Consider Aries Spears one of the lucky ones. Since the tender age of 14, this New York-native knew that comedy was his true calling, and began performing his standup act in clubs along the East Coast. But it was his uncanny talent for impressions that landed him in the comedy big leagues: Spears spent a remarkable eight years on MADtv, where he became the second senior most cast member behind Michael McDonald. Now a SoCal man, he's one of the Improv's steady regulars, bringing his spot-on impersonations to Orange County, Los Angeles and beyond. Our favorite Spears imitations include Bill Cosby and Snoop Dogg—but it's his OJ Simpson that's just downright unsettling.
Thu., May 1, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 2, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., May 3, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sun., May 4, 7 p.m., 2014