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Ryan Sickler

Daily from Aug. 1-2
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 2
9:45 p.m.
Aug. 3
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
$16-$23
Comedy

Once, when he was a boy, Ryan Sickler thought he was in trouble. He snuck downstairs, and saw his father watching the Richard Pryor film Busting Loose. “I got caught laughing,” he explains. “My father said, ‘Get in here. Watch this with me.’” From there, it was more movies and Saturday Night Live, particularly Eddie Murphy. “I imitated all the characters for my family and friends, and that’s when I started to see that drug called laughter and how you can really get people going.” He tried standup a few times when he was 20, then moved to L.A. to study improv with the Groundlings. “Their waiting list can be a year between levels,” he says, “so I decided to just get back onstage myself and do standup.” These days his set is a mix of slice-of-life and observation, mostly in storytelling form. “If you go back to my first album there is some storytelling,” he notes. However, it’s his podcast, The HoneyDew, that has really helped him develop stories and material. “We’ll sit there and say, ‘Are you talking about that onstage? You need to be.’”