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Thanks for visiting our blog where you get to experience first hand the mindful ramblings of Les McCurdy as he looks at life from every point of view for your reading pleasure. The next time you drop in to McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, feel free to come up to Les and get clarification on any of the ideas that he expresses here or just to let him know you found a misspelled word. Thanks for visiting.

Comedy Greats

Comedy Greats

    This week at McCurdy’s we are excited to welcome some serious veterans in the industry to our stage! Up first is Scott Novotny who, after 20 years in the business of comedy, has created quite a loyal following, especially in the midwest. His clean material and ability to engage a wide range of […]

Down Under

Down Under

    Everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. For Ryan Gosling, this individual hails from Australia and is making waves across the U.S. with his talent. Monty Franklin brings a fresh spin to the comedy scene as he currently tours the country, opening for Saturday Night Live veteran Rob Schneider and appearing in […]

Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back Kotter

    This week our theatre is hopping with tons of shows and events and we can’t wait to bring you some top-notch comedy! First, we’re beginning and ending the week with our very own Les McCurdy and Ken Sons as comedy duo, The Bermuda Mavericks. Having known each other since childhood, Les and Ken […]

DYE LAUGHING

DYE LAUGHING

    Moving into the New Year is always an exciting endeavor, but especially when you already know you have plenty to look forward to. That’s how we at McCurdy’s feel about 2019. We have tons of hilarious lineups waiting for you this year, and we’re kicking things off with Jeff Dye! This nationally-known comedian […]

'Tis The Season

‘Tis The Season

    We have so much happening this week at McCurdy’s, you definitely want to stop what you’re doing and check out our calendar right now! First up, we have Brett Leake, the best sit-down stand-up comedian you’ll ever see. While muscular dystrophy is doing it’s worst with his physical form, Brett continues to entertain […]

Bringing The Funny

Bringing The Funny

    You might need a therapist if… you don’t see what makes John Carfi so hilarious! With his sharp wit and polished comedy, John has been delighting audiences for many years and has the resume to prove it. In addition to TV appearances on The Ricki Lake Show, Comedy Central, Entertainment Tonight and the […]

Special Events

Special Events

  Whenever you feel like you might be surrounded by idiots, it’s probably because you are. Using a common sense approach to articulate the stupidity in the air, along with his Cuban accent that he wields like punctuation, Al Romero quickly gets his audience on his side of stupid, pointing out the dumb things we […]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

  When you’ve been in the same career for over 25 years, you either become very good at your job or very bored. Steve Arik, this week’s headlining comedian at McCurdy’s, has become incredible at his job, probably because he doesn’t see it as such. By connecting with his audience in an experienced and professional […]

Autumn

Autumn

  A fresh, up-and-coming comic will grace our stage this week with a clean, honest look at everyday life. Milwaukee native Rahn Hortman, who now calls Tampa home, will be performing his crowd-pleasing repertoire of jokes based on marriage and family this week at McCurdy’s Theatre. While Rahn’s journey to the comedic stage has been […]

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve

  Enjoy a home-grown treat this week as McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre welcomes JB Ball back to our stage! Raised in Tampa, JB loves FL and returns whenever he can, crediting this area with the clubs that gave him his start- especially our very own Les McCurdy, who was a judge when JB won Florida’s Funniest […]

A Flipping Good Time

A Flipping Good Time

This week at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre we are pleased to welcome Flip Schultz back to our stage! Flip has a reputation of quality timing and on-point hysterical observations that will leave you rolling in the aisles. With his well-crafted jokes, improvisation, hilarious characters, and comedic physicality, Flip has made a name for himself across the […]

Love and Marriage

Love and Marriage

  Robert Frost once said, “If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.” Laughing at the normalcy of life, work, marriage and raising kids is a key component to staying sane. If you can’t find something funny about more than 25 years of marriage, you may not be doing it right. Thankfully, Carmen Ciricillo […]

