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

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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, 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

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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, Dance, Events, Music, Stand Up Comedy

NYE BASH!!!

NYE_2012_webThe Staircase is having it’s New Years Eve Bash again this year. Monday December 31st is the date. From 9pm to 1am. $35 per person and a $30 early bird admission if you purchase before December 25th. This is year has a collection of spectacular entertainment, snacks and New Year Eve Bash. Back by popular demand is our tune dealing songstress dj Dupree filling the space with dancibles from every music genre. Vocal songsplosions from the amazing Annie Shaw and lovely Lyla Miklos. Nothing like ending the year with a laugh brought to you in the form of the universally loved stand up comedy of Cliff Myers. Singers and comedians are not enough talent for you at The Staircase’s New Year’s Eve Bash dancing this year will be our resident Tahitian dance specialist Alex H.

That is just the live talent at this year’s bash. As always Colette will supply a scrumptious and opulent supply of elegant finger foods. The staples of every year end are standard options at The Staircase when you drive off the lot of into 2013: Auld Lang Syne, Balloon Drop, Champagne toast, Video countdown, party favours, dancing, and our unique quiet zone theatre for chatting with friends and family.

To get your tickets for NYE BASH 2012 contact Colette at 905.529.3000 or email info@staircase.org

Cash only. Not a kid event. Ask Colette about what we can do to help entertain older kids.

Announcement, Comedy, Fine Art, Improv Comedy, Music, Theatre

improv comedy show starts Sun-8-Jan at 8pm

Brand New Stage!

improv comedy show is a comedy show that is improvised. The improv comedy show is more improvised than any other show you will ever see. Not only will all the scenes be improvised but so will the format. At the beginning of each show the audience will be able to choose the style of show they wish to see. Will it be a game laden high speed romp like Who’s Line Is It Anyways without any editing? Will it be an evening of quietly crafted scenes based on high brow audience suggestions? Some formats will be limited by resources, but the suggestions for style certainly will not be. improv comedy show is the Build-A-Bear of comedy theatre. It is not called Build-A-Bear theatre for legal reasons.

improv comedy show runs from Sun-8-January to Sun-29-April-2012.

We will be located in Hamilton’s newest Improv Comedy Theatre at 25 Dundurn St. North (Staircase South). Park in any of the three Staircase parking lots. Call 905.529.3000 for more information.

Shows start at 8pm and last approximately 70 minutes (starting January 8th).

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THE STAIRCASE NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH

Last year SOLD OUT quickly so don’t delay in reserving your tickets..and you get a price break too prior to Dec 25!

Join us for a night of Dancing with DJ Dupree, Party favors/grab bag, Fingerfood, Balloon drop and Champagne toast at midnight, Entertainment featuring:

Songstress Annie Shaw

Burlesque with Jezebel Dupree

Poi artist A. J. Haygath

and the worlds greatest looist Dave Gould

…more acts to be announced shortly.

Dec 31st 9pm-1am
Tickets $30 in advance of Dec 25
905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org
$35 at the door
CASH ONLY

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The Specials! 23,24 Nov at 8pm

Back by popular demand, The SPECIALS return with their hilarious original musical comedy, 9/11/11

Starring: Sandra Battaglini, Precious Chong, Phil Luzi, and Christopher Sawchyn.
Director: Melissa D’Agostino
Musical Director: Scott Christian
Technical Director: David Guerra

DON’T MISS IT!
Come celebrate American Thanksgiving with us!

It’ll be a schpladoozie!

2 GREAT SHOWS!
* Wednesday November 23rd, 8pm
* Thursday November 24th, 8pm

$20
($10 for students with student card)

Tickets available by calling 905-529-3000, at the door or at www.staircase.org

SEE GARY SMITH’S COLUMN IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR RE THE SPECIALS!

http://www.thespec.com/whatson/artsentertainment/article/628247–pushing-buttons-comedic-and-social

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Zombie Walk Comes to End at Staircase

It’s time! It’s time! Dust off the old funeral tux and shake out the burial shroud. It’s time to get gorgeous and gory for the 5th Annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive (presented by Horror in the Hammer). October 29th @ Gore Park (starting at 2pm).  Join the Hamilton Horde for another year of Halloween horror and help us take a bite out of hunger by bringing a donation of nonperishable food items to Gore Park. All donations will go to support local food bank. Don’t forget to donate some food before you take to the town in search of brains!  WALK ROUTE: Zombies will depart Gore Park around 2pm, shambling North on James St N, down York, and then to Dundurn Castle. FRIGHT NIGHT THEATER: After the walk, come back to The Staircase (27 Dundurn Street North L8R 3C9) for Fright Night Theater and your chance to win zombie prizes.  Admission: $5 zombies, $10 humans. Discounted rate for children. Includes admission to movie. Prize tickets sold separately at The Staircase.

Shamble on over the the Facebooks to follow ’em.

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Devil’s Ball Costume Party and Fundraiser Oct 29th

4th Annual Fundraiser Costume Party in Support of the Staircase Theatre. Well, guys and ghouls, its that spooky time of the year again where we gather at the theater for fiendish fundraising fun. Last year our event helped fund new speakers for our facility and this year we are aiming to provide new lights for the mainstage theatre. Tickets are $13 or 2/$20 cash only. Call 905-529-3000 for a reservation  Your admission gets you: Live Music, Sexy Dancing, Comedy, A prize laden Costume Contest, 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, spooky Delicious Snacks and a Cash Bar. Also catch a uper sneak peak of a BRAND NEW feature length horror film (by a very talented Hamilton-based film company) screening through out the night in our theatre space! Our previous years Devil’s Ball Fundraisers were amazingly spooky party-times, and this year will be bigger and better. All proceeds go directly to The Staircase Theatre to support our much beloved venue and its programmes. Check it out on the Facebooks.

 

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Music

Musical Improv Comedy Night Sat Oct 8th One Show Only

Hamilton.

You may know it by a few different names (Steel City, The Hammer, H-Town, Toronto-light), but they all stand for one city: a city about to get it’s face melted with some seriously funny musical Improv comedy.

With a killer cast of performers made up of celebrated comedy legends and newer upstarts alike, AND with an incredible live band on hand, Musical Improv Comedy Night in Hamilton (who needs a fancy name when you… can just tell it like it is) is the biggest night of comedy to hit the Hamilton scene since the Pan Am Games stadium debacle (that was kind of comedic, right?). In other words, it’s something you won’t want to miss out on.

So if you like laughing, and if you like great live music, and if you like laughing while enjoying great live music, please grab your friends, your family (14+) and your significant others and make your way to this show on Saturday, October 8th.

You will love it.

Starring (In alphabetical order):

Lauren Ash
Mark Bond (On the piano)
Ashley Botting
Kevin Frank (On the drums)
Chris Leveille
Jordan Markowski
&
Kevin Vidal

Stage Manager:

Andrew Haggith

Where: The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn Street North)
When: Saturday, October 8th at 8pm
Tickets: $12