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Stand-Up Sit Down: Michael Turner On How Phoenix Can Become A Top Comedy Market

Most weekends in the Phoenix metro area, you can find nationally-known stand-up comics performing at a club or a resort, but those are just quick drop-ins before they land in Denver or San Diego for the next gig.

Today, The Show starts a series of conversations with Arizona-based comedians who offer a unique local perspective.

Michael Turner has become one of the go-to stand-ups in the Valley, whether he’s working solo or teaming up with Anwar Newton for their hybrid, multimedia project "This Week Sucks Tonight."

His material has an edge and he’s confident in his ability to make people laugh.

The Show learned about what he thinks is funny, what he sees for his on-stage future and what it’ll take to make Phoenix one of the top comedy markets in the country.

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Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.