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Comic Shelley Berman brings his funny wit and intellectualsim to The Improv

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Shelley Berman
November 15-20, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m.
$30-$45
The Improv at Harrah’s, 369-5000

I grew up on Shelley Berman’s comedy. My parents had a worn-out copy of Inside Shelley Berman, and I all but memorized it. His dry wit, coupled with an intellectualism sorely lacking in today’s comics, resonated to my core.

Zen moments about buttermilk, why airlines are scary and, especially, fake phone conversations—remembering a night of drunken debauchery, reporting a woman hanging out a window or trying to use logic on a little girl—still rattle around in my head from time to time.

It’s great to see Berman as Larry David’s father on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he showed his improvisational skills have not been dulled by the years. He’s one of history’s most influential comedians, and this weekend he’ll be in Vegas. You’re sure to have a Zen moment of your own

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