Growing up in New Jersey, Kyle Grooms knew he would end up in the arts someday. As a teen, he expressed himself as a graffiti artist and then studied graphic arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, eventually landing a gig as art director for a Hispanic TV network in Miami. “I had a good job,” says Grooms. “But I needed something more than that.” Grooms found that something a decade ago with stand-up comedy, and he adapted to the craft by delivering topical bits. “It amazes me that they’re giving America such a makeover when the economy is not doing well,” says Grooms, focusing on one of his recent pet peeves. “We’re making over cities. I’m looking out right now to see if a Starbucks opens in my neighborhood. If it does, I know the rent is going up. It’s makeover time: We’re making over stadiums. We’re making over the President.” Grooms is pleased with the latter move, especially since he does a killer Barack Obama impression. “I’m good for the next few years,” he says. “I relate to him. I know where his heart is. It’s his time.” Perhaps it’s Grooms’ time as well. “I’m ready to take it to the next level,” he says. “I want to take that next step doing what I love to do.” Grooms performs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Hilarities (2035 E. 4th St., 216.736.4242). Tickets: $15. — Ed Condran
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