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Shapel Lacey

Daily from Oct. 3-4
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
9:45 p.m.
Daily from Oct. 5-6
7 p.m.
Oct. 5
9:30 p.m.
$16-$23
Comedy

“I didn’t know comedy was something you could do,” says comedian Shapel Lacey, who makes his first trip ever to Minneapolis this week to headline at House of Comedy. “Growing up, I knew what standup was from watching Eddie Murphy’s Raw and Dave Chapelle’s Killing Me Softly, but I never thought I could do this.” It was a group of friends that dared him to try it, thinking his funny personality would make him a natural. They were right. “I’m pretty much the same guy on stage,” he says. “Off stage, I’m maybe a little more introverted.” His set his based mostly on his life, including his past issues with anger management, though you wouldn’t know it by his affable manner. “No, that’s a real thing,” he laughs. Fortunately, he’s been able to successfully direct that energy into his comedy. He also channels it into skateboarding and music. “I’m a huge Oasis fan,” he states. “But a lot of what I listen to is ‘80s hardcore punk, like Black Flag and Minor Threat. I’m a big geek for that. That’s in my blood right there.”