Standup comedians typically draw from real life, such as bad relationships or how the zoo is crazy. Life's a riot with this GrouponLive deal to see Aries Spears featuring Kabir Singh at Bal Theatre in San Leandro. For $60, you get two VIP tickets for seating in the first 12 rows (up to a $109 value, including all fees). Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, November 16, at 10 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.
While most people are born without a funny bone in their body, Aries Spears was born with a funny skeleton. Throughout his prolific career, the standup comedian, actor, and writer has always shown natural comedic instincts that can’t be rehearsed or taught in improv classes. Splitting sides since he was 14 years old, Spears scurried quickly up the rungs of professional comedy, earning airtime on Def Comedy Jam and It’s Showtime at the Apollo, and slaying crowds at the renowned Laugh Factory before he could legally buy its two-drink minimum.
After scoring a role on NBC’s A Different World and in films such as Jerry Maguire, Spears’ career took flight when he became a principal cast member of Fox’s MadTV. Across 198 episodes, Spears helped the sketch-comedy series establish itself as a comedic institution with his outlandish writing and original recurring characters, including hardcore rapper Emcee Esher and faux BET talk-show star and proud overeater Belma Buttons. MadTV also showcased his gift of uncanny impersonation in bits lampooning Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Queen Latifah.
In his fearless standup act, Spears renders laughing muscles sore with sharp jabs and incising insight about relationships and culture clashes, mixed with healthy doses of his lauded impersonations. Rising star Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, hailed as the Next Big Indian Comedian by the weekly newspaper India West , returns from sold-out stints in the UK and India with a crowd-pleasing opening set loaded with charm, energy, and witty attacks on stereotypical tropes.
The Historic Bal Theatre
Since it opened in 1946, the 800-seat Bal Theatre has continually hosted a wide array of film screenings, comedy shows, and musical acts on its stage, remaining one of the few American theatres of its era never to have shut down. Despite the building's vintage art-deco vibe, the theater boasts a concert-series sound system, digital projection, and three-dimensional seats, immersing audiences in a heightened sensory experience.