Chelsea Peretti on Wolf Mode, Writing for Kroll Show, and Season Two of Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Chelsea Peretti's in Phoenix May 30.
Better get used to hearing the name Chelsea Peretti.

The comedian, writer, and actress is primed to blow up. Why? Well, to borrow a phrase from her comedy comrade Nick Kroll, first and first mostly, she's hilarious. Her work in the writer's room on shows including Parks and Recreation and The Sarah Silverman Program and as an actress on Kroll Show (where she's also a writer) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine demonstrate her love of pop culture satire and ability to deliver straight-faced, reality TV-inspired insanity.

Peretti is working on her first-ever one-hour comedy special, which she'll tape in San Francisco on June 13. Before stopping by Stand Up Live on Friday, May 30, as part of her American Treasure Tour, Peretti talked with Jackalope Ranch about her role as Gina on the Golden Globe-winning comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, her passion for the Kroll Show sketch Cake Train, and what we can expect from her upcoming one-hour special.


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Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and Thomas Middleditch Are Coming to Phoenix

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Silicon Valley's TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and Thomas Middleditch are coming to Stand Up Live.
It's time for the revenge of the nerds. HBO's original television series Silicon Valley is quickly winning over cable-TV crowd. But before this quirky comedy of geeky up-and-comers heads back to California to begin filming its second season, Silicon stars T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, and Thomas Middleditch are heading to Phoenix for a one-night-only show.


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Fortune Feimster on Her Tina Fey Show and How Cool Chelsea Handler Is

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Fortune Feimster will perform at Tempe Improv Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17.
Fortune Feimster is on the rise.

Despite her name, it's not just luck that's landed her at the forefront of up-and-coming comics in Hollywood. Just ask late night host Chelsea Handler, who snatched up the North Carolina comedian as a full-time writer and roundtable contributor for her hit E! Network show, Chelsea Lately; or maybe try longtime comedy giant, Tina Fey, who selected Feimster as a reoccurring character on her much anticipated Fox sitcom, Calbot College.


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Chelsea Peretti's Coming to Phoenix May 30

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Chelsea Peretti performs at Stand Up Live Friday, May 30.

Whether you know her as the hip-hop dancing, leotard designing, Gina Linetti on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine or as the leotard wearing, female gigolo, Farley on Comedy Central's Kroll Show, chances are you know two solid facts about Chelsea Peretti.

One, she's funny as all get out.

And two, she loves herself a mean one-piece.

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Space 55's New Short Plays Heyre Be Dragons . . . In My Mind, Plus Late-Night Serial Captain Jack's Space Attack

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Claire Monet and Colt Watkiss play siblings facing an extraordinary issue in Carrie Behrens' Intuition, one of eight short plays in Heyre Be Dragons . . . In My Mind.
The setup: One of the myriad ways Space 55 Ensemble enriches our community is by developing, training, and showcasing new writers, whether they're creating solo performance pieces or plays with several characters, a plot, the whole nine yards. Space 55's current mainstage show, Heyre Be Dragons . . . In My Mind, is a fully staged collection of very short plays by local playwrights, all hanging together, per the directors' notes, in their focus on the "many things we still do not understand about why we think and feel the way we do." My favorite! (Well, not alone at 3 a.m. in my mind, but my favorite topic for good art.)

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Comedian Dave Coulier on the Best Advice Jay Leno Ever Gave Him

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Dave Coulier will always be Uncle Joey, a lovable goofball with a knack for vocal impressions and a closet full of ugly sweaters. And from what we hear, he's okay with that. The Full House alum and stand-up comic brings his routine to the Valley with a three-day, five-show stint at the Tempe Improv.

After leaving years of weeknight television, courtesy of ABC in the early 1990s, Coulier continued to hang around on the small screen, hosting family-friendly shows World's Funniest Videos and America's Most Talented Kids. These days, Coulier is back doing stand-up, selling out clubs across the country with his mother-approved clean routine.


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Mike Birbiglia's Favorite Comedian Is Arizona's Doug Stanhope

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Mike Birbiglia will take his latest tour, Thank God for Jokes, to Mesa Arts Center.
It's a rainy day in New York as Mike Birbiglia reflects on comedy. Since beginning a career in stand-up in his early 20s, the Boston-bred comedian certainly has come a long way, both professionally and personally. Between starting out as a pizza-bingeing, commitment-fearing night owl with undiagnosed REM disorder to becoming a married, hard-working morning person in his 30s who manages to work on two screenplays before conducting an early phone interview with Jackalope Ranch, Mike Birbiglia has achieved the titles of writer, comedian, actor, and director.

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Moshe Kasher on Being Offensive and Phoenix's "True Heroes"

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Don't get offended-- Just go see Moshe Kasher at Stand Up Live.
It's no surprise that comedian Moshe Kasher has a unique perspective on life that shines through in both his stand-up and written word. Before graduating high school, he was a sign language interpreter, drug addict, Hasidic Jew, and avid gangster rap fan. Both of his parents were deaf and he lived in both New York and Oakland. As a published author, Kasher explored his upbringing with humor but as a comedian he explores humor with his own brand of self-deprecation and the occasional rage-filled outburst.


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Tickets on Sale for Comedian Brian Regan's New Year's Eve Show in Phoenix

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Brian Regan via Facebook
Some people might argue that it's too early to start making New Year's Eve plans. We'll just assume those people haven't heard the news about Brian Regan. The renowned comedian is kicking off the second leg of his 2014 North American tour with stops in 48 cities, including Phoenix on Wednesday, December 31.

Now for the reason to start planning: Tickets to the Comerica Theatre show go on sale today.

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Tommy Chong Wants to Get High with Paul McCartney

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Cheech & Chong are still on top of the comedy scene after all these years.

The last true carryovers from the counterculture will bring their time-tested comedy and musical routine to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Cheech & Chong are as entertaining and relevant as ever -- even though the taboo nature of marijuana has significantly dissipated. Fans can expect the Cheech & Chong they have grown to love, but they also should be ready for some new material from the duo.

There are few entertainers who can say their act has truly appealed to every new generation over a 40-year span, but Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong's fame has remained a staple in pop culture from their original films and albums to projects like Nash Bridges and That '70s Show. Jackalope Ranch recently spoke with Chong about the swirling rumors of a new movie in the works, what is left on his bucket list (spoiler alert: he wants to get high with Paul McCartney), and legalizing his favorite plant.


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