Thursday, June 15, 2017

Laughing Stock: Borderlands Brings Back Brew Ha Ha

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Brew Ha Ha returns to Borderlands brewery this month after a brief hiatus to sort schedules. The show, which thrived on a monthly Tuesday for more than a year, moves to 8 to 10 p.m. Monday, June 19, and continues the third Monday of every month.

Brew Ha Ha co-host Matt Ziemak says, “There are a lot of talented comics in Arizona and we try and bring the top tier ones out. We try and get at least one out of town comic on each show.”

Headliner June 19 is LA comic Chris Thayer, who’s performed on Comedy Central and VICELAND. Locals Kevin William Lee, Amber Frame, Jacob Breckenridge and Michael Celi round things out.

Borderlands president Mike Mallozzi says, “I think there's a burgeoning comedy scene in Tucson but they're not getting a lot of love.” Before moving to Tucson, Mallozzi lived in Chicago with, he says, “… a bunch of thespians."Some were involved in Second City and iO and other comedy joints.

“I grew a real appreciation for the art form.”

“Yeah he’s super cool and he gets it,” Ziemak,says. “He had comedy shows there before.” Ziemak created the show in 2015 with fellow comedian Nick Cerami.

Mallozzi encourages other venue owners to try comedy. “It’s something that needs to be supported, but you have to work with your organizers.” He relates a time that some customers felt uncomfortable about a rape joke. “We're part of (the YWCA’s) We Stand Together. It creates a safe space for people to feel free from harassment. I think a lot of venues would have just dropped the whole event at that point. I just told them, ‘Look, we know comedy pushes the envelope but here’s the deal. We can’t have this kind of comedy. Our space is a Safe Space.”

“And I think no matter where you go it's going to take time to build an audience. You're not going to have it by the sixth time, either.”

Drop Everything!

You need to get Demitri Martin tickets if you don’t have them. An author and staff writer at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Martin became a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His show is at 8 p.m., Friday, June 23, at The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $28 to $47, online at, or at the box office.

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