Stand Up Science



McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre has a fun-filled week lined up for you this week and we’re BUSY! Stop in for one or more of these great events and check out what’s going on. From local amateurs to big-time celebrities, from hilarious interactive shows to fundraisers for worthy causes, there’s something for everyone this week at McCurdy’s!


The Great Love Debate Jan. 27

You’ve seen it on BravoTV, now you can experience it for yourself right here in Sarasota! The Great Love Debate, hosted by Brian Howie, is the most dynamic battle of the sexes as local celebrities, voices, and personalities line up on stage to debate love, sex, dating and relationships in 2020. Don’t miss this wildly popular guys vs. gals interactive show this week at McCurdy’s!


Shane Mauss Jan. 28

Combining stand-up comedy, science and psychedelics, Shane brings a unique and often trippy show to our stage this week. Shane’s show, aptly titled, Stand Up Science, includes a union of  scientists and comedians in a one-of-a-kind, two-hour show full of plenty of “Aha!” moments as well as “ha-ha!” ones. After opening the show with witty, brainy comedy material, Shane will bring local scientists on stage to reveal their most recent and compelling research. A Q&A session concludes the evening, so come out to McCurdy’s this week ready to learn something new, ask questions and be fully entertained along the way!


John Dicrosta Jan. 29-Feb. 1

While it’s possible you’ve seen John Dicrosta before, you’ve definitely heard one of his many voices in the Transformers films, video games and on Nickelodeon. Beyond hysterical voices and accents, do not be surprised when John sets up props, begins to juggle, breaks into crazy, off-beat characters, or even performs a bit of ventriloquism… all in one show. Known to audiences across the U.S. and Canada in comedy clubs, Las Vegas, and cruise lines, John’s witty humor and energetic show is nonstop and will keep you laughing all night long.


Open Mic Night  Jan. 29

On Wednesday evening, be sure to stick around in our Green Room Lounge after John’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.


Fundraiser: Paws for Patriots Jan. 30

The 1st Annual Stonybrook Walk N Talk friends night out is coming to McCurdy’s! Register and support the Southeastern Guide Dogs as they raise money for Paws for Patriots, a program to match guide dogs, service dogs and emotional support dogs to veterans and military families. Headliner John Dicrosta will fill your evening with fun and entertainment, and all proceeds go to this worthy cause.


Upcoming Celebrities

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!


Jeff Dye Feb. 7,8, & 9:  The host of NBC’s show, Better Late Than Never, nationally touring comedian, actor, host, prankster and bigfoot enthusiast, Jeff Dye has been seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and finished third on Last Comic Standing, earning himself a Comedy Central Presents special. Check him out when he visits McCurdy’s in February!


Ryan Hamilton Feb. 14 & 15: Fresh from rural Idaho to the comedic scenes in New York City, this one-of-a-kind comedian has recently released his first stand-up special. Be one of the first to spread the news about this up-and-coming comedian when you catch him in February at McCurdy’s!


Maryellen Hooper Feb. 27, 28, & 29: 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 Mar. 20 & 21: 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.


Steve O : With a background in stunt training thanks to a detour between college and adulting via the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown Circus, Steve O got his start with MTV’s hit stunt-reality TV show Jackass. Find out what makes this physical comedian such a riot when you check him out at McCurdy’s this spring!


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  Jan. 30

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!


Podcast- The Conversation

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, take a break from the norm and spice up your week with comedy! Come out to McCurdy’s and enjoy some of the best and brightest performers around. These guys will stop you in your tracks and keep you laughing all week long. Stop by, enjoy your evening, and laugh the night away- you never know what will happen at McCurdy’s!


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