Think of comedian Lisa Corrao as sort of the den mother to all of South Floridas nerds. For over a year now, shes hosted Revenge of the Nerd Comics, her own series of shows dedicated to local comedy with a geeky slant. The gigs have been a hit from the start, but theyve also made Corrao one of the few females willing to take a stage to dish on lightsabers and comic books a target for innocent affection. Im like a magnet for dorks, Corrao says with a nymph-like giggle. At Supercon I had this one guy come up to me who could not make eye contact with me at all. Eventually he just said, I must say, you are very attractive. It was the cutest thing ever.
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But Corraos not doing it for the attention; shes all about the laughs. For her fourth show in the series, hitting the stage tonight at 8 at Improv Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood), Corraos collected the best lineup of local talent yet. Tonight, youll catch cats like Mario Mateo, who can explain the angst-filled life of the dreaded Mailer-Daemon, and Adrian Mesa, whose off the dome sets are unique every time, right alongside series-regular Ivan Hernandez, whose nerd-coming-of-age humor is always good for a laugh. Also on board: West Palm fav Nhan Du, newcomer Kirk Meadows, the Iron Chef of comedy Joe Pustizzi, and Miami-based Brett Bigenho will each bring the funny in their own unique way. Fans of pop culture can expect to leave sated, but even those without a penchant for the geeky will be pleasantly surprised. Because while the shows central theme is what brings them all together, the nights really about supporting local comedy in a cool way. OK, fine; its also about discovering just how deep the rabbit hole goes: It always surprises me every time I find a new level of nerdiness, Corrao says. I think Im a dork and awkward and stuff. But then I meet the guys that are Ghost Hunters, and they start shooting me with their electro magnetic detectors. How much weirder does it get? Find out for just $12 $10 even, if you pick up discounted tix at comic shop War & Pieces. Visit www.myspace.com/nerdcomics.
Wed., July 2, 8 p.m., 2008