It will be “comedy tonight” when three comedy shows come to The Ridgefield Playhouse. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Comedy Tour (pictured) will bring hilarity on Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. comedian ANT will deliver comedy with a message, and the graduation show for Christine O’Leary’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshop Showcase will feature her funny students on Sunday, April 7, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For tickets ($35 Irish Comedy Tour, $11 ANT, $10 Comedy Workshop Showcase), call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online, ridgefieldplayhouse.org. Photo by Clear Eye Photo
It will be “comedy tonight” when three comedy shows come to The Ridgefield Playhouse. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Comedy Tour will bring hilarity on Thursday, March 14, at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., comedian ANT will deliver comedy with a message, and Christine O’Leary’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshop Showcase will feature her funny students on Sunday, April 7, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Irish Comedy Tour creates the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub with a boisterous, belly laugh team. The clever comedians, whose ancestors hail from the emerald island, are Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, Joey Carroll, Jim Campbell and Derrick Keane. Just three days shy of St. Patrick’s Day, these hilarious Irish-Americans will tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes. A beer tasting in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. sets the mood. Any “real” man who wears a kilt to this show will get a free beer at the lobby bar. After the show, the Irish Comedy Tour guys will be at The Hideaway (Grove St., Ridgefield) to grab a pint with folks who saw their show. Bissell House (Main St., Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of house wine or draft beer at dinner the night of the show when tickets/stubs are presented. This event is part of the Clark Construction Comedy Series.
Comedian and winner of Last Comic Standing, ANT makes his comedy meaningful. In a humorous way that everyone can relate to, ANT will take the audience on a journey through his life of self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression and chemical dependency, as he tells his story of being bullied at school because he was different, i.e. gay, of immigrant parents, with funny lunches and peer pressure. But, he turned his depression into humor and shares his “Bullied, Bashed but Not Broken” show with teens and parents on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. ANT is part of the Reliance Merchant Services "Get Real" Series for Families & Teens as well as the Clark Construction Comedy Series. The Get Real Series for Families and Teens is underwritten by AllShows.com. The Ridgefield Playhouse is partnering with the Women’s Center of Danbury and the Ridgefield Prevention Council Family University to educate parents and teens in the greater Ridgefield area about how to ‘Get Real’. $1 from each ticket will be donated to True Colors, a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools and organizations to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are recognized and met. True Colors has been recognized for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues.
The Comedy Workshop Graduation Showcase on Sunday, April 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the finale to Christine O’Leary’s eight-week Stand Up Comedy Workshop. The 20 brave newborn comics will have the chance to perform the comedy sets they developed in the workshop. Coach Christine O'Leary is a full time award-winning professional comedienne/social worker, project manager, social media editor, and co-dependent social butterfly who wants everyone to be happy. According to Christine, comedy is a way to tell the truth, your turn next.