Improv Presents “SNL” Alum Kevin Nealon; Kings of Leon to Hold Court at First Niagara (CPs Fri., 8/29/14)

1) Comedian Kevin Nealon brings his stand-up act to the Pittsburgh Improv tonight. He is best known for his nine-year stint as a cast member on NBC’s  long-running comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” where he was in the coveted Weekend Update anchor spot and portrayed one half (Franz) of the dynamic duo of Pumping Up with Hans & Franz. Nealon has received critical praise for his role as Doug Wilson, an outrageous character who always seems to land on his feet in the Showtime TV series “Weeds.”

Comedian and film star Kevin Nealon will have people laughing in the aisles this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv.

Comedian and film star Kevin Nealon will have people laughing in the aisles this weekend at the Pittsburgh Improv.

He has also teamed up with former “SNL” cast member Adam Sandler to work on eight movies, including Blended, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. Nealon’s comedy style is often understated, like eating a spicy hot dish—you may not feel the burn right away, then it hits you full force. 8 and 10:15 p.m. tonight; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday. 166 E. Bridge St., The Waterfront, Homestead.

2) Nashville, known as the capital of country music, also nurtures other genres—including rock. One proof of that theorem is Kings of Leon, a band that formed in Nashville in 1999 and whose members include the Followill brothers, Anthony Caleb, Ivan Nathan, and Michael Jared, along with cousin Cameron Matthew Followill. The brothers are from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., the same town country rocker Charlie Daniels is from. Their band name is derived from the brothers’ dad and grandfather’s name, Leon. Several top songs include “Use Somebody” and “Crawl.” Joining them on the Mechanical Bull Tour is Young the Giant and Kongos. 7 p.m. First Niagara Pavilion, 665 Rt. 18 Burgettstown. CANCELED due to longer than expected doctor ordered rest period for injured drummer.

3) The Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds at 7:05 p.m. in a Free Shirt Friday (first 25,000 fans) game. Preceding the matchup is a block party beginning at 5:30 p.m., with food, beverages, live music , and a Pirate alumni appearance by Rick Reuschel. PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore.


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