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Adam Ray

Daily from April 16-20
8 p.m.
Daily from April 19-20
10:30 p.m.
$15-$18
Comedy

“I was a fat kid growing up,” comedian Adam Ray says, “and I think that’s where a lot of my comedy came from. I was known as the little chub that wore sweatpants to class and said something funny when he raised his hand to answer a math question. So I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to try and make people laugh all the time.’” From there he began impersonating friends, relatives, and teachers. “People started to respond to that,” he says. “I realized the more I did that, the more I was seen as the funny kid and not the fat kid.” He brought his friends into the act, as it were, in junior high by making funny videos. “Instead of getting drunk or fucked up, we’d make these little movies and entertain ourselves.” In high school, Ray and his buddies completely took over the high school news program. “We turned it into a sketch comedy show,” he recalls. “We turned it into 15 minutes of comedy, with five minutes of announcements at the end. The teachers finally started turning it off, saying, ‘We’re not going to watch these idiots for 15 minutes!’” That experience paid off later, as Ray has had a steady career as an actor and voice artist, appearing most recently in Arrested DevelopmentAmerican Vandal, and Ghostbusters, to name a few. 18+.