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Bay Street Theatre Comedy Club

Originally Posted: May 03, 2006


Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone kicked off The Comedy Club at Bay Street series on Saturday, May 6 at 8 pm. The Comedy Club at Bay Street features an outstanding line up of stand up comedians on select Mondays during the summer season and on Saturdays in the fall. All shows are at 8 pm.

Mario Cantone - May 6
"A comedian of extravagant tantrums and extravagant gifts....a practitioner of the medieval school of stand there and make 'em laugh" said The New York Times. Recently seen on HBO's Sex and the City and on Broadway in his one man Tony®-nominated show Laugh Whore. Join Cantone for comedic rants, vocal impressions and show-stopping songs.

Robert Klein - May 29
One of the originators of the observational style of comedy. Klein has influenced an entire generation of comics. When Klein isn't making a movie, performing on Broadway, at the White House, or writing a book, he relaxes by performing to sold-out houses. He currently hosts The Metro Channel's New Joke City.

Susie Essman - June 19
One of the stars of HBO's critically acclaimed comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The New York Times calls Essman "one of the most vivid characters in the show." She has appeared in a multitude of television programs and starred off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues.

David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier - June 26
Perhaps best known for his work on the acclaimed Fox TV series In Living Color Grier has helped create some of their most memorable characters; including Antoine Merriwether of "Men on..." and fast-talking Clavell of "Funky Finger Productions". He was the unofficial "third host" of Loveline, the humorous syndicated radio call-in show hosted nightly by Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla. Grier has been able to successfully jump from comedy to television to film and alternate between all three.

Caroline Rhea - July 3
Smart, fresh and spontaneous, Rhea's approach to comedy is unpredictable, witty and always based on honesty. Fast on her feet, her stand-up shows are always full of surprises. She recently hosted NBC's hit reality show The Biggest Loser as well as The Caroline Rhea Show, but is perhaps best known for her role on the WB's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

Tom Papa - July 24
"With old-school timing and an emphasis on hitting the maximum punch lines per minute, Papa is easily one of the funniest veteran comics working the clubs today," said the Boston Globe. Papa had the distinction of serving as star, writer, producer and co-creator of his own NBC sitcom, Come to Papa. He has headlined at several New York comedy clubs such as Caroline's On Broadway and the Comedy Cellar.

Caroline Rhea

Lisa Lampanelli - July 31
Nicknamed "Comedy's Loveable Queen of Mean" by The New York Times, Lampanelli has undeniable likeability, a bawdy personality and a story to tell. She is "able to get away with saying anything" according to the New York Friar's Club. Conquering the club scene in just a few short years, she has been called a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. Howard Stern described her as "a real funny broad."

Colin Quinn - August 21
Former Host of Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and known for his Saturday Night Live characters including the anchor for Weekend Update. Quinn's brash tell-it-like-it-is style has led to roles in feature films and his own show on NBC.

Lewis Black - August 28
Back by popular demand! Although primarily a political comedian, no subject is out of reach. "No one is safe from Lewis Black's comic missiles," says The New York Times. His trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture has been seen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central and HBO.

Greg Giraldo - September 9
Socially provocative and yet broadly funny, Giraldo has become one of the most versatile and highly entertaining comics working today. Perhaps best known for his stint as a regular panelist on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Giraldo is currently the host of Comedy Central's Stand Up Nation with Greg Giraldo. In 2004, he released an enormously successful song with producer LaZBoy entitled Underware Goes Inside the Pants. "Comedy saved him from the clutches of corporate law," said Punchline Magazine.

Paula Poundstone - September 16
Poundstone tells the truth and makes it funny. Her ability to create humor on the spot is legendary and with her casual air, impeccable timing and razor-sharp wit, she raises stand-up to an art form. No two performances are exactly alike due to her relaxed, comfortably humorous wanderings from topic to topic that turn each show into a brilliant stream-of-consciousness experience. She is a Cable ACE Award winner for her HBO Comedy Special and an American Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand-Up.

There will also be outstanding comics on September 4, September 30 and October 14. The series will culminate on October 14.

Tickets for all shows are $48 and can be purchased on line at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Bay Street Theatre Box Office at 631-725-9500. Box Office hours are 11 am - 6 pm Tuesday through Saturdays.

Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit regional theatre providing quality entertainment for the East End and beyond.




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