Tag Archives: comedy

Improv or Stand Up…You Choose

You know what I don’t do nearly enough?  Go to comedy shows.

Every few years a few of us get together and make plans to take in a show….and then, inevitably I find myself wondering, “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Who doesn’t need a good, honest, unbridled laugh every so often?

Last week I did just that.  I laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

Somehow, a year has gone by since my friends opened Laugh Boston and, on the club’s 1st anniversary, it was finally time to cross it off this year’s bucket list. I am so glad that I did! The comedians were, well, hysterical and the club itself is, dare I say, the perfect combination of industrial yet cozy.  Its fantastic location within the Westin Waterfront in Boston’s Seaport district doesn’t hurt either.  Nor does its full bar and “light fare” menu.

Laugh Boston is, as they say, “the stand-up brother to the Improv Asylum, Boston’s improv & sketch comedy theater located in the North End.”

If you haven’t been there either….you are totally missing out. In contrast to Stand Up comedy, the Improv Asylum features incredibly quick-witted improvisation and sketch comedy.  Which, in my humble opinion, takes a true artist to pull off.  They can boast to over 10,000 shows since its opening in 1998.

So, dinner and drinks in the North End and then a riot of an evening at the club. Or, a trip to the Seaport District, tons of laughs at the stand up club, and maybe even a quick overnight stay at the Westin? With summer coming to an end, that’s two good excuses to get over not only the A. Piatt Andrew, but also, the Tobin Bridges!

Laugh Boston

Improv Asylum 

Dirty Folk Rocker Jessica Delfino in Gloucester on Wednesday!

Click to learn more about Jessica Delfino.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 @ 8:00PM (DOORS 7:30PM)

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN STREET
(ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN RECORDS)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

“Jessica Delfino has one of the funniest bits I’ve ever heard…smart, socially aware comedy.” -The Huffington Post

“A stirring show of ribald folk songs. There’s more to this seriously talented comic songwriter than jokes…a tough show to top” — London METRO

“We were immediately stuck to our seats stunned and smiling as Jessica Delfino engaged us in tune after tune…She is funny. And smart.” — Thurston Moore & Byron Coley, Arthur Magazine

Glitters, sprinkles, rainbow fluff: A) the first few words of a kids’ song? Or, B) the opening line of an edgy, electro-pop number which got Jessica publicly denounced by the US Catholic League, sealed her first record deal and sent her on a UK tour where she had sold out shows? That would be “B”.

Introducing Jessica Delfino. Originally hailing from Damariscotta, Maine, Jessica now calls New York City her home, but she spends a good amount of her time on the road these days, sharing her “dirty folk rock” with anyone who will listen. And it turns out there are actually plenty of people who are ready to hear Jessica’s often comedic, sometimes naughty ballads, anthems and musical numbers.

Much of the award-winning songstress’s repertoire addresses the darker side of life, as in her song, “I Hate Everybody”, or deconstructs sex acts posing as anti-war campfire songs, as in her song, “No More War”. In some songs, she keeps it clean, discussing unicorns and the like. Her bevy of unusual instruments include the normal enough guitar, but then she adds to that an “emergency whistle”, a “q-chord”, and a “flying V ukulele”, and you’ve got “fun for the whole family,” Jessica explains, “except for the kids.”

Jessica recently performed at the world famous Reading & Leeds Festival in England where Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain famously rolled himself out onto the stage in a wheel chair some years ago. Jessica’s work has appeared on TV, radio and she was just this week touted as one of “NYC’s 50 most stylish people” in a photo spread in Time Out NY. Oh, and she is something of an internet celebrity. If you don’t believe it, she suggests you just “google her and see what comes up.”

