Phil van Hest; Los Angeles
ComedySportz Arena: 721 Mass Ave. Phil's new monologue about how a cat taught him to love again offers a sturdy framework for a set of carefully observed and almost always hilarious anecdotes, delivered in his fast-paced, not quite verbose style. Van Hest wears an undone bowtie and sometimes affects a stoner sensibility, but he's working when you're not looking, and his sense of timing and ability to work the room is top-notch. While his narrative about finding love in the most unexpected places is not unfamiliar, he gets to this basic truth via ruminations on brain chemistry, religious belief and genetic aberrations.
Friday, Aug. 27, 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m.
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