Comedian Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk, Talk Soup) at Cobb's
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Hal Sparks KILLED it last night. I couldn't believe how good he was. I have seen him obviously on Talk Soup, VH1 shows, etc.. but i was super impressed by him.
I have been seeing comedy shows in SF now for about 2 yrs or more. I have seen some big acts -- Chapelle (at least 4x now), Saget, Lovitz, Caliendo, Phan, May, Tosh, Peters, Nealon, Gerrado, etc.. and Sparks was as good if not better than most of these.
Delivery, pace, subject matter, observational skills, puns, wit, everything -- on FIRE!
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I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I hadn't heard of Mr. Sparks before attending his show. Now he's one of my favorite comedians - after only one performance! He has a brand of intelligent humor that reminds me of some of my other favorites (Carlin,...continued
Actor /comedian Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago. As a member of the famed Second City Troupe, his quick wit and affable personality quickly gained him recognition and acclaim. In 1987 he was named the “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times. After a successful run with Second City, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival.
From 1999 – 2000, Sparks was the host of the Emmy-award winning “Talk Soup” on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike. For five seasons, he co-starred as Michael Novotny on the hit Showtime series “Queer As Folk,” based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series.
Most recently, Hal provided the voice of Tak in the Nickelodeon animated series “Tak and the Power of Juju” which follows a teenage jungle boy and his fellow villagers as they deal with their fate as the unluckiest tribe in the world. He also lent his voice to the character “Mr. Q” in the GSN game show “20Q” hosted by Cat Deeley, based on the award-winning game of the same name. In 2006, Sparks appeared on the FOX musical competition series “Celebrity Duets” and hosted the WB reality series “Survival Of the Richest.” In 2007, he shared judging duties with Roseanne Barr on the Nick at Nite comedy competition series “America’s Funniest Mom.” Hal returned to his stand-up roots on June 4th when he starred in his own one-hour Showtime stand-up comedy special “Charmageddon.” The special was released on DVD in June.