Paul Oddo, Mark Walton, Rich Gustus, Kendra Cunningham, Gary Vider, Will Smalley, Thomas and Vicky Kuperman
Comedian of the Year
Marc Maron who will be receiving this year’s Comedian of the Year Award. Marc is best known for his WTF pod cast and his sitcom on IFC Maron as well as showcases on Conan, Comedy Central and Netflix.
2013 Lifetime Achievement winner Emmanuel Lewis
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Emmanuel Lewis. Emmanuel Lewis is best known for playing the eponymous title character in the 1980s television sitcom Webster.
A NIGHT OF COMEDY FOR JOE YANNETTY
“A NIGHT OF COMEDY FOR JOE YANNETTY” – Join New England’s top comics as they get together to support their friend JOE YANNETTY, who is battling cancer. All proceeds to benefit The Joe Yannetty Fund. A stellar lineup of comedians will perform at the Davis Square Theatre at 255 Elm Street in Davis Square for a fundraiser for their friend and comedian Joey Yannetty who is battling cancer. This will be no ordinary Wednesday -- the laughter will be bouncing off of the theater walls in a resounding show of support for one of the funniest comedians in Boston. Presented by the Boston Comedy Festival. The list of comedians scheduled to perform (which reads like a Who’s Who of Boston Comedy) includes at present: Jim McCue, Tony V, Mike Koutrobis, Joey Carroll, Lenny Clarke, Barry Crimmins, Jack Lynch, Emily Singer, Mike McDonald, and more. The audiences of Boston will benefit from the love and laughs as these extraordinary comedy talents share the bill together. (NOTE: Lineup subject to change -- every day, more comedians are requesting to be a part of this show, and some will travel great distances to be there -- in a literal “show” of support.) WHEN: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Davis Square Theatre (down the street from the Somerville Theatre, accessible by T red line) 255 Elm Street, Davis Square Somerville, Mass. TICKET INFO: Donation $25 per person Tickets can be purchased at: www.JoeYannettyFund.com For theater info: (617) 684-5335 and www.davissquaretheatre.com Seating is very limited and this fundraiser will likely sell out, so advance purchase is recommended. All comedians are donating their time. If people are unable to attend the show and would like to donate, donations can also be made at www.joeyannettyfund.com WHY: Because comedy can do good! And these comedians are among the best in the business of doing comedy -- and of doing good. They are turning out for a much loved friend. ABOUT JOE YANNETTY: Yannetty is a brilliant comedian who has performed on countless benefits for others over his lengthy career and delivered countless laughs to numerous audience members. He has performed on stages around the world, on television, and on film, and on the high seas. For more info and a comedy video clip of Joe Yannetty, please visit www.yannetty.com Full bio – below – is courtesy of Joe Yannetty’s web site: A seasoned professional, comedian Joe Yannetty draws on his travels, his Italian heritage, family situations and Boston blue-collar upbringing to bring family-oriented comedy to audiences across North America. Yannetty has been a guest on more than three dozen television shows, including “Evening at the Improv,” “Caroline’s Comedy Hour” and most recently “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” He has headlined America’s best comedy clubs as well as those in Canada and the Bahamas. Joe has also appeared at the “Circus Maximus Showroom” at “Caesar’s Palace” in Las Vegas, “Radio City Music Hall” in New York City, and the “Kennedy Center” in Washington DC where he performed for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Joe’s career began in the early 80’s at the “Ding Ho,” a comedy club and Chinese food restaurant in Cambridge MA. After just a few years Yannetty was one of the top ten comics in the area, having his own weekly show at “Nick’s Comedy Stop” in downtown Boston. In 1987 he brought his gift to Los Angeles and quickly became a regular performer at all of the top clubs, including “The Improv,” “The Comedy and Magic Club,” and “The Ice House.” Joe has also made a name for himself entertaining at Corporate meetings and private parties. Yannetty has written for and toured with Rosie O’Donnell. He also spent some time as a morning show personality, writer, and producer on WKLB and WZLX RADIO, two of Boston’s top ten rated stations. He was recently featured in a segment on the television show 20/20 about when he was victorious on Star Search over the now famous Drew Carey. SUCKERS, a film he wrote and appears in, is based on a part of Joe’s life. It has been seen on HBO, and Cinemax, can be rented all over the country, and has been sold throughout the world. In October of 2001 Suckers was awarded the Premiere Video Award for Best Screenplay. With his experience as a live performer, an actor and writer, in television, movies, and the stage, it seems Yannetty does it all. With a tremendous amount of prepared material, and an amazing ability to “work the crowd” without degrading the people that are paying to see him perform, whether it’s at the Kennedy Center or the local bar, Yannetty is guaranteed to leave audiences laughing, feeling great and wanting more. Joe has also taken to the seas. A favorite on some of the world's largest, newest and most prestigious cruise ships Joe has traveled the world.
