Tag: comedy

BOMBING Comedy Night with Ben and Stav



catch of the day fish (2)Do you ever find yourself at a party, regaling friends with a hilarious anecdote or two, and suddenly you start thinking, “whoa, maybe I could do this, like, in front of people.” That is the first baby step (we’re assuming) one takes on their way to actually doing stand-up comedy. And though public speaking remains one of, if not the top fear of most people around the world, there’s still something appealing, or at least intriguing about just getting up on a stage and trying to make a bunch of strangers laugh. And thanks to Ben O’Brien and Stavros Halkias, you can get your chance monthly at The Crown.

Performance Art and Beyond at the Transmodern Festival


Transmodern Art

catch of the day fish (2)Each year, we look forward to that quintessentially Baltimore institution: the Transmodern Festival. Sure, some of the offerings are a little, um, out there, but Baltimore is a town that prides itself on our off-beat, quirky taste. And besides, if you’re going to take in some performance art, wouldn’t it be disappointing to not leave going, “uhhhh….”?  But we should be more fair than that. Transmodern isn’t all vinyl costumes and puppet shows performed on people’s tongues (yes, we’ve seen that there). There’s a lot of work each year that’s perfectly accessible, humorous, and that you could even take mom and dad to.

Being Joan Rivers (in Baltimore)



University of Baltimore MFA student Nancy Murray recounts the day she got to know Joan Rivers quite personally.

In my acting days I had a reputation for being able to play any character at a moment’s notice. It didn’t matter if it was a murderous psychopath, a disco-dancing diva or a Puerto Rican man. If I played the character I could make it believable. I liked this about myself. I thought it said something about my ability to empathize with others. I was grateful for it because it meant that I always had work.

Less Than a Week Left to See Wild With Happy at Center Stage



About the Show

Wild with Happy

By Colman Domingo

Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen 


Grief is a funny thing. Gil’s boyfriend has left him, his acting career isn’t exactly taking off, and his mother just passed away. He’s not taking it all very well. But luckily his boisterous Aunt Glo, a sensitive funeral director, and his outrageous best friend may be exactly what he needs. Colman Domingo’s new comedy, a recent smash hit at New York’s Public Theater, is a wild ride through love, loss, and, just maybe, The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

Approximate running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. There will be no intermission.

Stephen Colbert Calls Baltimore an “Uninhabitable Wasteland”

Image via Comedy Central/Baltimore Sun
Image via Comedy Central/Baltimore Sun

As the Baltimore Sun reports, our own fair city was the butt of a Colbert Report joke the other day. After talking about the frightening future that climate change promises to bring, Colbert warned that “The entire country would become an uninhabitable wasteland – not just Baltimore.” Ouch.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Center Stage



catch of the day fish (2)When playwright Christopher Durang’s play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opened in New York, the reception was overwhelming—and how could it not be? Durang is arguably one of the best comic writers for the theater—crafting scripts full of absurd characters and hilarious catastrophe that leave audiences rolling in the aisles, tears of laughter streaming down their faces. And you don’t have to take our word for it. The play won a 2013 Tony Award for Best New Play, and this particular production was hailed by critics as “Undeniably funny” and “excellent!” (Kansas City Star). The co-production is under the direction of Kansas City Rep’s Artistic Director Eric Rosen, and brings to Baltimore three of Kansas City’s cast members, including Tony Award-nominee Barbara Walsh, who last appeared at Center Stage as Desirée in 2008’s A Little Night Music.

SNL Rips on Jos. A. Bank Suits in Skit



It’s been a rough month for Jos. A. Bank.  First, Men’s Wearhouse takes it over, and over the weekend Saturday Night Live hilariously knocked the quality of  the local menswear company’s suits, characterizing them as more absorbent and affordable than paper towels! 

Baltimore Hit Parade Live



Hit Parade Livecatch of the day fish (2)TGIF, right? But this week we’re not just looking forward to the weekend. Our eyes are on Tuesday the 25th, when WTMD presents their second Baltimore Hit Parade Live. The brain child of Sam Sessa, the Hit Parade is really just that—some of Baltimore’s finest in a variety of media coming together for a smashing evening of amazing performance. Sure, you could sit home and listen—but why not get in on the action—particularly when a band as great as Celebration will be playing live right there in the studio?

MICA Grad Gets Her Own Show on Comedy Central


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Abbi Jacobson graduated from MICA in 2006, just a few years before the recession hit and the media became full of stories about how impossible it was for a young person to find a job. But Jacobson, who studied fine arts and video at MICA, seems to have done just fine — better than fine, in fact. She has her own show on Comedy Central, and it’s produced by none other than Amy Poehler.