Comedy, Events, Improv Comedy

HOW WE FIRST MET 2017

Join us for our 8th annual performance!

HOW WE FIRST MET
An Improvised Celebration of Love created by Jill Bourque.

FRIDAY FEB 10TH 8PM
SATURDAY FEB 11TH 8PM
TUESDAY FEB 14TH 8PM

 

Embark on a side-splitting improvised journey through meeting, dating, and mating as selected couples tell their
“how we first met” stories. Our most advanced improvisers will recreate and hiliariously magnify those pivotal story moments to create funny and touching scenes. Every year the feedback is the same: “you made us fall in love all over again”.

What began as a one-time Valentine’s show in San Francisco in 2001 has played in dozens of cities in the
U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and Norway! Since its inception, the show has featured a wide range of couples, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, married 50 years, dating three weeks or anything in between…all sharing a kooky crazy thing we call Love!

Tickets $15ea/$25 couple

905-529-3000
info@staircase.org
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2831250

Comedy, Events, Front Pager, Theatre, Workshop

2 GREAT 1 MAN SHOWS THIS WEEK! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

MARATHON

A solo performance piece by

TJ DAWE

FRIDAY NOV 14TH – 8PM AND SATURDAY NOV 15TH – 8PM

TICKETS $20

905-529-3000

 

For 2 shows only, Vancouver Based Playwright extraordinaire,  TJ DAWE will be stopping by the Staircase to treat us to a performance of his newest Solo offering MARATHON.

TJ Dawe is one of those rare gems of a monologist…as a performer he is known as “a Fringe God” on the Canadian and International Fringe Festival scene… when not performing himself, his works are a mainstay of the circuit produced by multiple companies at a time in any given city. Even Hollywood has taken notice, TJ co-wrote ‘Toothpaste and Cigars’ which has just been made into the blockbuster ” The F Word” starring Daniel Radcliffe….

TJ is stopping by Hamilton to do 2 SHOWS ONLY!!!

Friday Nov 14 8pm and Saturday Nov 15 8pm….
he will also lead a CREATIVITY WORKSHOP on Sunday Nov 16th
Please contact me at 905-529-3000 to reserve a ticket for either show or to register for the workshop…honestly, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to catch TJ while he’s here

 

WORKSHOP:

DEVELOPING A CREATIVE PRACTICE

Sunday Nov 16 th, 10:00AM5.30pm

Cost: $100

Facilitated by Lindsay Robertson and TJ Dawe

Being creative is good for the soul. Ancient people knew this. Communities bonded as people sang together. Everyone danced. People told stories and painted and made music Nowadays, most of us are spectators instead of participants. To be creative is therapeutic and beneficial to the entire community.This one day workshop will focus on helping participants access their creative impulses, and develop a practice to regularly engage in some creative activity.To help participants better understand the inner forces that may be in their way, as well as the inner resources that can help them, they’ll be guided through an exploration of the three instincts – an aspect of the personality type system The Enneagram. Participants will leave with a practical, actionable, individual plan detailing how they can make a creative endeavour of their choice a regular part of their life. No knowledge of the Enneagram is required, nor do participants need to have any experience in the arts.TJ and Lindsay have studied the Enneagram for close to ten years, having presented at multiple conferences on the subject. They’ve taken workshops in San Francisco and New York, and will soon get their teacher certification from the Enneagram Institute.

 

STUPEFIED

A solo performance by Paul Hutcheson

THURS NOV 13TH 8PM

TICKETS $15

905-529-3000

Paul Hutcheson is one of the Staircase’s favourite performers having brought his one man shows The First time, On Second Thought, Homo and Whore coupled with Cameryn Moore, Paul’s Pride package and From The Prairies with Love….join us for the launch of his newest show STUPEFIED!

