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HOC, Bret Ernst

The importance of being Ernst

Bret Ernst and his eyebrows are headlining Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy tonight. We asked the “Comedy Central” and “Chelsea Lately” comedian about his most triumphant — and less so — moments on stage, what he never hits the road without and what he did the last time he was in Greater Phoenix.  See him Friday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 25 for $15 to $20. Times vary. Tickets here.

When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian?
The first time I saw Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious” on HBO as a kid. I wasn’t supposed to be watching it, but it changed my life. Sometimes not obeying your mom can be a good thing.

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage?
Best moment was my first standing ovation in LA, after closing a three-hour show at a place called Dublin’s on Sunset. It was the hottest room in LA at the time, and the whole line-up was A-list comedians. Everyone on the show was famous,except for me. I had to go last because I got bumped all the way to the end, so I channelled my frustration into my set. I did almost 30 [minutes], and the crowd stood up at the end. There were celebrities in the audience as well. It let me know I had arrived in stand-up… The worst was two weeks later, I lost my temper and made the whole room uncomfortable at The Comedy Store on Sunset. The audience (all nine of them) hated me and clapped when I said I had to go. It let me know that stand-up isn’t going to be easy and is a roller coaster of success and failure.

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you?
It’s always a work in progress.

Who is your comedic inspiration?
Like most comics my age, Eddie Murphy, Sam Kinnison and Andrew Dice Clay.

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up?
Doesn’t matter, I wouldn’t have listened anyway.

What’s one item you never hit the road without?
My crucifix necklace.

What is your favorite city to perform in and why?
Chicago in the summer, Ft. Lauderdale in the winter, and New York City all year round! (sprinkle in some Nashville, Austin, Portland, San Fran and Scottsdale.) I love the audiences, the local scene, and the food.

Describe yourself in three words:
Loyal, sincere and aggressive.

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
Hanging with all my family and friends at the pool, head inside for a nice Sunday dinner (pasta and gravy/sauce,) and then we all go to church together and wait it out

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?
I was in Scottsdale and single, lets just say I “drank” my face off.

Ben Gleib, WEB

10 questions with Ben Gleib

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds.

A regular guest at the round table on the Chelsea Lately show, Ben Gleib started from sarcastic comments about people’s intelligence to charming people with his satirical persona and his improvisational skills. Traveling with his portable ping-pong set, Gleib has come from the stage of the “Last Comic Standing” to crash the party at the House of Comedy.

Gleib will be performing at House of Comedy, located at 5350 E. High St. Suite 105, in Phoenix on Wednesday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 14. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 10 and 11, shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, shows are scheduled for 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday’s shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 14, has one show at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary by show and range from $13 to $20

When’s the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian?
When I was about 5, I realized how stupid most people were. I would make all of these sarcastic comments in my head. I figured if I said them out loud people would think I was nuts, unless it was in a microphone.

What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage?
I told a story about eating pot brownies with my father. Then, I brought him on stage to confirm it and he started doing stand-up! He killed it! He was naturally funny and it made my job seem a lot easier than I thought it was. It was a great moment to experience and can all be seen on YouTube.

What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you?
Is it hard to get up at 6:00 a.m. to do local radio? Yes, very much yes. Normally, I just went to bed two hours earlier. I don’t know why they don’t have more comics on afternoon radio more often. Seems like a better fit to me, as do most beds.

Who is your comedic inspiration?
George Carlin is my favorite stand-up ever. He is so funny, smart and silly all at the same time. He has such a passionate point of view. He made me laugh harder than anyone else. I love comedy that finds flaws in logic and conventional wisdom.

What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up?
How much girls love comics. I would have started in the 6th grade.

What’s one item you never hit the road without?
My portable pingpong net and racket set. It turns any table into a full table tennis setup. It’s pretty dumb to travel with and I rarely use it, but it’s comforting to know it’s there.

What is your favorite city to perform in and why?
Whatever city this is, because the people here are so smart and I love the the weather here is hot and/or cold.

Describe yourself in three words:
Affable, tasty and hungry.

If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?
Giving my all to this interview.

What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix?
Lots of comedy, some sleeping, and more drinking than I remember- so I’m told. I don’t remember.


Comedy Venue Brings Laughter to North Valley

Looking for a place to enjoy a fun night? Well look no further, as the new comedy venue Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy brings entertainment and big laughs to the North Valley. Guests are invited to laugh the night away with shows taking place from Wednesday through Sunday. You can also join them for open-mic night every Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Local comics get to try out their new material with an attentive crowd. Ticket prices and show times vary.

With the best touring comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, Last Comic Standing and Chelsea Lately, House of Comedy is the best place to be for hysterical entertainment while enjoying unique and flavorful food and drinks.

