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Seventeen Seventy Fox is the true story of the Constitution as told by the heroes at Fox & Friends. Learn the true meaning of free speech, the 2nd Amendment, and Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BY THE WAY.
This Second City Hollywood Premium Show stars Jason Ryan Bornstein, Lauren Frost, Chase Ingrande, Derick Otto, Brendan McCay, Jessie Sherman, and Jacklyn Uweh Written and directed by David Colan Assistant director: John David DeFour Music & lyrics by Wessels Musical Director: Tony Gonzalez
Tony Award nominee, and winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Solo Performance 2015), Orson Bean returns to Pacific Resident Theatre in the world premiere of Alright Then, costarring Alley Mills. The new production is being directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos (Ovation Award and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Director), and was inspired by Bean's multi-award-winning companion piece Safe at Home: An Evening With Orson Bean.
As one of America's best-known raconteurs, and an undisputed triple threat, Orson Bean has entertained several generations of audiences in all forms of media. In his latest comical and genuine extravaganza, he and Alley Mills recount a magical but unlikely meeting that changed the course of their lives forever. A funny, vivid, and synchronistic journey about two artists who beat the odds in the world of entertainment, love…and marriage.
Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here's a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it's the 1970s, and girls can't be mariachis...or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder, "Will the band come together?" American Mariachi is a heartwarming world premiere comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big. Its vibrant live music may just send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step.
Fresh off a honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel, free-spirited Corie and her buttoned-down husband Paul find themselves struggling to adjust to married life in their run-down New York walk-up. Throw in a loopy meddling mother, an eccentric Bohemian upstairs neighbor, and a double date that goes disastrously wrong, and you've got the perfect recipe for laughter. Jessica Stone (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) returns to the Old Globe Theatre to extend its decades-long relationship with playwright Neil Simon by directing this fresh take on one of his best-known comedies.
Show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the "black version" of that film complete with its improvised soundtrack, dance numbers, DVD extras, audition reels & more.
The Black Version is a completely improvised show that started at The Groundlings Theatre in LA in 2010 to sold out crowds and great reviews. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast a "Comedic A-Team", LA Weekly says the show is "Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of belly laughs" while the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!
Harry, a ruthless, thuggish millionaire, goes to Washington — with his showgirl fiancée, Billie, in tow — to bribe a senator and enrich his business interests. He soon hires a reporter to clean up Billie's image, but as she awakens to a world full of possibilities, she starts to question corruption's stranglehold over the disadvantaged. Garson Kanin's delightful and dangerous comedy is a timely exploration of politics, profiteering, and the importance of an educated electorate.
Jen lives in New York but has always dreamed of getting married in her small North Carolina hometown. She heads down south with her partner to ask Della, her late mother's best friend, to do the honors of making the wedding cake at her bakery. Della's cakes are legendary — even earning her a spot as a contestant on The Great American Baking Show. She is overjoyed at Jen's request — until she realizes there's not just one bride, but two, forcing her to re-examine some of her deeply held beliefs, as well as her own marriage. Faith, family, and frosting collide in this touching and timely new play.
High-energy and laugh-out-loud funny, Coastside Comedy With Blue Blanket Improv is never the same show twice. Each performance is created on the spot and based entirely on audience suggestions. Walk along the beach, enjoy an outstanding sunset, and stay for the comedy!
Note: This show is intended for ages 21 and up.
Comedy on the Square is the brainchild of vaudeville performer Fred Anderson. After a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, he was inspired by the festival's DIY energy to create an ongoing performance series in San Francisco. In March 2003, he started producing variety arts, comedy, improv, and magic at various venues. Productions that started at Comedy on the Square have gone on to tour internationally, including the premiere of Paul Nathan's "Devil in the Deck" and "Frisco Fred's Comedy Hour."
Desert Rats is a dark comedy about life and crime in America's contemporary West. Estranged brothers Frank and Jesse reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow. When day turns into night and their hostage is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.
