Riverside Theatre Comedy Zone offers cool relief and cheap beer during hot, hard times

VERO BEACH — Turn up the thermostat and home and enjoy the air-conditioned Waxlax Stage, a cold beer and some much-needed belly laughs from two humorists July 24 and 25 at Riverside Theatre’s Comedy Zone in Vero Beach.Comics L.A. Hardy and Chris Dowell  and will perform two shows each night at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. both nights. A natural actor, L.A. Hardy has been seen on MTV, VH1, ABC’s According to Jim, and Voice credits in the movie “Guess Who” with Bernie Mac, standup on BET’s ComicView, Indie films such as China Dolls, Footsteps, The Good Fight and The Last Angry Black Man. Additional appearances include national commercials for the NFL, Sears, The Sylvan Learning Center, Capital One Credit Card, Febreze and the reality show The Glutton Bowl (cast as the referee). Hardy has a face you’ve seen before and want to see again.He has performed stand-up comedy for the U.S. Military and was among the first of a group of comedians to perform in Iraq in Aug/Sept 2003. In 2004 he traveled and entertained the troops in Afghanistan. He has headlined tours worldwide for the USO, The Dept Of Defense, Comics On Duty, and AKA Productions since 1994. He has also done national print work for Dockers “Nice Pants” ads and continues to perform in voice-over. Hardy’s comedy is reality based about events that have taken place in his life or could happen in yours. A young dad with a strong family base of operations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, he headlines regularly at clubs, colleges, corporate events and cruise ships.

Chris Dowell grew up in Oklahoma, where his upbringing as the attention-deficit afflicted middle child of a mortician and a special-ed teacher provided the background for his unique sense of humor.  As an irrepressible class clown and later as a musician, Dowell discovered a love for entertaining.  Within a year of his first open-mike appearance, he was opening for such names as Tommy Chong and Thea Vidale.  He has gone on to appear in television commercials, radio spots, and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”.  Dowell has been described as a cross between Jake Johannsen and Stephen Lynch, and his offbeat stand-up and memorable original songs always leave audiences laughing and wanting more.Tickets cost $17.50 per person and $1 draft Budweiser and Bud Light will be for sale during the show.Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 231-6990 or visit www.riversidetheatre.com.  

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