Laugh­ter is the Best Medicine

Waikiki Magazine - - IPLAY - By Christina O’con­nor

When de­scrib­ing what the au­di­ence can ex­pect at Sharkey’s Com­edy Club, head­lin­ing co­me­dian Bo Irvine seems also to sum up what ev­ery­body is look­ing for on a va­ca­tion: “They will have fun, they will for­get their prob­lems.

Sharkey’s Com­edy Club has been at­tract­ing lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike since open­ing its doors in 2004, with Irvine as the club’s long­time head­liner. His show, High & Right Com­edy Night takes place at 8 p.m. (seat­ing starts at 7:30 p.m.) Tues­day and Satur­day in the War­riors Lounge at the Hale Koa Ho­tel.

Irvine was work­ing as a fire­fighter when his friends en­cour­aged him to try com­edy. Now, af­ter do­ing stand-up com­edy for more than 20 years, Irvine has worked with well-known co­me­di­ans in­clud­ing Howie Man­del and Ge­orge Lopez and has ap­peared in national tele­vi­sion pro­grams that in­clude Com­edy on the Road and Com­edy Club Net­work.

Irvine finds in­spi­ra­tion for his rou­tine in ev­ery­thing from cur­rent events to day-to-day life.

If you want to stop by Sharkey’s more than once— and many peo­ple do—there will be new laughs wait­ing for you. Irvine reg­u­larly changes his rou­tine based on what is go­ing on in the world or what is hap­pen­ing in the crowd. Plus, he is a pro at ad-lib­bing and says that he spends about 30 min­utes of his show com­ing up with new con­tent on the spot.

And if you need proof that Irvine can make just about any­thing funny, here it is: When he’s not on stage at Sharkey’s, he is giv­ing in­spi­ra­tional talks or speak­ing about risk man­age­ment—all with a hu­mor­ous slant.

“There is hu­mor in ev­ery­thing, and it is my job to find it,” Irvine says.

Tick­ets for High & Right Com­edy Night are $15. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (808) 531-HAHA (4242). To pur­chase tick­ets, visit www.sharkeyscom­e­dy­club. com or call (808) 955-9676.

Tues­days and Fri­days, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Waikiki Com­mu­nity Cen­ter’s park­ing lot, (808) 923-1802

(808) 237-6340 www.kings-vil­lage.com

Fri­days, 4-9 p.m. King’s Vil­lage 131 Ka‘iu­lani

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