Paul Hutcheson discusses everything that stupefies him, including teaching teenagers, sex and all the unique relationships we foster in a lifetime.
“For those who like their men nervous and confessional (think David Sedaris rather than Woody Allen) get ready to propose.” X-tra West
“he demonstates a wonderful set of performing chops and comedic timing to die for.” -Calgary Herald

TICKETS $15 905-529-3000

 

Comedy, Events, Fund Raiser, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL

It’s that time of the year again! Join us for a fantastic night of Entertainment, Dancing and Food at our

7TH ANNUAL THE DEVIL’S BALL
FRI OCTOBER 31ST 9PM

the devils ball poster 2014FEATURING

Hosted by Stand-up Sensation Clifford Myers
Comedy Set with the Hilarious Gavin Stephens
Live music with PowerBuskers THE VAUDEVILLIAN
Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judge Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC)
and more entertainers to be announced

Freaky Fingerfoods
Fully Licensed
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your host, improv star Devlin Bishop

This year’s Fundraiser will go towards purchasing a surround sound system for the Hamilton Film Festival

Tickets $25 Available at the cafe counter (cash, debit or credit)
Wed 5-10
Thurs 5-10
Fri 5-12
Sat 12-12
or online through Brownpaper tickets

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/905550

COMEDIAN CLIFFORD MYERS

Clifford Myers is an award-winning comedian from Hamilton, Ontario. He has opened for Gerry Dee, Steven Wright, Craig Gass, Kyle Kinane, Sam Tripoli, and many more. He has been seen performing live at The Panasonic Theatre, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Great Hall at Hamilton Place, Sound Academy, Absolute Comedy, Yuk Yuks, Comedy Bar, etc, and festivals including NXNE, Evolve Festival, StreamFest, and the Brantford Comedy Festival. He has also been seen on television on MTV’s Losing It, iChannel’s No Kidding and The Inside Joke, and was featured at The Toronto International Film Festival for his work in the short film, The Adder’s Bite. Clifford is a regular guest on the Dean Blundell Podcast and hosts a weekly comedy show at Emerson Pub in Hamilton. Clifford lives in Hamilton with his wife Lindsay and his pug Hoggle.

GAVIN STEPHENS
In 1998, Gavin was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. From 2003 to 2007, Gavin was a writer and performer on 5 seasons of CTV’s Comedy Inc.. He has filmed two episodes of CTV’s Comedy Now! both in 2001 and in 2007. Gavin has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Quebec as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas.

THE VAUDEVILLIAN

Brendan J Stephens and Willow Walker are 1920’s blues singers in the flesh. Hitchhiking between raucous house shows, rowdy bars and busking everywhere in between, they have crafted a way of singing both their own material and songs near one hundred years old in a way entirely their own.

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

Improv Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGE JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

Jeff Mahoney is one of the Hamilton Spectator’s most beloved columnists. He’s witty, irreverant and just a down right great guy! What more can we say…the Staircase loves me some Jeff Mahoney!

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy

Santa Survivor 2013

Santa Survivor is an irreverent combination of Christmas commercialism and Survivor reality TV show. Watch elves fight for immunity trying to keep their place at Santa’s side in the North Pole. Only one Elf will join Santa on the slay behind all that venison on Christmas Eve.

Kris Kringle will be portrayed by the energetic ginger Matt Bandura. Watch the red bearded menace subject his diminutive workers to an onslaught of improv comedy games. With the audience’s help Mr. Kringle will determine who is the funniest Elf to accompany him on that night of Capitalistic splendour.

Tickets
$10 in advance, $15 at door.
info@staircase.org
905.529.3000

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Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL HALLOWEEN PARTY & FUNDRAISER! SAT OCT 26TH

DevilsBallThe 6th annual Staircase fundraiser The Devil’s Ball returns this year bigger and better.  Tickets are $25 available at The Staircase, by phone and soon online.


Live music with The High Note Ramblers

Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree

Hosted by stage actress extraordinaire Darla Biccum

Burlesque with Prairie Fire

Demonstrations by Allie Sommerville DanceFusion and Hula hoop with Jennifer Fleming

Comedy with Kristian Reimer
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judges Lisa Hepfner (CHCH) Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC).
50/50 Draw
Freaky Fingerfoods
Cash Bar
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your

                                                                                         host, improv star Devlin Bishop

                                                                              Fortune Telling booth with Madame Vulva et al.