America's Got Talent

America’s Got Talent

  School is back in session this week when McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre welcomes Mike Rivera, America’s Funniest Teacher, back to the stage for a few nights of hilarious classroom humor. Mike, a civics teacher from Largo, FL, became America’s Most Hilarious Teacher according to The View during their nationally televised comedy competition. After nearly three […]

Fun-draisers

Fun-draisers

    We’re happy to welcome Jodi White back to our stage this week at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre! Jodi’s reality-based style includes a healthy dose of edgy, self-deprecating humor that is totally tuned into the here and now. After three kids and just as many divorces, Jodi’s been through as much life in her forty-something […]

Bawdy Women

Bawdy Women

    They say that if we don’t learn how to laugh at ourselves, we’ll cry our eyes out. After going through a nasty divorce, this week’s comedian learned how to laugh at herself and has been bringing audiences along for the ride ever since. Janet Williams, AKA “The Tennessee Tramp” has been doing comedy […]

Guinness Book of World Records

Guinness Book of World Records

      When is a comedy show more than just a comedy show? When you’re in the presence of the great showman and Comedian David Scott, Mr. Showtime AKA The Midnight Swinger! Mr. Showtime is the Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Stand-Up Comedy Show by an Individual at 40 hours and 8 […]

Seasoned Pro

Seasoned Pro

      Sometimes the world can seem like a confusing place, and when that starts to happen, leave it to Mitch Fatel to keep things simple. With his charming innocence and friendly, mischievous approach to life, Mitch strikes a balance between quickly engaging his audience then catching them off guard with his hilarious observations […]

Guitar Hero

Guitar Hero

        Combine music, satire, and parody into one rip-roaring comedy act and what do you get? Dennis Blair, of course! Dennis got his start by touring with Rodney Dangerfield for more than three years and toured with George Carlin for over 18 years. Stepping out from under the tutelage of these greats, […]

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines

      After 10 years as a favorite on Carnival Cruise Lines, and with over 20 years of entertaining in comedy clubs across the country, we are pleased to welcome Carl Rimi back to our stage. Carl’s quick-fire delivery and observational humor will leave you laughing for weeks. Whether he’s offering gift-giving advice to […]

Florida Rasied

Florida Rasied

  When you’re raised in Florida by southern parents, you tend to have a unique perspective on the world around you. Anything less than 65 degrees is considered reason to stay home from school or work, while a category 5 hurricane calls for a party with the neighbors. Southern grandmothers tell it like it is […]

Baby Face

Baby Face

    Several years ago, as he was judging the Boston Comedy Competition, Les encountered a great up and coming comedian who was one of the top ten finalists in the competition. Les booked him as a supporting act for the next week’s New Year’s Eve show, which would be this young man’s very first […]

Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

  One of the challenges for any comedian is to be able to put a fresh, funny spin on the normal day-to-day observations we all have. We want to be relatable and unique at the same time. We want to point out what you already know, but just didn’t happen to notice yet. This week’s […]

Summertime!

Summertime!

    It is Summertime and McCurdy’s is non-stop this summer! We have a jam-packed schedule featuring tons of shows and events. There’s no good reason to miss out on the fun this month- choose a favorite or keep coming back for more.  With this many shows and events, there’s definitely something for everyone. First […]

A Different World

A Different World

This week at McCurdy’s we welcome long-time, world-renowned comedian, Sinbad, to our stage! This 90s TV sitcom sensation made a name for himself with shows like A Different World, a spin-off from The Cosby Show, and later premiered his own show, The Sinbad Show, on Fox. Sinbad has starred in multiple film productions and has […]

So Many Events!

So Many Events!

  If you’re looking for a fresh, clean spin on comedy, you’ll want to join us this week at McCurdy’s when Andy Hendrickson headlines our stage from July 18th through the 22nd. Andy has graced our stage many times throughout the past 10 years, and we’re just as excited as you are to spend a […]

Vote!

