- Late-late-night regular Steve Byrne makes 'em laugh at the Improv this week.
Like many of his peers, funnyman Steve Byrne got his start in the comedy clubs. Unlike many of them, however, Byrne wasn't onstage; he answered phones and swept floors. Since then, he has appeared on most of the B-list late-night chat shows (Kimmel, Kilborn, and Colin Quinn), has opened for Mariah Carey, and was named one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch. Byrne now splits his time between the two coasts. "There are 13 comedy clubs in Manhattan," explains the Kent State University grad. "I'm doing seven shows a night, seven days a week there. It's a lot tougher to get onstage in Los Angeles, where there are only three major clubs, and Drew Carey and David Spade are always up there." Byrne performs at the Improv (2000 Sycamore Street) through February 6. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $16; call 216-696-4677. -- Michael Gallucci
Beauty and the Feet
Don't expect Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's La Belle, which is based on Sleeping Beauty, to deliver a happy-ever-after ending. "It's cruel and much more realistic than Walt Disney," says Bernice Coppieters, who dances the title role in the production that opens Thursday. "It's not a beautiful ending, like they get married and have a lot of children. It makes it more interesting." The set and choreography, which borrow inspiration from Cirque du Soleil, are filled with modern and classical dance moves, brightly hued costumes . . . and a large bubble in which Coppieters is encased. "It's a way to show that she's overprotected," she explains. "At first it was very hard to walk in it. But now it's kind of magical." La Belle is at the State Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $63, available by calling 216-241-6000. -- Michael Gallucci
Before Quinn Bolton found his calling as singer for the Cincinnati alt-rock cover band the Websters, he did time in an after-school doo-wop quartet. "We were like this post-Sweathog group of motleys," he explains. At home, the fifth-grader would tinker with his older brothers' instruments when their backs were turned. A drum kit was his favorite. "The whole time I played drums, people would always say, Sounds good and all, but you should just sing and focus on that,'" recalls Bolton. "But I'm not bitter or anything." The Websters perform free from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday at the Blind Pig, 1228 West 6th Street; call 216-621-0001. -- Cris Glaser