.

Saturday’s gig at The Boca Box 2.0, a smaller room adjacent to Boca Black Box, provided an opportunity for Hahn to scale down the volume and fervor while still delivering first-class entertainment.

“It’s something I need to practice and I got some good practice,” Hahn said.

Those in attendance appeared to enjoy the adaptation.

“The crowd was great,” promoter Mike Cintron said. “This is probably the best show that I’ve seen here at The Boca Box 2.0. The energy was great. The comics brought that great infectious energy. When you see all that positive come together, it’s a legendary night.”

APPLAUSE BREAK-DOWN

VENUE: The Boca Box 2.0 (Nov. 28, 2020)

LINEUP:
David Sadman (host)
Anthony Terzo
Fasil Malik (guest)
Nadeem Awad (feature)
Greg Hahn (headliner)

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Hahn’s bit about what to do when interviewing for a job you realized you don’t want isn’t new, but it rocked the house nonetheless. “It gave me an idea of what I should do on my next interview,” Citron said, laughing.

BE OUR GUEST: Terzo, another high energy comic, scaled back his performance a little. His jabs at the Boca Raton stereotypes were well received by the crowd of locals. …Awad immediately engaged the audience with his opening bits, ensuring the crowd was hot when Hahn took the stage. …Sadman kept the show moving, once again showing why he’s one of the best hosts in South Florida. …Malik’s deadpan delivery stood in sharp contrast to the performances of Terzo and Hahn, giving the audience a different look.

WORKING THE ROOM: Hahn’s set doesn’t rely on crowd work, but those in attendance received a nice surprise when he greeted and thanked everyone personally as they exited the show.

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THE COMICS’ TABLE: Hahn expected to hop on a plane early the next morning. He’s performing at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas Dec. 3-6. …Awad is opening and Sadman is hosting for Jimmy Shubert at the Palm Beach Improv on Dec. 8.

ONE LINER: “I like this COVID stuff because I don’t like people watching me while I work.” – Hahn

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