Our show is very different from traditional murder mystery dinner shows. We hide non-costumed actors in the audience that are pretending to be regular guests. This results in a much more social and interactive evening than with other shows; you will find yourself engaged and involved to a level you never thought possible! Our shows are set during the present day and take place in real time. Over the course of the night, our costumed detectives will uncover clues, interrogate audience members that may or may not be part of the show, and help everyone get closer to solving the mystery! The audience member that gives the best correct answer of "whodunit?" before the killer is revealed will walk away with a stellar prize package.
What kind of tango partner are you looking for — one that will glide with you above all of life's messiness, or someone who will stay with you on the ground? It's only their first date, but Ramona and Khalil's time is already running out. Ramona has cancer. Khalil is selling his identity to a corporation. Typical relationship stuff. While they both seem set to vanish off this earth, they unexpectedly find themselves preparing to give love one more try. This warm, witty, and wise romantic comedy asserts that even in the potentially hazardous, high-stakes game of love and relationships…the risk is worth it if it means finding your favorite dancing companion.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
Hollywood's Henderson Hotel was an affordable safe haven for artists, but the kindly owner died. His son, Gerry, hungry for money, plans to turn the hotel into condos. Vulgar and mean, Gerry pushes people's buttons for fun. He is hated by most and ends up dead in the lobby of his hotel. Suspects abound. His cheating wife is involved in the drug business. There's also her lover, a young musician with a wealthy father and a bad temper; an aged actress whose verbose nature gets her wrapped up in everyone's business; a lonely young dancer willing to make any sacrifice for her art, which leads her into her landlord's dirty clutches; an eccentric artist with a pocket full of curses; the local drug dealer, the Eminem-like Black Bobby; and a feminist poet and disgraced college professor, deeply intellectual and always drunk. These people each had personal issues with Gerry, even before the eviction notice. All had reason to kill. Then millionaire cop Lt. Black shows up with his retinue.
From the Great White Way to your local piano bar, theater fans agree on one thing: The archetypal Broadway star is a woman. And man, is Anita Tony a woman!? Anita Tony (Joshua Skidmore) is "Broadway's Leading Drag Queen" and the winner of Best in Drag 2017. A Few of My Favorite Things is a sampling of her favorite leading ladies, their beloved songs, and the composers who helped create the magic of Broadway. Benefiting Alliance for Housing and Healing.
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, The Full Monty follows six down-on-their-luck steelworkers who are desperately looking for work to support their families when they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Filled with honest affection, engaging melodies, and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show, audiences will be wondering if these lovable misfits will really pull it off. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up an aggressive crowdpleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart as the guys work to overcome their fears and self-consciousness to discover the power of their strength in solidarity.
The haves and the have-nots come face-to-face in this Broadway hit. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), this Tony-nominated dramatic comedy finds struggling single mother Margie Walsh coming to terms with the reality that her South Boston neighborhood offers the same lack of opportunity it always has. For most people, it's a place where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills — and church bingo is a big night out on the town. Facing eviction, Margie's forced to turn to an old high school flame for help. But he's now a successful physician living in the suburbs…and Margie is way out of her element there. With a keen eye for character and an uncanny sense of humor, Good People explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakable hope that comes with having next to nothing in America.
Recommendation: ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.
In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie's anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
The onscreen pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz is at the heart of one of the most popular TV shows in history. Who would have thought that to get on the air they had to battle both a network and a sponsor who thought the show couldn't possibly succeed? I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom tells the hilarious true story behind one of America's most beloved TV comedies.
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues, embodied by whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history.
The next case on the docket in downtown Purgatory: God versus Judas Iscariot. Featuring a witness list that includes a hard-of-hearing Mother Teresa, a sarcastic Satan, and a hot-headed Sigmund Freud, this darkly comedic story from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis explores faith and forgiveness in all its foul-mouthed, complicated glory.
Get ready to be whisked back to the golden age of television in Neil Simon's "love letter" to his early career as a TV writer alongside the likes of comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
It's a roller coaster ride, catapulting an unconventional 1950s writers' room into the comedy fray as they frantically attempt to please their larger-than-life boss.
