Local comedian Forrest Shaw says he's ready to leave his "comfort zone," but not before his best buds bid him a proper goodbye.
Shaw, who last month was named Miami's Ultimate Comedian, is moving to Los Angeles to further his comedy career. "I think it's going to be a big change," he says. "There's a level of uncertainty, but I'm excited, too."
On Tuesday, Shaw and his friends John Wynn, Lisa Corrao, Orlando Leyba and Kirk Williams will perform at the Miami Improv. They are not only local comedians, but stars of the popular web series "Labor Days."
Its seven episodes were co-written by Wynn and Shaw, and filmed throughout South Florida. The homegrown show tells the story of a down-on-his luck, insecure, unemployed Miamian (Wynn) and his grumpy boss (Shaw). It has gained national attention and won awards at the 2013 Los Angeles Webfest for Outstanding Achievements, Comedy Writing and Comedy Web Series. Shaw also won Outstanding Actor for his role as chief of the goofball labor crew, whose misadventures poke fun at race, sex and everything weird and wacky about South Florida.
Aside from attending Ithaca College in New York, where he majored in environmental science, Shaw has lived in Miami all his life. He says the diversity here helped to shape his comedic career and contributed to the success of "Labor Days."
"Miami is a different city for comedians," he says. "I thought a lot about that when I was on the road performing and saw that some comics would fall in a certain type of comedy cliques. In Miami, from what I've seen, there isn't a particular style that a comedian falls into. As a city, it allows you to create your style."
At the show, fans will get a "Labor Days" DVD with the price of admission. "It's got a gag reel and commentary by me, John and Lisa," Shaw says.
He plans on leaving the Sunshine State on Thursday with his three cats in tow. "If at least 100 people don't show up to Tuesday's show, I don't know what I'll do," he jokes. "I'll have to sacrifice one of my cats, because I won't have enough money to take them all."
Forrest Shaw, John Wynn, Lisa Corrao, Orlando Leyba and Kirk Williams will perform 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Miami Improv, 3390 Mary St. Tickets cost $15. Go to MiamiImprov.com.