TICKETS $10.00


Movie – “In The Loop”

Playing Sept. 11-17 at Cape Ann Community Cinema

Playing Sept. 11-17 at Cape Ann Community Cinema

PLAYING AT:
CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 MAIN STREET – 2ND FLOOR (ABOVE MYSTERY TRAIN RECORDS)
GLOUCESTER, MA 01930
(978) 282-1988

SHOW TIMES:

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11 @ 7:30PM
SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 @ 5:00PM & 7:30PM
SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 @ 5:00PM & 7:30PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16 @ 5:00PM
THURSDAY, SEPT. 17 @ 5:00PM

In The Loop is a smart comedy that is drawing instant comparisons to some of the great political and absurdist comedies such as Doctor Strangelove, Wag The Dog and Thank You For Smoking by way of the legendary troupe Monty Python. With razor-sharp, truly laugh-out-loud dialogue the film pokes fun at the absurdity and ineptitude of our highest leaders. With everyone looking out for number one, and the fate of the free world at stake (but apparently incidental), the hilarious ensemble cast of characters bumbles its way through Machiavellian political dealings, across continents, and toward comic resolutions that are unforeseeable.

“A venomous and incisive cinema exposé and it builds a relentless head of comic steam that never subsides.” -Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine

“The savage comedy of ‘In The Loop’ is enough to justify hailing it as a triumph.” -Allan Hunter, Daily Express

Movie – “Rachel Getting Married”

Click poster for more info.

Click poster for more info.

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main Street
East Gloucester
978/282-1988

Friday 3/6 @ 5pm & 7:15pm
Saturday 3/7 @ 5pm & 7:15pm
Sunday 3/8 @ 5pm & 7:15pm

When Kym (Anne Hathaway) returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel, she brings a long history of personal crisis and family conflict along with her. The wedding party’s abundant cast of friends and relations have gathered for an idyllic weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym—with her black-comic one-liners and knack for bombshell drama—is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. Filled with the rich and eclectic characters that have always been a hallmark of Jonathan Demme’s films, Rachel Getting Married paints a strikingly perceptive and sometimes hilarious family portrait.

“A triumph — Demme’s finest work since ‘The Silence Of The Lambs,’ and a movie that tingles with life.” -Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“’Rachel Getting Married’ is a masterpiece.” -David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Academy Award Nominee, Best Actress, Anne Hathaway

Movie – “Outsourced”

Click poster for a trailer.

Click poster for a trailer.

OUTSOURCED
Wednesday 3/4 @ 7:15pm
Thursday 3/5 @ 7:15pm
Cape Ann Community Cinema
(at Gloucester Stage)
267 East Main Street * East Gloucester * 978/282-1988

“Outsourced” is a modern day comedy of cross-cultural conflict and romance. Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton) spends his days managing a customer call center in Seattle until his job, along with those of the entire office, are outsourced to India. Adding insult to injury, Todd must travel to India to train his new replacement. As he navigates through the chaos of Bombay and an office paralyzed by constant cultural misunderstandings, Todd yearns to return to the comforts of home. But it is through his team of quirky yet likable Indian call center workers, including his friendly and motivated replacement, Puro (Asif Basra), and the charming, opinionated Asha (Ayesha Dharker), that Todd realizes that he too has a lot to learn – not only about India and America, but about himself. He soon discovers that being outsourced may be the best thing that ever happened to him.

“…a film bursting with affection for its characters and for India. It never pushes things too far, never stoops to cheap plotting, is about people learning to really see one another. It has a fundamental sweetness and innocence…And in a time when the word ‘chemistry’ is lightly bandied about, what they generate is the real thing.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Movie – “Military Intelligence And You!”

Click poster to visit cinema website.MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AND YOU!
The Cape Ann Community Cinema
267 East Main St. * East Gloucester * 978/282-1988
Sat. & Sun. Feb. 14 & 15 @ 5:00pm

What is the greatest weapon in our war against evil? Not guns or bombs, but intelligence. Finally, a training film that dramatizes the importance of knowing what we’re attacking…before we attack it.

“Military Intelligence and You!” is a hilarious mash-up of scenes from vintage U.S. Army productions and newly shot scenes (think “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”). Join Major Nick Reed and the crack…make that cracked…team at Central Command as they search for a hidden Nazi base. Stars Patrick Muldoon, Mackenzie Astin, Elizabeth Bennet, John Rixey Moore and Eric Jungmann are joined in their quest are Alan Ladd, William Holden, Arthur Kennedy, and a surprise appearance by Ronald Reagan!

“…two movies for the price of one. It’s both a loving spoof of World War II films and a pointed satire on America’s involvement in Iraq.” -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times