There’s the saying that laughter is good for health. If that’s true, Laffs Comedy Caffe might just help people live a little bit longer.
Known for its reputation as Tucson’s first and finest comedy club, Laffs’ recent show featuring headliner Lisa Landry had no shortage of raw, unadulterated, Friday-night humor that had patrons burning off some calories from the midsection.
Landry, who capped off the night with an hour-plus-long performance, only helped further solidify Laffs as a legitimate comedy venue that continues to attract big-name comics without fail. If there’s any doubt about that, Landry’s resume might change some minds.
Landry’s comedic accomplishments include appearances on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show on NBC.” She also starred in her own half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Lisa Landry,” and on the same network was named third place out of 100 comics on “Standup Showdown,” the first woman to ever place in the top three spots.
And as expected, Landry was on point during the June 27 show, which also featured Josiah Loring and Gary Hood, all hosted by Amy Miller – who got things rolling when talking about her strange ex-boyfriend.
“He would tell me when we’d have sex that all he could think about was the other guys I’d slept with. What a coincidence – me too,” said Miller.
Miller’s performance set the tone for what was to come the rest of the night – no subject, and no person, was off limits. And that’s what made it so fun. While the jokes themselves were utterly hilarious, what truly made the night was the ability of the comedians to seamlessly venture into improv mode, and in the process, bringing audience members in on the jokes as well. Even if that meant making fun of them.
Do you need thick skin to go to Laffs? Probably only if you’re the guy in the front row who interrupts Gary Hood’s act and is then told he probably needs coupons to get laid. However, what you must bring with you is an adult-oriented sense of humor. Frankly, if you’re looking for cheesy knock-knock jokes, stick to Google searches.
Landry, who took the stage around 11 p.m., spent much of her time interacting with the audience as well, comparing one couple’s recent marriage with that of her own experiences.
“I think everyone should get married in Vegas, because you’re gambling anyway,” she said.
A divorcee, Landry, said she and her husband were too different – she the wild, squirrely one, he the responsible nag.
“He’d always get on my case about how I lose my keys, so he got me a key bowl,” said Landry. “That worked for about two days until I was like, ‘What the (heck) did I do with the key bowl?’”
Landry’s 2008 CD fittingly titled, “Put Your Keys in the Key Bowl” was named as one of the top-10 best comedy CDs of 2008. Her latest CD, “Use This Against Me,” is now on sale at www.lisalandry.com.
Laffs has an always fresh lineup of comedians in wait. To see upcoming shows, purchase tickets, and make reservations, visit www.laffstucson.com or call 323-8669.