Comedian Craig Shoemaker hits the Tempe Improv this weekend

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Need a good laugh? Consider spending an evening with comedian Craig Shoemaker, who's appearing this weekend at the Tempe Improv.

The fellow known as “The Lovemaster” or "Dr. Shoe" has had several successful solo TV specials. He's also co-starred in numerous films, hosted network TV shows, written two children’s books and performed for four U.S. Presidents.

His act ranges from straight comedy to advice on dating, marriage and parenting. In fact, he has a DVD called "Daditude." 

"It's hard to raise kids these days, because everything's done for them," he says. "Right in the crib they give them Baby Mozart to make them smarter. When I was a kid in my crib in Philadelphia, I was listening to my great aunt chain-smoking her Marlboro Reds, singing me a lullaby."

Craig’s comedy style has earned him numerous awards, including "Best Male Stand up" at the American Comedy Awards on ABC. His work as a writer, actor and producer for the regional TV network, PRISM, earned Shoemaker two Emmy Awards.

As a voice-over artist, Craig’s dead-on impression of Don Knotts and narration was featured in the film Pleasantville and Craig’s distinct voice has given life to some of the most beloved characters in numerous animated series.

Craig is happily married to his wife Mika and is father to three wonderful sons, Justin, Jared and Jackson.

He will be appearing at the Tempe Improv Friday through Sunday. For tickets and showtimes go online or call 480-921-9877.