Bob Kubota featuring Daniel Hanson
Saturday, November 2, 7:00PM at
Vail Theatre of the Arts
Doors open at 6:00PM
Bob Kubota began his career as a stand-up comedian while still a student of journalism at Arizona State University. Encouraged by virtually no one, he honed his particular idea of humor at "open mic nights" sponsored by various saloons and bistros throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Within two years, Bob was "on the bill" for paying customers at legitimate comedy clubs. Only then did he let his parents know that his life dream didn't include bar exams - just bars.
His penchant for dry wit, lighthearted sarcasm and deciphering life’s ironies has led him to the majority of the contiguous 48 states as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The sly take that he has on his own ethnicity continually proves to be a popular feature of his act. In 1996 he became an international performer when he joined the United Service Organization (USO) and now tours regularly with Armed Forces Entertainment's BATTLE COMICS (Barnhart Entertainment) providing comic relief to American military troops stationed around the globe. Bob has now spun his material in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Iceland, Hungary, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Diego Garcia, Australia, Haiti, Honduras, Cuba, Kosovo, Germany and many more. He has also performed in Hong Kong for English-speaking residents of the city’s bustling business and finance community. Tours coming up in 2017 include trips to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.
2017 also premiered the acclaimed documentary "I Am Battle Comic", in select cities. Producer/Comedian Jordan Brady follows Bob and fellow comics Don Barnhart, Jeff Capri and Slade Ham throughout their journey to Afghanistan, Bahrain & Kuwait entertaining the soldiers in March, 2016.
Bob is also a headline act on the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Getaway, Epic & Escape, which has taken him all over the Carribean & Virgin Islands.
His television appearances include: Last Comic Standing / The Invitationals 2014 (NBC), An Evening at the Improv (Arts & Entertainment Network), Caroline’s Comedy Hour (A & E), Half Hour Comedy Hour (MTV), Stand-Up Spotlight (VH-1), Funny is Funny (“Si” TV) & Make Me Laugh (Comedy Central). Mr. Kubota is also a world-class exponent of deceptive sleight-of-hand. Do not play cards with him. He currently resides in Phoenix, where he is spending the rest of his days trying to teach his rescue dog to play golf.
Daniel Hanson will start out the show with "prop" humor. It's not just what he says that's funny, it's what he shows the audience that will have them soaked in their seats with laughter. He has brought laughs to many over the years and has recently started writing for the "Monologue Show with Chris Wineland." Pursuing his love of comedy, Dan has performed for a wide variety of audiences including churches, camps, clubs, concerts, and other venues.
The host for this fabulous night of comedy is Monte Benjamin. Monte Benjamin is an all around performer, comedian, and actor that's revolutionizing comedy, Monte's clean, high-impact, charismatic style of comedy is a breath of fresh air that will have you in tears with laughter! He been taking to the stage for more than 20 years, entertaining countless thousands of people all along the way from Tucson to his hometown of Miami, FL.
He has acted in stage plays and live productions all over the eastern part of the nation! Monte has opened for such groups as: God’s Property, Eve, Second Chapter, Kirk Franklin, and Shirley Caesar just to name a few. He has worked with comedians like Brodrick Rice, Lil Duval, Ian Bagg,Thomas Ford of “The Martin Show”, and John Witherspoon of "The movie Friday." Monté has performing stand-up in clubs like: Laff’s Comedy Club, Tucson AZ, Tempe Improv Tempe AZ, Stand Up Live, Phoenix AZ, Oak Leaf Comedy Corner, Jacksonville FL, and New York Comedy Club.