Vote!

This is a big week at McCurdy’s! We are once again hosting the Regional World Series of Comedy! Ready for the best part? When you visit McCurdy’s this week as an audience member, you will actually participate in sending one of the comics you experience further along in the competition. AUDIENCE VOTING is an essential […]

July Goodies

July Goodies

We’re so excited to welcome Steve Miller to our stage this week! Steve brings self-deprecating humor to the world of comedy that pushes the envelope while busting your gut. He has a relevant, story-telling style that airs his opinions and commentary on everything from politics to health (or lack thereof). His seamless transitions and relevant […]

Comedy A Capella

Comedy A Capella

  “What IS Comedy A Capella?” Comedy A Capella is a totally original style of comedy, invented by none other than Ron Feingold. Ron comes to us this week from Orlando, FL, to share his unique blend of traditional stand-up comedy and sensational vocal talents. This winning combination results in a one-man vocal band in […]

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

Up This Week! Have you ever wondered if other people pick up on the same inconsistences you seem to observe around you? This week’s headliner at McCurdy’s can relate. John Carfi is best known for his appearances on TV shows like Comedy Central’s Standup Stand Up, Entertainment Tonight, and The Ricki Lake Show. He has […]

Memory Lane

Memory Lane

This month, McCurdy’s celebrates 30 years of bringing world-class comedy to Sarasota, FL, and we’re kicking off the month with some truly special events. First, Mike Rivera, voted the Funniest Teacher of the Year on ABC The View, joins us for hilarious moments from the classroom on June 6-7. Rivera’s style is likable and engaging […]

McCurdy's 30th Anniversary

McCurdy’s 30th Anniversary

  This week at McCurdy’s Ken Miller, voted Florida’s Funniest Comedian, returns to our stage! Catch his ridiculous and relatable stories of raising kids as a single dad during one of this weekend’s shows, May 30-June 3. Ken is not only a favorite at McCurdy’s, but throughout Florida. As the 2013 winner of the Florida’s […]

Carlos Mencia and Funny Fellas

Carlos Mencia and Funny Fellas

This week McCurdy’s has a packed agenda and we’re ready to treat you to some First Class comedy. Up first is Funny Fellas for One Night Only! On May 23rd catch Frank del Pizzo, Larry Venturino, and Christopher Cowles as the comedy trio, Funny Fellas, that will whack you with laughter. Three distinct comics bring […]

Golf Course Duck Hunt

Golf Course Duck Hunt

If you didn’t read last week’s blog about my Uncle Jug you should take the time to read it now before you read this one. It is good to understand a little about my favorite Uncle and his general personality before you go on with this story. His passion was hunting and fishing and he […]

I’m Gay

I’m Gay

While I was doing my bi weekly workshop with the students from Special Olympics and the Sarasota Therapeutic Recreation Center preparing for their upcoming 7th Annual Special O’Laughics Show one of the students did a couple of jokes that inspired my blog this week. “Knock Knock, Who’s there? Raisin, Raisin Who? Raisin kids is hard […]

Boudoir Invasion

Boudoir Invasion

Many of the men I know are terrible about going to the Doctor unless a limb is detached. As I was growing up my entire immediate male adult role models were that way. So twenty years ago at the age of 35, three years married and planning on having a child I realized that I […]

Righty tighty lefty loosy G-String

Righty tighty lefty loosy G-String

Righty tighty lefty loosy is a term many of us have heard most of our lives to remember which way to turn to tighten or loosen a bolt, nut, or screw. When it comes to the human species most all of us are predominantly righty or lefty with every aspect of our anatomy. This is […]

North Lido Beach

North Lido Beach

When I first moved here in 1982 Sarasota/Bradenton was a much smaller, very quaint, resort/retirement community. When I was first offered the opportunity to come here as a waiter at a new Bennigans I had never heard of Sarasota. I called a friend of mine who grew up in Daytona and asked him about this […]

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