LIVE MUSIC WITH THE HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS AS FEATURED AT SUPERCRAWL

HNR Staircase Oct 26 2013The HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS are a rave up alt-country Hamilton band, blending equal parts old soul country and rabble rousing rockabilly.  Pounding out a set of original tunes and ingenious covers, the Rambler’s wear their Americana roots well. The band’s infectious energy and femme fatale sass take you on a joyride to your swinging happy place where time stands still and everything’s alright in the world. Voted one of the top ten highlights at last year’s Supercrawl, they are not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR LOVELY HOST FOR THE EVENING DARLA BICCUM

Originally from Saskatchewan, by way of Toronto, Darla now calls Hamilton home. Darla is dynamic performer who has entertained across Canada on the fringe circuit in fishnets as well as on the small screen in Corner Gas and the hit web series inSAYSHAble.

DARLA

 

 

 

 

 

BURLESQUE WITH PRAIRIE FIRE and COMEDY WITH KRISTIAN REIMER….

A PREVIEW OF THEIR UPCOMING SHOW FROM THE PRAIRIES WITH LOVE

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Fresh from their their sold-out run at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival,

 From The Prairies With Love makes its Hamilton debut to save the world, one show at a time!  Fringe agents perform modern vaudeville with vintage charm: wild, weird and wonderful! Sexy and dangerously eccentric feats of circus, comedy, magic, and music! Shaken, not stirred. World-class acts in an intimate setting.

From The Prairies With Loveis a James Bond-inspired spoof cabaret, featuring veteran Fringe artists from across Canada, including Toronto’s Kristian Reimer (“Super funny!” – Edmonton Journal) and Paul Hutcheson(“Raw talent and personality!” – Edmonton Journal), Regina’s Sharon Nowlan(“Genius, really” – Charlebois Post), and visiting all the way from Seattle,Chris Bange (“Staggeringly impressive” – Charlebois Post). Complete with a local special guest every night! One Show only Sat Nov 2nd 8pm

 

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

1374336_10153339392190724_526498657_nImprov Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

 

 

 

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGES LISA HEPFNER (CHCH) AND JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

LisaHepfnerL210Lisa Hepfner’s own varied experiences could be the subject of a news story. After high school, Lisa spent a year living and studying in a small French town called Blaye. She later took a year off from undergraduate studies in Political Science and French at the University of Calgary to do volunteer work in Honduras.

She ended up in the capital, Tegucigalpa, with a grassroots women’s movement that was helping raise awareness about women’s rights, health, and violence. Inspired, Lisa developed a project to plant soybeans in the La Mosquitia jungle region to fight malnutrition. She spent months traveling up and down the Patuca River in a pipante (dugout canoe) visiting native villages and showing them various ways to prepare soybeans in meals that complemented the local diet.

Lisa then went to Ryerson University for a post-graduate degree in Journalism, and won her first media industry job as a summer intern at The Edmonton Journal, where she quickly developed a reputation for breaking important local stories and for getting her byline on the front page. After graduation, she was hired at the Hamilton Spectator. Her writing appeared all over the paper — from the entertainment section and the TV guide to the crime, politics and lifestyles pages.

After years of newspaper reporting, Lisa Hepfner was primed for the fast pace and variety of television journalism. She joined the CHCH News team in 2001, and still loves to dig up and tell compelling stories.

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Jeff Mahoney

 

 

 

 


Order your ticket online now with convenience and safety of PayPal.

Or call 905.529.3000

Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Events, Music, Theatre, Uncategorized

Fringe Emergency Venue Sun 21st of July

Due to Hamilton’s Category 1/2 hurricane on Friday The L yric Theatre is closed for the weekend. It’s not too hard to carry sets a block away to The Staircase? Is it? Today only The Staircase hosts 3 wonderful Fringe events.

