These days, it seems like standup comedians are either megastars with their own movie franchise or up-and-comers with a daily thirst for more Twitter followers. But standup fans everywhere champion the middle-of-the-road guy. These comics are in a perfect position to become your new favorite because they are on their way to full-on fame, but in the meantime, you can see them live and say you knew them before they hit it big. One such comic is DeRay Davis, a Chicago native with a familiar face you might have trouble placing. Davis has made his rounds on TV and movie screens for years, and now he is bringing his standup act to South Florida. The comic actor dipped his toes into everything from Entourage to Reno 911 until making a splash in the surprisingly hilarious 21 Jump Street movie adaptation. While all these gigs brought the funnies, our favorite Davis credit is writing and performing the skits on Kanye West's Late Registration and The College Dropout. Comedy, TV, and music? Looks like Davis is a triple threat, and you can jump on the bandwagon and see him in person before he's too famous to come back. See DeRay Davis live at various showtimes from Thursday to Saturday at the Fort Lauderdale Improv, located at 5700 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $25 plus fees. Two-drink minimum. Visit ftl.improv.com, or call 954-981-5653.
Thu., Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 31, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 1, 7 & 9:45 p.m., 2014