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Calling Aries Spears a gifted mimic might be completely underselling his talents as a performer: The man has serious flow. Search for a clip called “Aries Spears Rap Inpersonation” on YouTube to see the MadTV alum dazzle a pair of morning drive-time jocks with his pinpoint impressions of LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, DMX, and Jay-Z in an improvised self-remix that absolutely smokes anything on urban radio. Spears, who committed himself to pounding the pavement in comedy clubs full-time after an eight-year run on MadTV, brings an impressive arsenal of characters (including a comically grotesque take on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger) to his stand-up routine. That strength can also be a crutch, but credit Spears for pushing himself out of his comfort zone and sparing some sacred cows when there is a real, genuine bit of comedy to be sussed out.
SPEARS PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AT THE DC IMPROV, 1140 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. $17. (202) 296-7008.