Upcoming show schedule:

• Oct. 2-5: Brent Morin as seen on Chelsea Lately, NBC’s Undateable and Conan
• Oct. 8-12: Ruben Paul as seen on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Lopez Tonight
• Oct. 15-19: Jimmy Shubert as seen on HBO’s Entourage and Last Comic Standing as one of this year’s finalists
• Oct. 22-26: Pete Correale as seen on Comedy Central and Late Night with David Letterman
• Oct. 29-Nov. 2: Michael Malone known best for his two top-10 selling comedy albums on iTunes and also heard on the Bob and Tom Radio Show
• Nov. 5-9: Ian Bagg as seen on NBC’s Fridays, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central Presents
• Nov. 12-16: Andrew Norelli as seen on Comics Unleashed and Jimmy Kimmel Live
• Nov. 19-23: Rob Little as seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Last Call with Carson Daly

As an award-winning comedian, magician, TV host, writer, producer and North Valley resident, Rick Bronson is the ideal host, bringing a unique platform of entertainment to High Street, formerly City North. The comedy club is located on the north side of High Street in Phoenix at 5350 E. High Street, Suite 105.

The top-notch comedy club allows audiences to wine and dine while enjoying the absolute best in live, stand-up comedy. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, salads, a variety of cocktails and Rick’s signature items – fried cheese curds and Canadian-inspired poutine.

For more information on ticket prices, show times, upcoming acts and for a complete menu, visit www.houseofcomedy.net or call 480-420-3553. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houseofcomedyaz and follow us on Twitter @HouseofComedyAZ.

Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: Elan Style, Jo Paris Salon, Posh And More

Date Night: 10 hot tips to create the perfect night out

Getting dressed

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The perfect shoes

Date Night: Winter 2012Whether you want to make a fashion statement on your dinner date or need the proper shoes for an active date, E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet carries your favorite designers. Whether you are looking for that Cinderella glass-slipper or something to keep your tootsies in comfort on a hike, you will find an abundance of styles and colors to choose from. To complement shoe choices, top quality handbags are also available.
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Primp and circumstance

Date Night: Winter 2012When you think of fashion, you think of Paris. That is why Jo from Jo Paris Salon & Spa is the perfect person to turn to before a date for cutting-edge and up-to-the moment hair styling, colors, French balayages, Brazilian blowouts, nail services or extensions. Jo developed his signature style and technique by learning from the masters in Paris before opening his Scottsdale salon.
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Relax before the big night

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Last-chance workout

Date Night: Winter 2012What better way to prepare for the Valentine’s dating season than with yoga classes to make you feel good about yourself and your health? Blissful Yoga, with a new location in the Scottsdale Quarter, is the perfect place to get your mind, body and soul right before date night. Yoga not only helps for relaxation and health purposes, but it also results in more energy, a happier mood and better focus, among other beneficial things.
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Fun and food

Date Night: Winter 2012POSH is an improvisational, no-menu restaurant in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale operated by Chef Joshua Hebert. It’s fine dining, but has a relaxed atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs in action. The improvisational component — Posh offers a list of main ingredients, requesting you to cross off which items you dislike, then its creative chefs surprise you with the remaining selections — offers an alternative to traditional restaurants and is definitely a good place to impress your date.
7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., #111, Scottsdale
(480) 663-7674

Smile, you’re on a date

Date Night: Winter 2012Laughter can be both the best medicine and the best date. Stand-up, Scottsdale! — the brainchild of ASU grad Howard Hughes — brings some of the most edgy and popular comedians from shows such as “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central for evenings filled with high-octane laughs. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730

Join the club

Date Night: Winter 2012Cream Stereo Lounge is a high-intensity entertainment club with Dynacord sound and an eight-foot Roman bathtub inside the venue that displays tasteful, yet enticing visual entertainment to complement the extraordinary sound system and CO2 dance floor.
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 717-6000

Drink and dessert

Date Night: Winter 2012There are two great ways to end a perfect date: either with dessert or a nightcap. Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream Parlor in Old Town Scottsdale lets you do both with alcohol-infused ice cream. Featured among the flavors of adults-only ice cream is margarita, appletini, chocolate swirl, strawberry daiquiri, limoncello, Long Island tea, piña colada and champagne. They’re priced at $3.75 for one scoop, $5 for two.
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(480) 429-5337

Get home safe

Date Night: Winter 2012Thinking of enjoying date night with a few drinks or too many scoops of Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream? Clean Air Cab is the smart and sustainable option for getting you and your date home safe and sound!
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Scottsdale Winter Magazine Winter 2012