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Ryan Hamilton

Daily from Sept. 13-15
8 p.m.
Daily from Sept. 14-15
10:30 p.m.

Ryan Hamilton is, to borrow an expression from fellow comedian Jackie Kashian, one of the golden retrievers of comedy: Everyone’s always glad to see him. That is even truer these days in what can sometimes be a toxic climate. “I like people to come out of the show feeling good no matter what we talk about,” he says. That usually involves the odd and silly things that happen to him on a day-to-day basis. “I don’t know if that’s interesting or not, but I think it’s funny. I try to be somewhat broad, and I enjoy that. I like comedy that’s all over the spectrum.” Lately, he’s been going old-school. “I’ve been on a kick where I’m reading physical newspapers,” he says. “I just like to pick up a newspaper, and that’s my go-to airplane read now. I find I retain more and I learn more than watching cable news or scrolling through headlines on my phone. I’m trying to stay informed and be a good citizen.” Hamilton’s profile has been boosted this past year by his well-received Netflix special, Happy Face. “I feel these specials are great because that’s really the best way to experience comedy,” he notes of the one-hour format. “I feel the craft of comedy is an hour. You want to be able to entertain people for an hour with a set that ebbs and flows. That’s really the highest level of comedy to me.”