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Odenkirk’s night of improv to benefit ABQ theater company

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Better Call Saul.” (Ben Leuner/AMC)

“Better Call Saul” fans – listen up.

Award-winning actor Bob Odenkirk is giving back to the Albuquerque community with a special night of improv.

On April 7, “An Evening of Comedy with Bob Odenkirk and Friends” will be held at the KiMo Theatre in Downtown.

It’s an event that has been almost a year in the making, according to Doug Montoya.

Montoya is the owner of The Box Performance Space and Improv Theatre and the co-artistic director of Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company.

The event featuring Odenkirk will be a benefit for Cardboard Playhouse, which is one of the only children’s theaters that does not charge children to perform.

“Bob is known for dropping in for a night of improv with the performers of The Box,” Montoya said. “He would perform with them and we’d sell out the 50 seats we have. We put a bug in his ear that maybe we can move it to a bigger venue and make it a benefit for our children’s theater company. He agreed to it quickly.”

Odenkirk will have special guests performing with him. The list hasn’t been finalized yet, but it’s a sure bet that many of his “Better Call Saul” cast mates will take the stage with him.

Odenkirk got his start in comedy writing for the shows “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Dennis Miller Show,” “Get a Life” and “Saturday Night Live.” And he also played a variety of characters on “The Ben Stiller Show” in 1992-93.

Montoya said as of early Tuesday afternoon, 240 tickets have already been sold.

The KiMo holds 660.

Tickets are $15, $25, $35, $45 and $50 at kimotickets.com.

“We’re really excited to have him on the stage,” Montoya said. “And it’s all helping our theater company.”

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