Big Pants People of the world unite…
8:oo pm Davis Square Theatre $20 Big Pants People of the world unite... your leader Comedian and Actor Kevin Meaney is here on he's on a mission of mirth. Since his first HBO special in 1986 Kevin has enjoyed an incredible career including legendary performances on television, winning an Emmy, and creating the Broadway hit, HairSpray. Blending a unique mixture of lunacy that includes physical humor, impersonations and stylized caricatures of nightclub singers Meaney has become one of the country's most popular standup comedians. His credits also include the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, appearances on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, and Oprah. In addition, Meany starred in the CBS sitcom Uncle Buck, was featured in the film Big, and most recently the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and 30 Rock. Saturday, September 15th Kevin Meaney whose work Steve Martin has described as “innovative, heart-rending and funny” will be back in the town where he started it all.The show will begin at 8:00 PM at the Davis Sq Theatre, located at 55 255 Elm Street, MA.
96 Top Comedians Compete for Cash & Prizes
Somerville Theatre Sept 22nd 2012 8pm $18 96 comedians from across the country are setting their sights on Boston this September as they prepare for the week-long Boston Comedy Festival where they will go head-to-head in front of industry judges for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch their careers. This year’s festival takes place September 16th-22, 2012. How it works Over the course of one week, 96 comics tell their best jokes in front of industry judges, competing in a preliminary round. Four winners from each prelim then move onto the semi-finals and finally, the best of the best compete in one final round for the title of Grand Prize winner, and $10,000 in cash. The top comedic talents are also seen by the biggest names in the comedy industry, including agents, club bookers, and network television scouts. Success stories from alumni from the Boston Comedy Festival are varied and numerous. Joe Wong (2003 Finalist, 2003/2005 Contestant) was spotted at the Boston Comedy Festival by a David Letterman Show talent scout, and has since appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and headlined the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Shane Mauss (2006 Finalist) completed his first TV special, Comedy Central Presents: Shane Mauss, and has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Live at Gotham. Look for Ryan Stout (2005 Winner) when his Comedy Central Presents special airs later this year. Ryan has also hosted television specials for MTV and appeared in A Shot at Love: The Hangover, Spring Break, The Bob and Tom Show, and Chelsea Lately. Myq Kaplan (2007-2009 Finalist) went on to be a finalist in the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing, debuted his Comedy Central Presents special in April 2010 and has been seen on Late Night with Craig Ferguson and Late Night with Conan O Brien.
Paul Oddo (Oh-Dough) has been performing and obsessively creating his original style of comedy for nearly a decade. His voice and perspective are uniquely his own, making him difficult to compare to other comedians. Through his practice & study of Stand up, Improv and Sketch comedy, his stage presence is both methodical and fluid. Each of his shows are different, and have a certain “had to be there” element that makes them especially fun and memorable. Paul lives in NYC and is originally from Houston, TX. Performing on: Sunday September 16th at 9pm in Preliminary Round 2 at the Davis Sq Theatre in Somerville MA