Aries Spears has the kind of resume most comedians can only dream of, and it’s been that way ever since he was a New York City teenager doing standup in the city’s clubs. That early start eventually landed him national TV gigs like Showtime at the Apollo and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, and later a spot in the cast of Mad TV for eight seasons. It was there his star really began to rise, playing famous faces like Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby, and writing popular sketches like “Talkin’ American.” He’s worked in feature films and done sitcoms on network television, but standup was never far from his mind, and he’s been a hard-touring comic between all his TV and film gigs right from the beginning. You can bet a year forced off the road by COVID will give the gifted comedian plenty of new material when he hits Spokane for a series of shows.
Aries Spears • Thu, April 22-Sun, April 25 at 7 pm; also Fri, April 23 and Sat, April 24 at 9:30 pm • $25-$35 • 18+ • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague • spokanecomedyclub.com • 509-318-9998
— Dan Nailen