Interracial marriage has been an excellent career decision for Dave Cooperman, who is appearing this week at Crackers Downtown. Coops is currently shacked up with a Chinese-American woman and their pharmaceutically-boosted baby. When his wife sings to their son, "If you're happy and you know it claps your hands," Coops asks, "Claps your hands? Who are you? Popeye?"
Coops' style runs from the wry and dry ramblings of a Ray Romano to the loose-limbed slapstick of Jim Carrey. He has written two one-act plays based on Kurt Vonnegut short stories and his comedy is featured on the Bob and Tom album, Sideshow.
Meanwhile, on the Southside of town, local icon Artie Widgery puts the needle on the record at One-Liners, dubbed by one recent act as the "only chuckle hut in America that looks like a Cracker Barrel." Widgery's throw-back style evokes a time when standup comedy still had roots dirty with vaudeville's soil.
Coops is rated PG-18 for being "cute and a little naughty." Artie might be cute, but it's in a Jonathon Winters kinda way. His show is rated R for "strong language and sexual content."
Coops is alighted at Crackers Downtown (247 S. Meridian), Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets run from $8 to $16; call 317-631-3536 for the particulars. Artie Widgery is rocking the house at One-Liners (50 Airport Pkwy. East in Greenwood; 317-889-5233) Wednesday through Sunday; tickets are $11 for all shows. Both clubs are closed on Thanksgiving.