Erica Clark

Erica Clark will perform a stand-up comedy routine at The Establishment in Rock Island.

No, she doesn't have a mohawk, bulky gold chains nor Army boots.

But that is indeed the daughter of

Mr. T, a 1980s icon for his roles on "The A-Team" and "Rocky III," who is performing Friday night at The Establishment Theatre in Rock Island.

She's Erica Clark, who has been a part of the Chicago comedy scene for more than three years, performing long-form improvisation at the famed ImprovOlympic and Zanie's in the downtown area as well as Jokes & Notes on the South Side.

Her material is racy and edgy, according to a new release, with a style that combines her wit and unusual life experience of being a celebrity's daughter.

She performs at 10 p.m. Friday at the Establishment, 220 19th St., Rock Island, along with four former or current ComedySportz performers who are trading their improv for stand-up comedy. Admission is $3 at the door.

"We are all excited to highlight our comedic skills. Improvisation is a team activity for us, and you know there's no ‘I' in ‘team,' but there is an ‘I' in ‘stand up' if you don't know how to spell," said Patrick Adamson, the ComedySportz and Establishment general manager as well as one of the Friday night performers.

Also performing are George Schulz, John Hannon, John Moore and Matt


Gerard, a former ComedySportz player originally from Rock Island, is now with ImprovOlympic and on tour with Mission Improvable.

"It's awesome to come home and find a comedy scene that has re-established itself in the Q-C," said Gerard, who conceived the idea for Friday's show. "The Establishment is an attractive venue to perform in, and I thought it would be a blast for the hometown crowd to see some of their favorite improvisers in a new light."

The show is for those 18 years and older.

- Times staff