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Hal Sparks and Andy Hendrickson | Standup Roundup, New Year's Eve edition

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Hal Sparks and Andy Hendrickson
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The year 2015 is coming to a close and the Eastside's comedy clubs plan to end it with belly laughs. Laughs Comedy Spot and Parlor Live both have New Year's Eve shows Thursday night, featuring Andy Hendrickson and Hal Sparks respectively.

Andy Hendrickson

Forged in New York comedy clubs like the Comedy Cellar and currently based out of Los Angeles, Andy Hendrickson has performed standup or more than a decade. Sometimes in, er, exotic locales: He performed at military bases across Afghanistan in 2011 as part of Outback Steakhouse's Operation Feeding Freedom tour.

Hendrickson's third album, "Underachiever," debuted in iTunes' Top 40 list in 2012 and, from 2013 on, the comic has made more appearances on shows like "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Gotham Comedy Live."

Hendrickson will perform twice on New Year's Eve, with further shows Friday and Saturday. Visit for times and tickets.

Hal Sparks

Do you have nostalgia? Do you categorize and organize your beloved memories in clusters by decade, coloring them with pithy commentary?

Even when he was a regular castmember on Showtime's critically acclaimed series "Queer as Folk," comedian Hal Sparks was more recognizable as a commentator on what would become nearly a dozen "I Love the [insert decade here]" VH1 specials, beginning with "I Love the '80s" in 2002.

Sparks was a natural performer even as a young man, taking to standup at the age of 15 and winning the title of "Chicago's Funniest Teenager" from the Chicago Sun-Times at the age of 17. He was host of the short-lived game show "Treasure Mall" before he had graduated high school.

Sparks will perform two shows on New Years Eve, alongside Sarah Tiana. Times and tickets can be found at


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