Capt. Brian’s Off the Hook Comedy Club, inside Capt. Brian’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Marco Walk, has attracted national attention as a venue for top performers, according to Iliza Shlesinger, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” winning $250,000, a new Honda and a deal with NBC.
Shlesinger, a New York City native raised in Dallas, has local connection to the area, as her mother lives in Naples. She recently performed at Off the Hook and says she has a skewered sense of observing the humans surrounding her. Shlesinger bases her storytelling on poking fun of herself and how that is identifiable to others, especially, she says, “young married coupes, blacks and 30-something guys.”
Shlesinger has been overseas volunteering her time to entertain the troops in Singapore and Guam, as well as stateside in Southern California. She is proud to offer any military personnel a free pass to any of her performances, anywhere in the world.
Shlesinger can be seen in an upcoming Comedy Central special, “Live at Gotham,” and will be on the Showtime network in August, with a special, “Pauly Shore & Friends.” Shore will be at Off the Hook this New Year’s Eve. You can follow Shlesinger on Twitter (Iliza), Facebook and at Iliza.com. She also hosts an Internet program, “The Weakly News,” on.thestream.tv.
Every performer yearns for that opening act to get the crowd warmed up and Shlesinger had a star comedian named Dante do just that at Off the Hook. Dante was a cast member on “Last Comic Standing” in 2005 and his career has taken off since then. He appeared at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and on cable channels BET, Comedy Central and MTV and has also entertained the troops.
Dante claims his has performed for more troops then any other comedian since Bob Hope. He comments on human experiences, relationships, family and is a very good impressionist. Part of his act recreates the meeting the wizard scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” using the voices and mannerisms of Jack Nicholson as Dorothy, Robert DeNiro as the wizard, Bobcat Goldwaite as the Cowardly Lion, Christopher Lloyd as the Scarecrow and Gilbert Gottfried as the Tin Man. The sold out audience was enthralled with the performance and earned Dante a standing ovation from the crowd.
Capt. Brian’s “Off the Hook” Comedy Club schedule for August
- Aug. 13 to 17: Bill Bellamy, host of “Last Comic Standing.” Show times: Thursday and Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.
- Aug. 20 to 24: Carl Rimi, from Comedy Central, also seen on ABC and the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Show times: Thursday and Sunday, 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m.
- Aug. 28 to 30: Tom Arnold, from “Roseanne,” “ER” and “Law and Order.” Movies: “True Lies, “Austin Powers,” “Coneheads,” “Soul Plane” and others. Show times: Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10 p.m., Sunday, 8 p.m.
Comedians Bruce Bruce, Charley Murphy (The Dave Chappelle Show) and Brett Butler and Jackie Mason. Ticket prices vary. Reservations: 389-6900. Information: offthehookcomedy.com.