Bob Kubota’s show begins at 8 p.m. April 21 at Off the CUFF Downtown, 5819 W. Glendale Ave. For tickets, visit http://offthecuffdowntown.com.

Kubota began his career as a stand-up comedian while a student of journalism at Arizona State University. Encouraged by virtually no one, he honed his particular idea of humor at “open mic nights” sponsored by various saloons and bistros throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Within two years, Kubota was “on the bill” for paying customers at legitimate comedy clubs. Only then did he let his parents know that his life dream didn’t include bar exams — just bars.

His penchant for dry wit, lighthearted sarcasm and deciphering life’s ironies has led him to the majority of the contiguous 48 states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The sly take that he has on his own ethnicity continually proves to be a popular feature of his act.

In 1996, he became an international performer when he joined the United Service Organization (USO) and now tours regularly with Armed Forces Entertainment’s BATTLE COMICS (Barnhart Entertainment), providing comic relief to American military troops stationed around the globe. Tours include trips to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.