Rusty ‘Z’ returns to Eagle’s Back Bowl on Saturday |

Rusty ‘Z’ returns to Eagle’s Back Bowl on Saturday

Comedian Rusty "Z" combines improv and his hypnotic powers at the Back Bowl in Eagle on Jan. 24.
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If you go ...

What: A night of improv comedy with hypnotist Rusty “Z.”

Where: The Back Bowl, Eagle.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $12 in advance, $15 day-of.

More information: Call 970-328-BOWL or visit

EAGLE — In typical stand up, the comedian reels off a set 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 its 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. The show takes place at The Back Bowl in Eagle at 8 p.m., when comedian-hypnotist Rusty “Z” makes his return to the popular comedy series.

Rusty “Z,” with his groovy hipster persona — replete with beret, shades, goatee and smoking jacket — has been bringing the “hip” to hypnotist for over 20 years, putting volunteers to sleep and exposing their hidden talents in clubs all across the country. Using his mastery of rapid hypnotic induction and impeccable comedic timing, his Hypno A-Go-Go party is a hilarious and truly improvisational comedy happening that takes a quantum leap beyond the usual hypnosis demonstration.

After a successful 15-year career as a stand-up comedian, Rusty “Z” (aka James R. Zingleman) decided to switch gears (and persona) and do a stage hypnosis act. He studied both stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy with some of the best instructors in the field and is actually a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. He has since plied this magical combination of talents to become one of the region’s most sought after comic acts. He has also been featured on both A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Comedy Central and the “Dennis Miller Show.”


He is one of only two acts that have graced the stage at the Comedy Night Series every year since the series began nine years ago. 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.

“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,” Gonzalez said.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at The Back Bowl in Eagle and 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.

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