Hal Sparks brings the funny tonight to the Improv Arlington

Posted on 01 Aug 2010 at 10:24am

Sparks unplugged

Sparks is one spontaneously funny guy, which he brings to his No Collar Comedy Tour, featuring Texas comedians Richard Hunter and Chris Bonno, this weekend. The “no collar” concept, he says, comes from a comic book fan/rocker point of view that makes wearing collared shirts an enigma.

Despite his explicit role on Queer as Folk, the motorcycle-riding Sparks is definitely not gay. Still, many of his fans can’t separate him from his Michael Novotny character.

“Those people are insane,” he says. “You’ll never sway them from thinking that way, whether it’s a straight character or a gay character. These are the people who see a mime in the park and really think he’s trapped in a box.”

Sparks is anything but trapped, thanks to a wildly diverse Hollywood career. Or careers: He’s been on TV in dramas, hosting game shows and comedic on programs like VH1’s I Love the ’80s, and appeared in movies like Spider-Man 2. He even sings and plays guitar in the indie rock band Zero 1 and hosted the Femmy Awards for Intimate Apparel Makers a couple months ago. This guy’s diverse.

DEETS: The Improv, 309 Curtis May Way, Arlington. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. 817-635-5555. Improv.com

To read Steven Lindsey’s full interview with Sparks, click here.

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