Zeus became known as the Greek god of improvisation after he came up with Athena off the top of his head. Make up mythological mirth with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a ticket and a $5 food and beverage voucher to Scott Hansen's "Beach Blanket Comedy," presented in the park north of Bayside Grille behind the BayView Event Center on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior (a $10 value). Choose between the following dates:
• Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Fancy Ray. • Sunday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Stagebenders.
"Beach Blanket Comedy" presents patrons with a weekly summer lineup of touring human laugh machines, cranking out 90-minute shows with observational humor and pithy punch lines delivered on Lake Minnetonka's shore. On Sunday, June 19, Fancy Ray explains why he has been dubbed the "best lookin' man in comedy" by finding every member of the audience’s car keys. The following week, the Stagebenders comedy duo takes their fast, interactive comedic stylings to the stage. These Minneapolis natives draw comparisons to Abbott and Costello through their quick-witted back-and-forth banter. The beverage voucher dampens thirsty maws with one of the cool concoctions from the drink menu at the attached eatery Bayside Grille. Grant laugh-riddled cores some respite at one of the two outdoor bars, where sips of liquid partner with views of the pier to make visitors feel at least 5 percent more fish-like.