Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted – the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.
Harry Segall’s comedy ‘Heaven Can Wait’ takes the stage performed by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players. Director Linda Fenescey and actor Kerry Kane are on hand to talk about the prize-fighter who refuses to believe he has died. It turns out that it was just a clerical error, but putting things right proves difficult…and hilarious.
The Binghamton University Theatre Deparment presents ‘The Liar’, playwright David Ives’ adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s ‘Le Menteur’, which Corneille in turned based on ‘La verdad sospechosa’ by Mexican-born playwright Juan Ruiz de Alarcon.
Know Theatre presents its fourteenth annual Playwrights and Artists Festival. Artistic Director Tim Gleason joins us to talk about the artwork that inspired the plays, the six plays chosen for the festival, and the music written for the plays. http://wskg.org/audio/knownew.mp3
Kitchen Theatre welcomes Fitz&Startz Production for ‘The Mystery of the Magic Flute’, a re-imagining of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ with music from other Mozart operas for a detective story for kids about a mysterious theatre. “Three American girls–Bettina age 15, Anna age 12, and Suz age 9–are off to Salzburg, Austria with their Uncle Wolfie to see the sights and experience going to the opera in Mozart’s home town. Uncle Wolfie has told his nieces about a mysterious opera house that is on a street with no name and is not on any map. Can they find it? When Uncle Wolfie turns a corner and disappears and a mysterious door appears, the girls decide to enter.
Greene’s Chenango River Theatre presents Noel Coward’s timeless comedy ‘Blithe Spirit’ August 18 through September 10, with a talk-back after the August 25 performance. “To research a new book he’s writing, Charles invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance. The disbelieving Charles is shocked when the séance unleashes the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent temptress Elvira. Both worldly and unworldly personalities clash in one of the most refreshing “menages a trois” in modern theatre as Charles’ current wife Ruth battles Elvira for her husband’s attention. ”
Jennifer Terrell, playing Ruth, and Eliza Shea, playing Elvira, join us to talk about this hilarious play. And we were pleased to say hello to Eliza’s parents who were listening in London. http://wskg.org/audio/blithe.mp3
KBKabaret presents a Music and Comedy Festival on Sunday, August 13 from 1pm to 7pm at Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Boulevard in Johnson City. Founder and comedy writer Bree Harvey joins us to talk about growing up watching television variety shows hosted by Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, and the Smothers Brothers, and how they inspired her to create KBKabaret. http://wskg.org/audio/bree.mp3
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