Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bagg and Steele Deliver the 1-2 KO Punch

Comedy: A very funny standup show ends up at the Improv in North Orange County. Ian Bagg and Reggie Steele deliver two great sets.

Ian Bagg with Reggie Steele
The Improv
Brea, CA
5 tablespoons of Bosco

Hard to believe I'm saying this...but I saw two great comedy sets at the Improv in Brea, California. That's right...not Hollywood...not New York..North Orange County!

Ian Bagg, the Nova Scotian, and contributor to the History Channel's the History of the Joke, was the headliner. One word of warning when you see an Ian Bagg not sit at the tables in the front. You will be the punchline of every other joke. It's brutal..It's honest.. It's Politically Incorrect...It's improvisational humor at it's best...but it is very funny and I haven't laughed this hard for a long time. Even I, sitting five rows back, was a target for Bagg's unrelentless humor.

I think the ability to be quick and work on the fly is the toughest thing to do as a comedian but Ian Bagg seems to have it down to a science.

The evening got off to a great start with Oakland based comedian Reggie Steele. Steele's delivery is smooth, relaxed, and extremely funny. The only thing I don't like about Steele is his use of the tired "stereo-typical fill in the ethnic group" type of humor. It's still funny...but it's been done before.

Bagg and Steele both head out to Afghanistan this next week to entertain the troops. Bagg will be back stateside to do shows on May 23 and 24 at the Comedy Esquire in Ventura, CA and at the Denver Improv on May 29 and June 1. For more information go to

Reggie Steele will be in the San Francisco area when he gets back from Afghanistan. Go to for more information. Tickets are still available for tonight's performance (Sun. May 18) at
Reviewed by: Allen Bacon, Editor, The Daily Bosco

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