We have a solid comedy line-up this week at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre! We’re bringing you some of the best acts around as we feature headliners who have made a name for themselves not just in comedy, but also in television and film. We’ll have our weekly open mic night that features local amateur and professional comedians, and we’re fund-raising for the community with our Leadership Sarasota night. It’s gonna be a fun week here at McCurdy’s so come out and join us- you’ll be glad you did!
Helen Keaney Feb. 19 & 20
This week we welcome Helen Keaney to our stage. This amazing woman is making a name for herself in multiple venues and girl stays busy! Not only does she host a Prime Time spot on HSN, she also hosts events on TBS, GSN, Discovery Health, and Style Network. She’s the voice of the spunky female lead on the popular game “Pandemonium,” and has been seen in the feature film “Tooth Fairy 2” with Larry the Cable Guy. But we love her most for her witty, often improvisational stand-up comedy! After getting her start at The Boston Comedy Club and The Comic Strip, Helen has honed her skills and brought them to NBC’s “The John Larroquette Show,” HBO’s “Not Necessarily the News” with Dennis Miller, and USA’s “Lost on Earth.” Her stand-up appearances include A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv,” Lifetime’s “Girl’s Night Out,” VH-1’s “Stand-up Spotlight,” NBC’s “Friday Night,” and Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh.” With a balanced mix of bits, stories and improvisation, Helen’s style, as well as her approach to life, can only be described as fearless. Come see for yourself what makes this go-getter the woman to watch when she graces our stage this Wednesday and Thursday at McCurdy’s!
Robert Kelly Feb. 21-23
Get ready to experience the abrasively funny and always clever humor of Robert Kelly when he stops by McCurdy’s this week! With years of touring clubs, colleges and theaters under his belt, Robert has also been a fixture on Comedy Central and a highlight at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival. Acting credits include Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, NYC22, Ghost Town, The Job, What Doesn’t Kill You, Good Luck Chuck and Trainwreck. Robert has performed his stand-up comedy on Comics Anonymous, Comedy Central Presents, Premium Blend, Tough Crowd, The Carson Daly Show, and The Jim Breuer Show. He currently hosts the top-rated podcast “You Know What Dude?” which can be found on YouTube or riotcast.com. Check out the hilarious show with all the bells and whistles of a pro this weekend at McCurdy’s!
Open Mic Night Feb. 19
On Wednesday evening, be sure to stick around in our Green Room Lounge after Helen’s show for our Open Mic Night. Beginning at 9pm, this show features 10 amateur comedians performing 5 minute sets. Some professionals even stop by occasionally to work on new material. This is a great chance to see raw talent in its early stages! There’s no cover or minimum purchase, but audience members must be 18 with a valid picture ID.
Check out the amazing talent we plan to see in the next few months on our stage and make plans now to stop by for these incredible shows!
Maryellen Hooper: Named “Female Comedian of the Year” at the American Comedy Awards, Maryellen’s hour-long standup show about wifedom and mommyhood will have you laughing so hard you’re crying. Discover a bit of the material to be found on her new comedy album, “Maryellen Hooper… Help Wanted” when you catch her live at McCurdy’s!
Bobby Collins: After opening for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton, it’s a real treat to have Bobby Collins return to the McCurdy’s stage. Bringing his razor-sharp wit and apt observances of the human condition to a point of hilarity, Bobby Collins will be the highlight of your week.
Pauly Shore Mar. 26: After his rise to fame in the 1990s as a major film and TV comedian, Pauly Shore is now reflecting on life growing up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. His autobiographical documentary will cover his life in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Come out and see what made Pauly a hit in the 90s and keeps audiences coming back for more today when he returns to the McCurdy’s stage in March!
Off The Clock Interview Feb. 20
If you stop by on Thursday evening, you’ll enjoy a bonus treat when Les McCurdy joins the comedians on-stage for our Off The Clock interview. This 15-20 minute interview with the comedians is a great way for audience members to get to know them more personally. There’s also a Q & A portion with the audience, so bring your questions about who they are, where they come from and how they got started in comedy!
To learn even more about our past and present entertainers, be sure to check out our podcast, The Conversation. These backstage interviews with our favorite comedians is an awesome, candid glimpse into what they’re really like, what gets them excited about performing stand-up comedy, and where they’re hoping to go next. Our newest one features Danny Bevins, Geno Williams, Jarrett Moore, Les McCurdy and Mike Stevens- Local and nationally-acclaimed comedians who are quickly becoming favorites among audiences in Florida and across the country.
This week, bring your friends, loved ones, co-workers and neighbors out for a night they won’t forget! Come out to McCurdy’s and discover some of the best and brightest performers around. These entertainers will make you laugh til you cry and spice up your week. Stop by, enjoy your evening, and laugh the night away- you never know what will happen at McCurdy’s!