As October peeks around the corner, and the stress of the semester kicks into full swing, sometimes it’s nice to take a night off and kick back for a few good laughs. There is no better opportunity to find such comic relief than this Saturday, October 5th when The Ware Center presents “Night of Stand-Up Comedy”. Beginning at 7:30 PM, this 21 and over event will be featuring a myriad of comedians including Jess Carpenter, Valerie DiMambro, Jimmy Graham, and Julia Scotti.
Philadelphia comedian Jess Carpenter is serving as the host of the evening for his third year running, brought back each year by ever increasing demand. Carpenter describes himself as “a Gay, Dyslexic, Colorblind, and ‘Unemployed’ Art Director” whose “rainbow is ‘special’.” Founder of the comedy group Iron Lung Improv, Carpenter studied improvisation in both New York and Philadelphia, and his hard work has definitely paid off. Along with founding his improv group, Carpenter also runs a monthly double-bill in Philadelphia entitled “The Not Just Comedy Show” and “Comedian Destruction.” He is also known for the weekly open mic nights he hosts called “R Mic!”
Jumping back and forth between Philadelphia and New York, comedian Valerie DiMambro has certainly seen her fair share of the comedy spotlight. She is what is known as an “autobiographical comedian,” meaning that she finds the humor in her own personal tribulations in life and chooses to share them with the world. Her style has been described as a “breath of fresh air in these cynical times,” exactly what a night away from textbooks and homework calls for.
Known as “The Roundboy,” Jimmy Graham has worked for over 20 years in the comedy business. He got his start with the group “The Murderers’ Row,” a comedy troupe constructed by members of the “Howard Stern Show,” and his career has been going steadily ever since. Along with making countless television appearances, Graham has also appeared in six full length films, the most notable of which being Disney’s “Invincible,” which starred Mark Wahlberg.
Formerly known as Rick Scotti, Julia Scotti is no amateur to the comedy scene. Along with winning the New Jersey title for Showtime’s “Funniest Person in America,” she was also the first transgender comedian to be a finalist in New York City’s “Ladies of Laughter” competition. She began performing comedy in 1980 and, in 2000, she took a ten year respite from the humorous lifestyle to undergo her life-altering transformation. Now, she’s back and she’s on fire. Named one of the “Top 5 Hottest Transgender Comedians” by the Advocate, Scotti is currently developing her one woman show to be titled “The Woman with XY Vision.”
Whether the mid-semester blues are getting you down, or you simply need to get off of campus for a night, The Ware Center’s “Night of Stand-Up Comedy” will be sure to do the trick. The show will be open to the public but, as a reminder, the show is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $25 for general admission and can be ordered by calling 717-872-3811 or 717-871-2308, online at artsmu.com, or in person at The Ware Center Box Office. This motley crew of utter hilarity is a once in a lifetime performance that you do not want to miss.