Kevin Nealon Shares His Comedy Genius With Santa Barbara Faithful At Lobero Theatre Show

Photo: JB Brookman

During a night where he referenced everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jack Nicholson and talked about constipation and fatherhood, Kevin Nealon had the Santa Barbara faithful in the palm of his hand.

He has been a backbone of the comedy world for over 25 years.  From his nine incredible seasons, during the greatest days of Saturday Night Live to his seven plus seasons on the Emmy Award winning Weeds, Nealon has brought the laughs and creativity, everywhere he has been.  He’s played characters like Hanz and Franz (with Dana Carvey) to Mr. Subliminal Man and been the anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update (“that’s news to me”).

The amazing part of being at a Kevin Nealon show is his ability to captivate the audience with a massive amount of material.  His every-day-life stories draw you in and his cerebral brand of comedy sends you into convulsions.  Nealon rarely has to lower himself into being dirty or crass.  You will rarely hear a swear word or be intentionally offended, as some of the newer comics have to do to get laughs.  Nealon’s genius is that he looks and sounds like every man, yet has a comic sensibility that rivals anyone in the industry.  This was the story of the night at the Lobero.  You left feeling good about yourself and a bit lighter on your feet after having laughed for over an hour straight.

The Lobero Theatre is one of the gems of the Southern California scene.  Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara, it’s art deco ceilings and arched entryways create a storybook look and feel to experience an event.   The Lobero is California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s architectural jewels and a State and City landmark.

Wayne Federman was a hilarious and spirited opener.

Nealon begins filming the eighth season of Weeds in early May 2012 and it will air in July.  He also recently taped the pilot episode of ISABEL for NBC.  It is a half hour, single camera comedy staring Marcia Gay Harden.

Nealon plays the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, this week and The Irvine Improv, Largo at Coronet, The Ice House in Pasadena and The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach in February.


Kevin Nealon in Santa Barbara. Photo: JB Brookman
Kevin Nealon. Photo: JB Brookman
Photo: JB Brookman
Wayne Federman was a solid opener at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Photo: JB Brookman
SNL's Kevin Nealon. Photo: JB Brookman

Wayne Federman in Santa Barbara. Photo: JB Brookman


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