Ballyhooed actors and comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano return to their standup roots for their first ever co-headlining national tour. Having paid their dues together in the nightclub trenches many moons ago, the bosom buddies found fame as leading men in two of television's most respected sitcoms. The charismatic Kevin James rose to ubiquity with his Emmy-nominated work on the smash sitcom The King of Queens and in leading-man roles in movies such as Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, whereas Ray Romano's alter ego Ray Barone lives forever on the syndicated classic Everybody Loves Raymond. Live, the jocular pair unloads fresh musings and wry insight into bits ranging from relationship foibles and sports and fitness to the joys of aging, all filtered through Kevin's gruff teddy-bear persona and Ray's everyman affability.
Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
Arcadia Sports Bar and Grill revolves around three words: family, fun, and food. The eatery caters to the whole family, from its comfort food to its arcade games for the kids. A menu of burgers, chili dogs, and baskets of fries or onion rings keeps dinner casual, and there's also a menu of kids' combo meals that include a free toy. Thanks to a pool table and TVs playing sports games, the grownup kids stay equally entertained.
Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of stand-up with today's Groupon: for $14, you get $50 worth of cover, admission, food, drinks, and merchandise at Laughs Unlimited. Essentially, once you’ve paid for entry and cover to the show of your choice, you may use the remainder amount as cash on anything you like. Groupon customers will be seated in the special VIP balcony above the main stage, prime seats for muppet-based heckling.
With 27 years under its seltzer-squirting belt, Laughs Unlimited is the 12th-longest-running comedy club in the country and remains dedicated to hosting the top national comics in a welcoming environment. The club’s "Wall of Shame" features such living legends as Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, and Dana Carvey, all of whom cut their teeth on Laughs Unlimited’s razor-sharp mics when they were young and hungry and unsitcommed. The club continues to stay relevant in the chucklesphere by playing home to Kevin Pollack (whose Walken impression is still definitive), the wry and charming Jack Gallagher, and Michael Winslow (the sound effects guy from the Police Academy movies). The club hosts comedy shows Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 8 p.m., with two shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of every month showcases local talent by featuring the funniest youngbloods Sacramento has to offer. Those looking to hone their own comedic chops should make a playlist of nothing but “Lose Yourself” and head to Laughs Unlimited's Open Mic, held every first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. ($5 cover).
Laughs Unlimited replenishes busted guts with a fully stocked bar and menu, featuring hearty delights such as the Nacho Mama’s Nachos ($8) and Mexican Street Tacos ($5). And in case Jay Leno shows up and demands his old Laughs Unlimited time slot back, the bar will give you a fighting chance at laughing by flooding you with beers, wine, and specialty cocky tales such as Laughing Gas (Myers’s Dark Rum, crème de cacao, and Buttershots with a Bailey’s float, $7.75).
Recently given a full renovation with new furniture and four plasma-screen TVs, Laughs Unlimited's top-notch AV system will make sure that each punch line is presented with crystal-clear clarity, unless Steven Wright is performing that night. Exercise your flabby funny bone with today’s Groupon to Laughs Unlimited. You can also buy extras as gifts for any friends who’ve never noticed the humorous minutiae of air travel.
Due to the adult subject matter (taxes, working in an office, parenting), customers must be 17 or older.
Yelpers gives Laughs Unlimited four stars:
- I've been to Laughs Unlimited several times over the past few years and I have never been disappointed. It's a small enough club that you get an intimate show- but large enough that the crowd can really let loose. – Linsey F.
- Our server was as good as it gets. She was attentive and got all of our orders straight including the waters. – Coral H.
- I've had many, many laughs here. Even brought an ex-boyfriend to break up with him after the show. – Emily S.
Like beauty, comedy is in the eye of the beholder and is often delivered by waves of electromagnetic radiation. Zap your funnybone safely with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a general-admission ticket to your choice of Saturday Anti-Cooperation League improv or Friday-night stand-up comedy at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Midtown.
Improv comedy is as sporadic and unpredictable as living life or being best friends with Wayne Brady. The long-form Anti-Cooperation League shows, which run every Saturday at 9 p.m., creatively intertwine dynamic improv scenes that start with simple inspiration from an audience member's wallet or purse. Friday-night stand-up shows showcase the talents of individual comics at 8 p.m. and rotate from week to week.
Laughing has many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and freaking out budgies. Unwind after a long week, earn popularity points retelling jokes at work, or convince your significant other to loosen up or fall apart with a weekend show. Sacramento Comedy doesn't have a bar, but there's a popcorn bar with more than 15 different toppings. Shows are open to all ages but should be considered PG-13, though ghosts and other ageless entities are welcome.
KCRA 3 featured the Sacramento Comedy Spot in a video segment, and the Sacramento Press went to an Anti-Cooperation League show:
- A compelling blend between dry wit, slapstick and quick thinking enthralled the crowd of over 100. During the performance, the comedians welcomed audience volunteers to the stage to share details about their lives. Adeptly transitioning between scenes portraying gambling-obsessed women, lustful elderly men and hypochondriac middle school children, the performers created a series of hilarious scenes inspired by the volunteers' lives. – Anthony Bento, Sacramento Press
Yelpers give the snicker shack 4.5 stars:
- One of the hidden gems in Sacramento...The people are are [sic] great and even though the cast is always changing, I always have a great time! – Jenny W.
Limelight’s lasagna, steaks, and salads compete for space in stomachs as patrons in an adjacent card room compete in Texas hold'em and blackjack. A wooden bar next to exposed-brick walls keeps glasses full and brains busy with questions about the presidential line of succession during Tuesday-night trivia. During weekend brunches, omelets and pancakes ornament the plates of diners still musing over last night’s dreams about a dolphin water-polo league.