Category Archives: Comedy

It’s Red Chair time (does that mean it’s almost fall?)

With the Red Chair Affair almost upon us, the 2010-2011 arts season can’t be far behind.

But right now is time for you to get your tickets to Red Chair, a preview to some of the best that the Orlando arts season will have to offer. And it’s time to bid on a red chair for your very own self, to help raise money for the Arts & Cultural Alliance, will provides support for, you guessed it, local arts and culture.

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Coming up: Red Chair, Shakespeare Gala, Improv Fest

It’s only the middle of July, but you ought to be filling up your calendar for August and September, when the arts season unofficially gets under way. (I hadn’t noticed it stopping for the summer, but that’s another story.)

Anyway, the self-proclaimed start of the arts season is the Red Chair Affair, set for Aug. 28. Then there’s the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Gala and the Orlando Improv Festival, both set for September. Here’s news about all three – first, Red Chair:

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Save this weekend at Sak

Here’s a ticket deal for Sak Comedy Lab this weekend:

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Want to be part of the Orlando Improv Festival? Better hurry.

Applications are due Thursday if you want to be part of the Orlando Improv Festival, scheduled for Sept. 20 and 21. Here’s what you need to do:

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Space still available in Orlando Improv Festival

There’s still room for two more improv groups in the upcoming Orlando Improv Festival, scheduled for Sept. 19-21. Here’s the lineup so far:

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Comedy auditions: The Humor Mill

An audition notice for the Humor Mill improv and sketch-comedy troupe:

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From the Fringe: ‘A Brighter Shade of Blue’

Fringe review: ‘A Brighter Shade of Blue,’ Paul Strickland, Louisville, KY

By Elizabeth Maupin

Paul Strickland is divorced.

He wants you to know that up front because, well, Strickland’s take on his marriage is one with his take on pretty much everything else. He’s a natural negative guy, he’ll tell you. He’s working on finding some happiness. But happiness is like Bigfoot, Strickland says: You have to believe in it, and then you have to go out and find it.

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From the fringe: ‘The Dumb Show’

Fringe review: ‘The Dumb Show,’ Hawk and Wayne, St. Petersburg, FL

By Elizabeth Maupin

Improv can have good days and it can have bad days, and I suspect it was the latter I saw with Hawk and Wayne’s The Dumb Show, which sank like a big fat stone Thursday night. Maybe I can blame myself: I’m the one who, when the two asked for an audience suggestion of a dumb saying, offered “It is what it is.” But the two comics made nothing of that (admittedly inane) saying, and their energy level was so low throughout that the show dragged on and on.

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A deal this weekend at Sak

Here’s a good deal this weekend for those of you who need your improv fix:


THIS WEEKEND ONLY we offer this exclusive discount to our subscribers in celebration of our New Home Summer Launch.

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From the Fringe: ‘Is This Seat Taken?’

Fringe review: ‘Is This Seat Taken?’, Jester Theater Company, Oakland, FL

By Elizabeth Maupin

Anyone who does improv, or who sees a lot of improv, knows that long-form improv – one improvised story that can last up to an hour or more – is a bear. Lots can go wrong, and does, but you’re stuck with that story, and sometimes you just have to torture it to death until your time runs out.

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Comedy auditions: Reclusive Humorist Society

An audition notice for a new sketch-comedy group:

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$10 tickets to Sak

A deal is always good, and here’s an especially good one – $10 tickets to Sak Comedy Lab, all weekend long.

Admission is usually $15, or $12 if you’re a Florida resident. So you’re still saving two bucks, which you can use on some popcorn or a drink. Very nice.

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Opening this week

This week the big-deal event in Orlando theater is the Orlando Cabaret Festival, opening Friday night with New York singer K.T. Sullivan and a bunch of Orlandoans, including Kevin Kelly performing the songs of Maltby and Shire, the It-Was-A-Very-Good-Year singers and Cabaret House Party, the best open-mike night around.

But there’s other stuff going on, too, so read on:

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Orlando Improv Fest seeks improv-ers

The Orlando Improv Festival, which is happening Sept. 20 and 21 at Breakthrough Theatre, is taking applications for improvisers. If you apply by June 1, it’ll cost you $20; if you wait and apply between then and July 1, it’ll cost you $35.

There are already a bunch of groups signed up — and most of ’em are really good people. Here’s a list:

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The Humor Mill needs a comic

The Humor Mill, a sketch-comedy troupe, is looking for a male comic to fill out the cast for its Fringe show. Here’s more:

The Humor Mill Orlando Sketch Comedy troupe is seeking a male actor for immediate replacement for our original sketch comedy show Spare Change, to be performed at the Orlando International Fringe Festival In May. The ideal candidate should have prior improv and/or sketch comedy experience but all submissions will be considered. Must be available for two to three weekly rehearsals from now until Fringe is over in May, as well as all Fringe performances. For performance dates or for more information on our group, please see our website at Interested parties can send their headshot and resume to

Help comedy show move to Orlando

PJ & Friends, the entertainment/comedy/theater-oriented radio show based at a small station in Ormond Beach, is trying to move to a much larger (50,000-watt) station in Orlando.

The show features PJ Pantaleo and Matt Gervia, both improv fans who have taken classes at Sak and are involved with the new group Power 2 Improv.

PJ & Friends is looking for sponsors to help them make the move to the big(gish) city. Here’s a link to their website and another one to the page detailing what kinds of sponsorships they need. Can anybody help?

Get your Fringe sked here

The schedule is out for Orlando’s 2010 Fringe, which may still be eight weeks or so away but will be here before you know it.

You can look at the schedule online (small type, difficult to browse, still in that strange non-alphabetical order that puts all the shows beginning with “the” together under the letter T).

Or you can look at all the shows and descriptions right here. What follows is an alphabetical list of shows, times and descriptions. I’ll give you the rolling log of Fringe shows from beginning to end when the festival gets closer.

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Theater auditions: Power2Improv comedy troupe

Here’s an audition notice for this weekend for a newish improv troupe, Power2Improv:

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Opening this weekend

Here are some of the shows opening in Central Florida this week. Are there others? Let me know:

  • Doors, Valencia Character Company
  • Rent, UCF Conservatory Theatre
  • School House Rock Live!, Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • The Pollock Project, Beth Marshall Presents
  • Leslie Jordan in From Whence I Came, Footlight Theatre, Parliament House Resort

Here’s more on each:

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Leslie Jordan back at Parliament House

TV’s comic actor Leslie Jordan is back at the Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre this weekend for a new show, From Whence I Came:

Leslie Jordan’s all new ‘From Whence I Came’ brings popular TV star / movie star / comedian back to Orlando’s Footlight Theatre at Parliament House Resort

Returning to the Sunshine State where he readily admits and embraces the warmth and glowing acceptance of his fan base, beloved Emmy Award winning actor/comedian Leslie Jordan returns to the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House as he premieres his new and latest stage show. Aptly titled Leslie Jordan’s— all new From Whence I Came, Jordan continues to regale adoring audiences while commanding center stage, weaving tales both personal and public about his astonishing life and career.  Jordan is scheduled to appear at the resort on Sunday, March 28 at 8PM.

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