Rusty Z performs at Back Bowl in Eagle on Saturday |

Rusty Z performs at Back Bowl in Eagle on Saturday

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Rusty Z returns to the Back Bowl in Eagle Saturday for his family-friendly show.

EAGLE — In typical stand-up, the comedian reels off a setlist of written jokes that are, in many cases, keenly choreographed and timed to set up the punch line and, hopefully, elicit the desired response. Improvisational comedy on the other hand couldn’t be more diametrically opposed, with a concept or idea taking on spontaneous direction and, in the right hands, a comic life of it own. Its destination, punch line and response are never the same and almost never known. This is what makes the improvisational form of comedy so unique, unpredictable and exciting.

Now, bring to the mix a completely new set of players for each show. For that matter, let’s say these players are members of the audience, and now you have the ingredients for the ultimate evening of improv. This is about the only thing we do know for certain about Saturday’s edition of Comedy Night at the Bowlmor. Other than of course that it takes place at the Back Bowl in Eagle at 8 p.m. and comedian/hypnotist Rusty Z (aka James R. Zingleman) will make his return to the popular comedy series.

For more than 20 years, Rusty Z has been putting volunteers to sleep and exposing their hidden talents in clubs all across the country. After a successful 15 year career as a stand-up comedian, Rusty Z decided to switch gears (and persona) and do a stage hypnosis act.

He is one of only two acts that have graced the stage at the Comedy Night Series seven times in as many years and with good reason. His shows are one of the most popular, not only for adults, but for families as well. According to manager Joe Gonzalez, who has been there for all the shows, the act is very family-friendly and in good taste.

“Kids just love this show, which is why we like to have him back in the summers, when they’re out of school,” Gonzalez said. “Hypnosis is one of those things that really intrigues people and when done in good taste, simply cracks people up. Rusty’s act is, without a doubt, one of the most unique and popular shows I’ve ever seen, which is why we continue to bring him back.”

Tickets are on sale now for $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Back Bowl, or by phone with a credit card by calling 970-328-BOWL. Visit for more info.

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