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Off the Wall is on with audiences.

Off the Wall improv troupe unleashes the funny.
  • Off the Wall improv troupe unleashes the funny.

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Patrick Sirl had an itch to perform in front of rapturous crowds, and he found kindred spirits at Second City's Training Center. Together, they formed their own Off the Wall improvisational comedy troupe, and so far they've been a hit. "People get very involved," Sirl says. "And they're not shy. Not in Cleveland, anyway." At Off the Wall shows, audience participation is critical. "People feel very connected when they come, because most of the show, if not all of it, is what they want to see," he says. And because you gotta be 18 to see it, expect an adult slant to the comedy -- and a human touch too. "It's also about keeping a certain sense of realism and truthfulness to the characters and the scenes," Sirl says. Off the Wall is at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Down Under (1519 Euclid Avenue) at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through January 31. Tickets are $8; call 216-241-6000. -- Diane Sofranec

The Utah Kid

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The land of Mormons, polygamists, and salty lakes isn't known for edgy junglists. But Utah homeboy DJ Diggabeatz isn't your ordinary scratchmaster. The old-school turntablist has a pair of new CDs and a gig Saturday at Cocktails, 1009 South Main Street in Akron. Admission is $10; call 330-376-2625. -- Cris Glaser

Put-in-Bay Bard

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Singer-songwriter Pat Dailey has been called the "Jimmy Buffett of the North." Not surprisingly, few people straddle the fence about attending his shows. Love him or loathe him, he goes on at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $17 and $25; call 216-241-6000. -- Michael Gallucci

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