Aries Spears Performs at Pittsburgh Improv; Pens vs. Hurricanes (Thurs., 1/4/18)

1) New York native Aries Spears didn’t rest on his laurels when he left FOX’s “MADtv” in 2005, though the show had been his bread and butter since 1997. He hit the ground running with a “Comedy Central Presents” special that year and did a short stint on Showtime with Damon Wayans on the short-lived “The Underground.” He has also made guest appearances on everything from “CSI: Miami” to “The Boondocks.” But the real magic happens when this natural-born comedian returns to his roots, stand-up comedy, and hits the road with his hilarious Shaq impression. He has been touring internationally, and you’ll get the chance to see him tonight at 8 p.m. at Pittsburgh Improv, with additional shows through Sunday. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

2) The Pens are playing a home game at PPG Paints Arena tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Then the Penguins play the New York Islanders tomorrow in an away game.  The Pens are currently in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. Not very good, however we can take solace in the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers are in eighth and last place.  Let’s go Pens! 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.