Condit: What do Wanda Sykes and my Two Best Friends Have in Common?
Friday, May 01, 2015
I just think it’s funny that two of my all-time favorite people in the universe independently contacted me to say how excited they are that THIS particular show is coming to The Hanover Theatre Friday, May 15, and that we simply NEEDED to put together a group to enjoy a night out on the town. It made me start to think, because here’s the thing about Wanda Sykes…when I had to choose a video to promote her on The Hanover Theatre’s website, it was a VERY difficult decision. Why? Because no matter which video I watched, it was going to offend somebody. (Check out her videos on YouTube if you’re curious.) That, my friends, could be considered a public relations nightmare for some, but could also be refreshing and funny for others. The whether you can leave all of your tendencies to be offended at the door. This is why I love my two best friends, and why I think they love Wanda Sykes.
So here’s the thing…Wanda Sykes swears a lot and talks about a lot of taboo topics. Let me be clear, she is not a comedian that you want to bring anyone will be offended by explicit language regarding any topic you can possibly imagine. That said, Wanda Sykes earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show, and Entertainment Weekly included her as one of the 25 funniest people in America for a reason. She’s hysterical and she’s funny. Many people fell in love with her when she played Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine, while others enjoyed her performances on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Personally, I remember her most for her appearances in movies including: Monster-in-law, Evan Almighty, and her voice in Brother Bear 2 and Ice Age: Continental Drift. There are far more people, however, who know of Sykes’ through her HBO comedy specials and subsequent public support of LGBT rights. When Wanda Sykes was chosen as the featured entertainer for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, she was the first openly LGBT person, as well as African American woman to get the role.
Regardless of how you may have heard of her or grown to love her irreverent wit and humor, there are some good seats left. Tickets start at just $37, and members, groups and Woo card holders enjoy a 10% discount. Get tickets online, at the box office, or call 877.571.SHOW(7469).
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Dick's Beantown Comedy Escape
Dick's Beantown Comedy Escape @ Park Grill & Spirits is located in the recently refurbished Park Grille & Spirits at 257 Park Avenue in Worcester. New England Comedy Legend, Dick Doherty, presents the best comedic talents from all over the United States every Friday at 9pm and Saturday at 8pm. Tonight and tomorrow night enjoy the lunatic humor of Derek Richards. His act is described as a politically incorrect conversation amongst friends at a bar. He leaves every audience howling with his tales from his blue-collar upbringing, his mom's dog, living in Florida and dating an exotic dancer. Tickets are $20. Dinner/Show reservations available at 800.401.2221.
Stage Time Comedy Club
Stage Time Comedy Club is located in the Canal Restaurant & Bar at 65 Water Street in Worcester. The best news is that the Club imports the best of working comics from all over New England and all tickets are only $10.00 each. Tomorrow Dan Smith with Tom Dwyer, Misha Han and Ryan Donahue and on Saturday, February 22, Chrissy Kelleher. With Roger Miller, Mark Saulich and Mike Colallela. Call 508.792.0900.
Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari
Frank Foley’s Comedy Safari combines comedy and dinner for a fun night out. Held at Viva Bene Italian Ristorante on 144 Commercial Street in Worcester, the Comedy Safari brings in the best comics from Boston, New York and all over the New England area. On Saturday, from 8-9:45pm, enjoy the show. This Saturday, Frank Foley and Malik will be featured. Free parking. Full menu before or during show. Tickets are $20 or for show and buffet $40. Dinner/Show reservations available at 774.452.1131.
Thought Bomb - Comedy Monthly
Electric Haze is a new 21+ lounge offering hookahs alongside live music and craft. Located on 26 Millbury Street in Worcester, Electric Haze offers a monthly show called Thought Bomb - Comedy Monthly where eccentric writers and stand-up comics etc. get the chance to perform a story & then do a karaoke song w/the aid of a band. Guest speakers are the first half of the show and the backing band for that night closes out the night w/a full set of their own songs. Admission is $5. For more information, call 508.848.0133 or e-mail: [email protected]
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
Check out John Pinette at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 30 at 8PM. He was born outside of Boston and has been entertaining audiences around the world for over twenty years since leaving his accounting job. Pinette’s big break came in 1991 when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra and he has enjoyed a long career in stand-up, television, film and stage. He has appeared in major motion pictures, on Broadway and his television credits include the final episode of "Seinfeld," as well as multiple stand-up comedy appearances on shows like “Comedy Central” and “The Tonight Show”. Full price tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 depending on seating location. Call 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to the DCU Center on February 23 at 2:00PM. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton, and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. Before the game, take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family where you have an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters – shooting, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos! The unique 30-minute pre-show, “Magic Pass,” will create memories of a lifetime and requires a special pass in addition to a ticket. Tickets are on sale now at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
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