Asylum 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Russel Niessen, Stephen Ingram, River Guard, Emma Greve
Cast: River Guard, Russel Niessen, Rachel Estok, Kit Simmons, Camille Intson
Jennifer Francis, Nora Fenton, Jaqueline Gruba, Radu Ciobor, David Gibble, Bart Ronde
Director: Russel Niessen

Show Type: Rock Music
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Strobes

Running Time: 55 Minutes

Asylum is a rock musical centering around the lives of patients and hospital staff in a 1940’s Asylum. Asylum contains historical facts about mental illness, electroconvulsive therapy, and patient treatment in that time period. Love, loss, friendships, power struggles, fear, and the importance of freedom are all examined in the lives of those within the Asylum in this fast paced, attention grabbing musical. $10 at 2pm.

 

Baby Redboots’ Revenge 3:40pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Philip-Dimitri Galas
Directors: Anne Meighan, Lynne Griffin
Cast: Sean Sullivan

Show Type: Avante-Vaudville
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Language

Running Time: 65 Minutes

Baby Redboots’ Revenge tells the darkly comic tale of a former child star whose voice changed belatedly at the age of 25. All grown up and all burnt out, Baby is now trapped playing stand-up bass in a polka band for all eternity. Determined to free himself from the curse of his old partner, he goes on a show-business iconoclastic joy-rage of fantastically monstrous proportions. $10 at 3:40pm.

 

DanceGarbage 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright & Director: Paul Gordon
Cast: Paul Gordon

Show Type: Comedy
Audience: General
Warning: Language

Running Time: 90 Minutes

For 16 years, Paul Gordon’s charismatic performances have been seen by an estimated 1.5 billion TV watchers worldwide.  Fade out, fade in: Paul is home working as a garbage man, cleaning up his flooded hometown.  Filled with surrealistic stories from vantage points most of us never get – the landfill and the world’s concert stages – DanceGarbage levels the playing field for all jobs while engaging Paul’s muscles, sweat and skill in this entertaining amalgam of the weird, fun and funny. $10 at 5pm.

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Theatre, Workshop

The Workshow Tuesday 8:30pm

The Workshow is Hamilton’s longest running theatre show! This weekly improv comedy event is part workshop, part show and all fun. Watch Hamilton’s top improvisers get put through their paces in a public display of how to learn improv comedy. Definitely the funniest class you will ever attend. The show starts at 8:30pm every Tuesday and takes place at The Staircase. General admission is pay what you think its worth, usu $4.Door Open at 8:20pm. Cash Only.

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy

Improv Jam Mon Dec 17th at 7pm

Looking for something a little naughty and nice, we’ve got a year end Christmas Improv Jam for you that will definitely put a shine on your jingle bells! Performers of all levels of improv are welcome to play and all are welcome to come watch for a night of comedy that will have even have the most die hard Scrooges laughing! All tickets are $ 5 and we recommend you reserve your tickets at 905 529-3000! As always accidental adult humour may occur so parents you have been warned!

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy

Santa Survivor Sat Dec 15th at 8pm

Santa Survivor is an improv comedy parody of the infamous Survivor reality TV series where Santa’s elves out wit, out play, and out laugh each other — North Pole style. Santa only has space on his sleigh for one elf, and each year this spot goes to the funniest elf at the North Pole. The rest of the elves are sent back to Santa’s Sweatshop.

Come on out to Santa Survivor and using tribes, challenges and immunity, you can help Santa pick the funniest elf. This show has been a Staircase seasonal comedy staple and is now in its 10th year. Hosted by the jolly guy himself, there will be plenty of laughs and prizes. This is not a Christmas show for children, as accidental adult content may occur. $10 info@staircase.org for reservations.

Comedy, Improv Comedy

Think Spots Held Over (Tuesdays 9pm)

Thinks Spots is an improv comedy show where the audience’s comedic psyche is probed using ink blots of their own design. Laugh along with, beside, or at Hamilton’s top improv comedians as they create comedy scenes on the spot based on audience suggestions inspired by Rorschach styled ink blots. Think Spots is a Staircase Improv Production presented by Two Toony Tuesdays the improv comedy case show.

Tuesdays 9pm  Held Over Until Nov 6th
$4 Admission (cash only)
Elaine May Theatre, 25 Dundurn St. North (beside The Staircase)