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To the world at large, Chuck Nice is a genial wise-ass comedian known for his appearances on VH1's sorely missed Best Week Ever and the I Love the (fill in the decade) series, to say nothing of his smart slots as a commentator on MSNBC. Yet for locals over 35, Nice will always be the Philly native who got his start leading the karaoke room atop Stephen Starr's new-wave dance club The Bank.
Along with Nice doing his first standup comedy show at home in a thousand years on June 9 at the Clef Club, he's doing something locally that will change how Philly remembers him: As a newly appointed BalletX trustee on the Wilma Theater's board of directors, he will hit up the BalletX gala on June 13 to sing the praises of risk-taking ballet. For a comedian who has made being himself a steady job without a résumé full of dumb sitcoms and horrible films, Nice's reputation just got nicer.
Comedy show, Sat., June 9, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $24.50, Philadelphia Clef Club, 738 S. Broad St., 215-893-9912, ticketleap.com; BalletX&O Party, Wed., June 13, 6 p.m., $75-$150, The Furness Forum, 1717 Arch St., 215-893-9456, balletx.org.