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Andrew Norelli on "Late Night with David Letterman." Via thecomicscomic.com

House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A with Andrew Norelli

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

Comedian Andrew Norelli got his start doing impressions of family members as a kid. He’s gone on to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and appearances on Comedy Central specials. Norelli works hard on writing the final material that makes it into his shows, and never travels without a way to listen to Katy Perry.

Norelli will be performing at House of Comedy, located at 5350 E. High St. Suite 105, in Phoenix on Wednesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 16. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 12 and 13, shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, shows are scheduled for 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday’s shows are at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 16, has one show at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary by show and range from $13 to $20.


When was the moment you realized you wanted to be a comedian?

I was 8 years old, doing impressions of my family members. It was the first time they paid attention to me. I figured this was a pretty good formula for life.


What was your best (or most embarrassing) moment on stage?

Most embarrassing and best — my microphone went out at a show in Oakland in front of 7,000 people. When the mic got back on, the crowd applauded, and I said “That’s what I love about Oakland, you people understand ghetto equipment.” And they laughed hysterically.


What’s one thing you want people to know about doing stand-up that nobody has ever asked you? 

How hard it is to write funny, original and polished material. It’s not “all in the delivery” as people think. It’s in the writing and delivery.


Who is your comedic inspiration? 

My brother.  He’s seven years older than me, so his humor was always way ahead of mine. He was always mad except when he was being funny. So, I liked him funny.


What’s one thing you wished someone had told you about stand-up?  

You better like to write and you better be prepared to throw away most of what you write, because most of it never makes it to the stage.


What’s one item you never hit the road without? 

My iPod. Going in public bathrooms is so much less disgusting when you can drown out the noises with Katy Perry.


What is your favorite city to perform in and why?

Phoenix, ‘cuz you’re asking me.


Describe yourself in three words: 

Unfunny. Boring. Sarcastic.


If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?

Trying to find a cure for what was killing me.


What did you do the last time you were in Phoenix? 

Nothing. Someone please pick me up at my hotel and take me somewhere.


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Drake, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry + more to do this week

9/24: James Joyce’s Dubliners: Still Engaging Readers and Writers 100 Years After Publication

The Irish Cultural Center’s McClelland Irish Library is hosting a series of events from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s novel “Dubliners.” The celebration of the groundbreaking collection of short stories and its long-lasting success will be talked about by Irish-born poet Adrienne Leavy.

Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., $5 for nonmembers, free for members


Drake-vs-lil-wayne-trailer9/25: Drake vs. Lil Wayne

Drake and Lil Wayne are bringing their “Drake vs. Lil Wayne” tour to Phoenix. Both rappers have topped the Billboard charts with their singles in past years and now are bring their individual hits and a rap battle to their co-headlining tour. Who’s ready for a similie-off?

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $35-$125.50


9/25: Katy Perry

Known for her catchy outfits and pop songs, Katy Perry has topped the charts to become one of the best-selling artists in history. Her latest album, Prism, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features the hit single “Roar.”

Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., $41.25 to $121.50


9/26-28: Damon Wayans

The comedian and actor, best known for his role on the sitcom “My Wife and Kids,” is bringing his stand-up to Tempe Improv. Wayans has been touring and doing stand-up since 1982.

Tempe Improv, 930 University Dr., Tempe, Friday Sept. 26, 7 & 10:15 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., $35


9/26-27: Fountain Hills Oktoberfest

The family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration features German music, food, contests and, of course, plenty of beer. The celebration is held in Fountain Park, and visitors are encouraged to come in German costumes and features events such as a beer stein holding competition.

Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, 5 to 10 p.m., $5, kids 12 & under free



Summer’s must-have accessory

The must-have accessory this summer is not the newest Coach purse or the recently released Jimmy Choo wedges, it is not even a designer brand, though design is important. We’re talking about nail art. Even though it’s a small accessory, it has been making a big splash here in Arizona and on the red carpet. Nail art is what you need to complete any and every look this summer. Whether the designs are lines, polka-dots, objects, words or bright colors, it is what every fashionista needs to finish her one-of-a-kind look.

The specialists at 20 Lounge Boutique Nail Bar in Scottsdale has become so popular that they are not only growing here in Arizona but are also starting to pop up in California. Customers are treated to champagne during their treatments, which include professional waxing and facials.

Courtesy of 20 Lounge Nail Bar

Courtesy of 20 Lounge Nail Bar

This summer, the popular colors are bright orange and pink. Chevron nails, which are the zig-zagging lines, have become very big and even celebrities like Katy Perry often wear these funky designs on the red carpet.  Symmetric and asymmetric lines are also hitting it big this season along with nautical themes for beach getaways or cruise line vacations. The most recent trend to pop up is sport themes, whether it is simply the team colors or getting crazy by having the team logo painted on your nails. Now that baseball is in season 20 Lounge is looking to help its customers show off their D-back spirit. The technicians have also noticed that one of the new nail fashion crazes is to hombre the color of their customers’ finger nails and/or toe nails.


How to extend the life of your manicure:

Get gel or shellac nails

Courtesy of 20 Lounge Nail Bar

Courtesy of 20 Lounge Nail Bar

They will last about 14 days compared to a regular plain polish manicure, which will only last about two to three days before they start to chip. The gel and shellac nails are designed to last longer and are harder to chip.  To keep manicures looking fresh it is recommended that they are redone about every 14 days and pedicures should be refreshed about once a month.

Be aware you have a manicure
It may sound obvious, but when cleaning house, doing dishes or simple yard work, it is easy to forget about the beautiful manicure you just got. It is best, when doing these tasks, to wear gloves in order to prevent chipping or cracking in the polish. It is also important to keep applying top coat to the polish even after your manicure. This will help keep the polish strong.

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Thirsty Thursday: Grammy-Inspired Cocktails to Sip in Style

Whether you are having a girl’s night in to watch all of your favorite music artists take the stage at the Grammy’s, or you are looking for a local hot spot to watch the most anticipated music award show of the season, here are a few cocktails from Ruffino Italian Cuisine that honor the “best of the best” in the music industry:

Twerk-tini: – In honor of Robin Thicke’s four nominations for “Blurred Lines,” twerk to the catchy song with a twerk-tini in your hand.

¾ oz Malibu Coconut Rum

¾ oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur

¾ oz Absolut Citron

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish the glass with a twist of lemon and a sugar rim.


Roar-garita:  – Enjoy a Grammy twist on the classic margarita by adding amaretto instead of triple sec. The unique twist will make you want to Italian margarita and “Roar” along with Katy Perry during her performance.

1 ½ oz tequila

¾ oz amaretto

Mix these ingredients along with one splash orange juice. Pour into the glass and top it off with a sweet and sour mix.


Suit & Tie-ini:  – With “Suit & Tie”up for two nominations, we are sure to see a suited-up JT on the red carpet… and this martini is guaranteed to make JT look even better (if that’s even possible!).

2 ½ oz Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka

Muddle basil leaves with a simple syrup. Squeeze fresh lime into a tin and shake all ingredients together. Serve with a basil leaf garnish.


Ruffino will be showing the Grammy’s on Sunday, January 26, and serving up these Grammy-inspired cocktails along with appetizer specials from 7 p.m. to close.

Ruffino Italian Cuisine is located in Ahwatukee and is one of the East Valley’s oldest Italian restaurants. It has been serving up handcrafted cocktails and homemade pastas since the ’80s. To learn more about Ruffino Italian Cuisine, or book a dinner and cocktails, visit ruffinoaz.com or call 480.893.8544.