Live Rude Girls is an all-female sketch comedy revue that carefully considers the question of whether women can be funny, takes the paper the question was written on, tears it up, pours gasoline all over it, and uses it to start a dumpster fire protesting the defunding of Planned Parenthood. The cast fearlessly tackles topics like body shaming, street harassment, and the near-constant barrage of dick pics in this no-holds-barred satirical view on the female experience. The cast of Live Rude Girls has been described as "shrill," "prettier if they smiled," and "2/10: Would Not Bang."
This Second City Hollywood premium show was written and performed by Audrey Goodman, Robyn Heller, Darby Rae, Pia Smith, Jackie Uweh, and Andra Whipple. Directed by Nicole Williams Assistant director: Michael Busza Musical director: Darcy Kendall
Winner of Drama-Logue awards for outstanding playwright and outstanding direction, A Love Affair is a hilarious, daring, and more-than-a-touch-racy comedy that takes you on the roller-coaster ride of a 38-year (and counting) marriage — the successes, the disappointments, the sex, the traumas, the traumas about sex, and the budget and the children and the adventure of casting your lot with another human being…for life. Whatever your state of affairs, A Love Affair will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart. From the team that brought you the smash hits Almost Perfect, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS, and 2 Across, A Love Affair is "FLAWLESS! This theatre just never disappoints!" (The Tolucan Times). Back by audience demand after a sold-out 2017 run.
Everyone can see that confirmed bachelor Benedick and headstrong Beatrice are meant for each other — everyone, that is, except for Benedick and Beatrice themselves. While their friends try to trick the bickering pair into admitting they're in love, their young sidekicks Hero and Claudio start a romance of their own. But will false accusations, broken promises, and a nutty and bumbling police force prevent a happy ending? Multi-Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (the Old Globe's Love's Labor's Lost) makes her triumphant return as director to the Globe's Festival Theatre stage with one of the greatest romantic comedies ever. This production abounds with colorful characters, passionate poetry, and some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay.
On a frozen Minnesota lake, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It's the end of the fishing season, and two old friends are out on the ice, angling for something big — something down there that is pure need. Something that might just swallow them whole. Nice Fish is a sublimely reflective, profound, and funny play.
A Noise Within's most requested production returns! ANW favorites are ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully out-of-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Noises Off invites the audience to step backstage and meet the under-rehearsed, overworked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house — literally!
Experience the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 90 minutes!!! The first U.S. venue to take the plunge into the world of international stand-up comedy, Santa Monica Playhouse presents rotating lineups of seasoned, honed and hilariously entertaining comics just waiting to be discovered in the U.S. You won't see anything like this outside of Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney, or Montreal.
Join us for complimentary cups of English tea served by your witty, well-traveled, award-winning hosts, Chris Martin (Brit) and Eric Lampaert (French), and a delicious mix of the funniest, smartest, cleverest — and often most provocative — stand-ups you'd never discover without a passport.
The second Thursday of every month, through December 2018. With a new line-up every time, make this your monthly dose of comedy! Don't miss it!
Scot Nery's Boobie Trap is an acclaimed variety show that features big names in cirque, variety, comedy, magic, and music. In it's second year of weekly shows, Scot Nery presents a hilarious cirque, magical, musical party-show like nothing you've seen before. See great comedy, stunning circus arts, jaw dropping magic and, just maybe, a guy spinning a cheeseburger atop an umbrella. Accompanied the national sensation Fire Leopard house band, this is good stuff!
In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer, performer, and chameleonic comedian Sarah Jones brings to life an entire cast of characters, all of whom have something to say about gender, sex work, and the times in which we are living.
Significant Other, a dark comedy by Bad Jews playwright Joshua Harmon, is the story of twentysomething Jordan, who's the life of the wedding party until it dawns on him that he is "always a groomsman, never the groom."
In Six Characters in Search of a Play, riffing on Pirandello's classic title, Del Shores brings to life six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven't quite made it into one of his plays, films, or TV shows. In 90 minutes, the audience will hear the truth behind how he collected these eccentrics and their stories as he portrays his hilarious, off-the-rails encounters with them.
A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of the United States's top theater artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the Golden Age of Broadway.
