Kimball’s Pub to host Comedy Night featuring comedian Steve Sabo

Comedy Night is coming back to Kimball’s Pub, 972 Second Street, at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Headlining the event will be Ohio-based comedian Steve Sabo, who has been seen on HBO, Comedy Central and E!

Sabo, whose comedy can be heard regularly on Sirius XM, is currently promoting his sixth CD, “Somewhere Between Five and Seven.” His act, which largely focusses on his own life, is angry, edgy and honest.

“We are very excited to be bringing professional stand-up comedy back to Kimball’s. It has been a couple of years since our last event,” said owner Brian Taggart. “Hopefully the college will be represented in the audience.”

After getting his start in stand-up comedy while he was in college at the University of Miami, Sabo has refined his act over the last 28 years to adapt to the changing preferences of audiences.

“A lot of things have changed over the years. When I first started doing comedy, the biggest thing people were doing was the observational stuff — the Seinfeld stuff,” Sabo said. “Now, it has evolved, and everything has changed. Comedy has become a lot more personal, where people talk about their actual lives.

“Once I became more comfortable talking about myself and talking about what is happening with me, it was easy,” he added. “One of the problems people have is that they don’t think their lives are very exciting.”

Though his act mostly focusses on himself, Sabo says he also can, “Talk about everyday things and hopefully make them funny.”

“Anything can be funny, but you just have to find the right tilt to it,” he said.

His favorite comics include Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Sam Kennison and Steve Write, though he said that he doesn’t consider any of them to be a direct influence, because his material is much different than theirs. Still, he knows they have made an impact on his career.

“I think I just took something from all of them,” he said.

As someone who has spent nearly three decades on the comedy circuit, Sabo is adept at playing to many different kinds of venues. He said that often the toughest crowds to play for are those with college attendees because, “Colleges are super PC and you can’t talk about anything controversial.”

“It is kind of weird, because it used to be that you could say whatever you wanted at colleges, because these are the most open-minded people,” he said. “Nowadays, it is pretty much the opposite as far as that goes.”

But like a true pro, Sabo knows how to tailor his act to whoever he is performing for, so he doesn’t anticipate any issues during his routine at Kimball’s, which will no doubt have a crowd heavy with college students.

“I recently just did a show for a bunch of old ladies, where the average age was about 70 years old, and I had to do a show with just those ladies at 10 a.m.” Sabo said. “That isn’t an easy thing to do for any comedian; even the cleanest comedian is going to have trouble with that. But I did well because I read the room and figured out what they wanted to hear.”

Tickets for the show are currently on sale at Kimball’s Pub. For more information call 570-322-1115.

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