Marvin Dixon was born in Illinois and spends some of his time in Georgia, but when it comes down to it, he’s South Florida all the way. The popular performer and comedic host has been at it since ’94 and has aligned himself with some of the biggest names in main-event stage shows, like Zo’s Summer Groove, and numerous entities like HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, BET, and The Tom Joyner Sky Show. As a comedian, Dixon is no hack, but his greatest strength comes in promotion, and he knows when to take the back seat. And there ain’t a better back seat in the car than the one behind Cocoa Brown — a comedian with street sass and a master’s in education in case you have some “back talk” in you. Her name might elicit comfy thoughts of warm wintertime treats, but this Cocoa is nothing but an acerbic fount of topical comedy that’s as informed and intelligent as it’s church-going polite and grown-folks-time sexy. She might be criminally underused in Hollywood, but truth is Hollywood just can’t handle a woman who’ll tell Tinseltown where to park it. Go ahead and get told where you can either (a) park it or (b) sit in it when Cocoa Brown stars in Marvin Dixon’s Christmas Spectacular at 7 p.m. Friday at the Improv, 5700 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Call 954-981-5653, or visit ftl.improv.com.
Fri., Dec. 26, 2014