The Rochester Opera House presents All-Star Comedy Showcase
The Rochester Opera House will debut their 2017 All-Star Comedy Showcase on Saturday, June 17 with NH-native Juston McKinney, and it will continue through August. Juston has two Comedy Central Specials including his own one-hour special and multiple appearances on the Tonight Show, and Conan O’Brien, but there’s no place like home! When NH magazine named him “Best of NH” they wrote, “NH may have more famous comedians than you can shake a stick at (Sarah Silverman & Adam Sandler) but no one really gets New Hampshire humor like Juston McKinney.
The All-Star Comedy Showcase will feature nationally known comedy legends as well as some of the comedy scene's fastest rising stars. Boston comic Dave Russo will perform on Friday, June 23rd. Russo is a comedian like no other. Dave has yet to meet a crowd that he can’t win over with his charm and upbeat attitude. His quick wit and clever improvisation skills keep audiences on their toes, never sure where Dave’s mind will ricochet to next. His artful storytelling, combined with his flair for theatrics, has entertained audiences around the country.
The legendary Gilbert Gottfried will hit the stage on Saturday, July 8th. Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and quickly became known as “the comedian’s comedian.” The veteran stand-up is a former Saturday Night Live cast member and has appeared in several popular films and comedy specials. As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries!
SNL Weekend Update writer Mark Riccadonna will perform on Friday, July 14th. Mark is a gifted storyteller, with a charisma that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever, unique delivery, signature voice (that has landed him several commercials) and likability; you will see why he is a favorite everywhere! Most recently Mark has a lead role in the feature film "Days of Power.”
One of the funniest and most talked about comedians to come out of Boston is Jakie Flynn. Flynn will bring his act to Rochester on Friday, July 28th. Joining the ranks of Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno, Flynn has quickly parlayed his success as a stand-up to firmly establish himself in film and television. Audiences young and old appreciate his wit and rapid fire “take no prisoners” delivery.
Having headlined in comedy clubs, theaters, and showcases across the country, and with weekly spots in New York City and Long Island; Tim Krompier has blossomed into a stand-up comedy maven. Tim was recently featured on the MSG Network’s “The Bracket” giving his witty and educated comments on New York sports. Tim headlines at clubs across the US and Canada and continues to be in high demand for private and corporate events. Tim Krompier will make his first appearance in Rochester on Friday, August 11th.
The comedy series ends on Friday, August 18th with one of the best comedians to come out of Boston. The legendary Lenny Clarke has an oddly calibrated act — his material and his perspective are very much in an old-school Don Rickles vein, but his attitude is very much that of a quick-witted young comic. This contrast comes wrapped in a conversational, deceptively genial delivery, with just brief moments of clowning. Clarke is also unpredictable in a very good way on stage — you don’t know where he’s going to go next!
The shows start at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) Reserve tickets online or call the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from 10-5pm and 2-hours before the shows.
The Rochester Opera House is sponsored by TD Bank North, Eastern Propane, Shaheen & Gordon P.A., and Norm Vetter Foundations. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. Visit www.RochesterOperaHouse.com for more information.