408 E. Broadway, Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425
Category: Bars and Clubs
Joe DeRosa is a busy man. While speaking to City Pages via phone from New York City, he is getting dressed and brushing his teeth as he talks. It's a wonder he has time to do that. After doing a web series for Warner Bros. last year, DeRosa finished an album of serious music with his band, Funeral in the Mirror. "We've got our manager shopping it around," he reports. The band plans to tour this year in support of the album. DeRosa also has a solo project he just finished of serious songs, not comedy numbers. "I'm hoping to do some shows where half of it is me doing comedy, and the other half is music. I just want to get that music out there; I don't want it just sitting on iTunes." On the standup side, he just taped a Comedy Central half-hour special, and is preparing to record a new comedy album in April. His shows here will be among the final runs before it's all committed to ones and zeros in Atlanta. "I'm looking forward to recording that stuff and retiring it, so I can move on to what the next hour is going to be," he says. His material these days deals with, among other things, growing older and fear of death. Inspired by events in his life, the jokes are more social commentary than storytelling. "The audience reactions have been really good." 18+; 21+ later shows.
March 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 22, 9:45 p.m.; Sat., March 23, 9:30 p.m.; March 23-24, 7 p.m., 2013