A powerhouse cast of queer, gay, bisexual, asexual, trans, and straight performers are taking everything out of the bedroom and putting it all onto the stage! Second City Hollywood is setting out to explore the private lives of individuals as they question themselves, their relationships, and their fantasies, all leading to the point where they seek out Some F*cking Advice. Inspired in part by sex & love advice institutions such as Dr. Ruth, Loveline, and Savage Love, this original sketch comedy is performed by Paul Bianchi, Reed Brice, Camirin Farmer, Alan Masa, Lauren Michaels, Mikey Mulhearn, April Showers, and Libby Wahlmeier.
Written by the cast and Tim Paul Directed by Tim Paul Assistant director: Kathryn Hammond Musical direction by Hughie Stone Fish
Winner of the 2017 LA Fringe Festival Encore Award, Trump in Space is Star Trek meets Avenue Q meets Trump, a musical battle of good vs. bad and ideals vs. opportunism. This original musical is an epic space adventure filled with all the sci-fi tropes we love and all the politics we love to hate. Four hundred years in the future, the fallout of the Trump administration has left humans stranded in search of a new planet. We follow Captain Natasha Trump, a direct descendant from President Donald J. Trump, in her race to find humanity a new planet because due to crazy Trump s**t, the earth blew up!
Performed by Gillian Bellinger, Landon Kirksey, Jim Shipley, Scott Palmason, Nicole Pellegrino, Jessie Sherman, Mary Lou, Joy Regullano, and Rob Warner Directed by Frank Caeti Assistant director: Jenna Torrisi Written by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey Music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides Lyrics by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey
It's 2008 and Hollywood A-lister Caroline Connors (Serena Scott Thomas), having recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, braves her descent into an uncertain future while attempting to navigate her relationships with her ultra-conservative and less than politically correct husband Kevin (David Sessions) and her defiant and idealistic daughter Rachel (Laura Long).
Set in an affluent community near Silicon Valley in the months leading up to the financial crisis and the election, Two Fisted Love makes good use of its irreverent and original characters and artfully incorporates a blend of styles, ranging from, as Mr. Sessions puts it, "…a modern drawing room comedy to painfully dark conversations for mature audiences only…"
2018 is filled with divisive politics, fake news, presidential tweets, celebrity sexual harassment, and the threat of nuclear war. With all of this looming, we've grown Uncomfortably Numb. But this show will have you feeling something again...laughter!! For the first time ever at Second City Hollywood, a cast of alumni, faculty, and graduates collaborate to write an all-original sketch comedy revue.
Written and performed by Jose Acain, Michael Anastasia, Allison Bills, Kenneth Brown, Celeste Pechous, Eric Price, and Xochitl Romero Directed by Frank Caeti Assistant director: Lauren Michaels Musical director: Tony Gonzalez
A chance meeting in an airport lounge leads to a Burmese odyssey and a search for a missing monk…and maybe love. The Victory Theatre's Maria Gobetti directs a romantic comedy by Wendy Graf (No Word in Guyanese for Me, Please Don't Ask About Becket).
The Vet, The Imam, His Woman and Her Preacher share the stage with In Search of Intimacy for a double-bill of exciting theater as RAW Theatre presents encore presentations of two of its innovative 2017 productions.
The Vet, The Imam, His Woman and Her Preacher (2:30pm): Intense, insightful, humorous, and at least a little disturbing, this original piece of theater explores the intricacies of on-the-edge behavior and the intimacies of over-the-edge relationships, leaving no stone unturned and no icon unharried — a raw expose of the rampant social, moral, and sexual prejudices of our troubled world.
In Search of Intimacy (4pm): A smart bomb destroys a village. A middle name sends up a red flag at the airport. A teacher goes postal. A husband and wife come clean. A provocative theater event that takes us on a sometimes tantalizing, sometimes titillating, often terrifying look at our search for fulfillment.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
Inspired by the internet meme of "women laughing alone with salad," Sheila Callaghan explores gender stereotypes, relationships, and sexism with a healthy side of humor and mixed greens. Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, feminist comedy where everyone is about to get tossed!