BY JOYCELYN FISH
The 14th season of Racine Theatre Guild’s Comedy Tonight series opens with the premier of a new one-man show, Pat Hazell’s Permanent Record on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. Back for more laughs, the series will feature national and local for the audience to enjoy all season long.
From the creator of The Wonder Bread Years, A Kodachrome Christmas, and The Good Humor Men comes a one-man show that reveals evidence of a misspent youth. Back in the day, a permanent record held all the secrets that could dramatically impact your future. Now with Facebook, social media and the advent of fake news, no one seems to care about the truth or what people have done.
“Seinfeld” writer, Pat Hazell exposes his own sordid past in this confessional night of comedy. From his early addiction to card tricks (up to 3 packs a day), to his recent divorcee living happily ever after, Pat opens the vault to all his faults. He may not be able to get another job but he has successfully widened memory lane into a four lane highway moving at 75 miles an hour. A modern history lesson of humanity and hilarity. If you can’t laugh at yourself, why not laugh at him?
Sponsored by Tri City National Bank, season tickets are $56 for adults, $50 for seniors (62+), and $40 for students (21 & under). Individual tickets are also available at $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $13 for students.
Tickets can be purchased from the Racine Theatre Guild located at 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. Call (262) 633-4218, visit racinetheatre.org, or stop by the box office weekdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance for tickets.
Other performances in Comedy Tonight’s 2018 – 2019 season include:
Tony Deyo – Comedy Road Trip
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.
Tony Deyo is a stand-up comedian known most notably for his sharp, quick material and near-perfect comedic timing almost certainly gained from his years as a professional symphony musician. In 2013, he made his late night television debut on “CONAN.” Within a year, he had added appearances on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” and “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen. His latest album, “Comedy Road Trip,” landed on the “Billboard Magazine” comedy chart, and debuted as the #1 selling stand-up album on iTunes.
Andy Hendrickson – Underachiever
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
Seventeen year comedy veteran Andy Hendrickson has made TV appearances on “David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and “Last Comic Standing.” He has a conversational delivery that draws on real life experiences based on family, work, and relationships. A gifted storyteller, Andy shares hilarious anecdotes about life growing up as the one black sheep in a family, with two Navy Seals and three Ivy League graduates. “Hey Andy, why are you’re so pale?” “Just my brother’s shadow my whole life.”
Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
ComedySportz isn’t about sports, it’s comedy played as a sport! It is an all improvisation, all suggestion-based comedy show for all ages. Two teams of “actletes” get suggestions from the audience, create scenes onstage, and compete for your laughs. You decide what each scene is about, you decide who you think is funnier, and you decide who wins. A referee keeps things moving and calls fouls if an actlete steps beyond the boundaries of good taste. Seven to twelve games are played during a match, drawn from a repertoire of over a hundred improv games. No two shows are ever alike.
Joycelyn Fish is the director of marketing and development for the Racine Theatre Guild.