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The Improv in Harveys welcomes two new comics: Aries Spears and Francess Dilorinzo

Howie Nave, Special to Action

Aries Spears. ™©2002 FOX BROADCASTING CO. CR: Chris cuffaro/FOX.

Once every full moon, we get a new act who is not just funny but also very entertaining and fascinating.

Edgy and in-your-face, Aries Spears was one of the actors on Fox’s sketch comedy series “MADtv.” He (along with castmate Debra Wilson) was the longest-serving cast member on the show until May, when Michael McDonald broke the record, then left the show at the end of his 10th season.

On “MADtv,” Spears’ characters included Mother Love, the Klump family, El Diablo Negro and Talkin’ American. Spears also boasted a number of uproarious impersonations on the show, including James Brown, Al Pacino and his childhood idol, Eddie Murphy. The “Talkin’ American” sketch was MADtv’s most popular bit the minute it hit the airwaves, keeping fans tuned in.

Spears is now co-starring with Damon Wayans “The Underground,” a brand-new half-hour sketch-comedy show on Showtime beginning Sept. 14.

Aries started appearing on the big- screen at the age of 17. His first feature length flick was “Home of Angels,” which also starred Abe Vigoda and Sherman Helmsley. He then appeared in “Out of Sync,” and portrayed Red Foxx in Warner Brothers’ “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” Other flicks include TriStar’s “The Pest” (alongside John Leguizamo) and his most notable performance to date as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s brother in Cameron Crowe’s blockbuster “Jerry Maguire.” Last year, Aries was joined Martin Short and Janeane Garafolo in “Jiminy Glick in LaLawood,” where he showed off his improvisational abilities.

Aries Spears originally hails from Chicago and first revealed his comedic abilities at the age of 14, when he started doing his own routine around his hometown. Not long after that (and “Home of Angels”), he was appearing on Russell Simmons’ “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO and “Showtime at the Apollo.” His other television credits include a recurring role on NBC’s “A Different World,” CBS’s short-lived “South of the Sunset” (with former Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey), “Crosstown Traffic” and “Brisco County Jr.” for Fox. And, yep, that was him lending his voice to an animated character on “C-Bear & Jamal.”

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We welcome the talented Aries Spears and hope he enjoys being here doing what he loves to do best: standup.

As luck would have it, we have another first-timer here at the comedy club. The lovely Francess Dilorinzo is a fireball of enthusiasm, combining basic silliness with intellect, all rolled into one sarcastic entity.

She really hadn’t planned on a career in comedy ” we rarely do, but when her calling came, she just sort of slid right into it. Francess made the transition from college to life on the road without much difficulty, although she realizes that there’s a stupid prejudice against female comedians. I mean, I can tell you from experience there are plenty of guys out there who aren’t that funny, but they don’t seem to fall under as much scrutiny as do female comics.

Francess has more than proven herself in the short amount of time she graduated into the world of stand up. She appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” “Comics Unleashed,” Comedy Central, and both the Lifetime and BET network just to name a few. In addition to her club and corporate work Francess has also performed for the troops on several USO tours.