Hal Sparks returns for more laughs at Zanies

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O&AN has partnered with Zanies Nashville to offer you a chance to catch the hilarious Hal Sparks for free. You can enter to win a pair of tickets to one of his October 2-4, performances by sending us an email to contest@outandaboutnewspaper.com with “Hal Sparks” in the subject line. Please be sure to include a daytime phone number in your entry, so we can notify the lucky winner. You don’t want to miss this show…see you at Zanies!

A little more about Hal Sparks…

Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago. As a member of the famed Second City Troupe, his quick wit and affable personality quickly gained him recognition and acclaim. In 1987 he was named the “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times.

After a successful run with Second City, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival.

From 1999-2000, Sparks was the host of the Emmy-award winning Talk Soup on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

For five seasons, Sparks co-starred as Michael on the hit Showtime series Queer As Folk, based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series. Named Outstanding Drama Series at the 12th Annual GLAAD Awards, Queer As Folk is about the lives of a group of gay men living in Pittsburgh. Focusing on their relationships, their careers, their loves and ambitions, the series is a brave, realistic, humorous and sometimes graphic portrayal of a world never before seen on U.S. television.

In 2006, Sparks hosted the WB reality series Survival Of the Richest, and is one of the stars of the VH1 hit pop culture series I Love The 90’s, I Love The 80’s, The 80’s Strike Back and I Love The 70’s.

His television credits include guest-starring roles on CSI, Frasier, and One on One. He also co-starred in the Showtime Original feature Bleacher Bums, adapted from the critically acclaimed play of the same name. Hal starred opposite Peter Riegert, Wayne Knight and Brad Garrett in this classic baseball comedy.

In 2004 Sparks appeared in the box office hit Spiderman 2. He also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star and Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town with Billy Bob Thorton. Sparks also provided the voices for two animal characters, a bee and a fish, in the 20th Century Fox film Dr. Dolittle 2. His numerous television appearances include The Tonight Show, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, The View, Politically Incorrect, MTV, The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Out & About Today and Hollywood Squares.

He also starred in his own sketch comedy pilot entitled Here Comes The Neighborhood and produced comedy segments for the Disney Channel. On the stage, Sparks has performed in such productions as The Glass Menagerie and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

A native of Peak’s Mill, Kentucky, Sparks spent several years in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. He is an accomplished singer/songwriter and an expert in the martial arts with 20 years experience in Shaolin, Kung Fu, Wushu and Karate.