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, 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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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.

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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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On Second Thought Dec 9th and 10th at 8pm

SKYDIVING, KANGAROOS, TEACHING TEENAGERS, LAWNMOWING, SIBLINGS, PORN RENTERS, DEFECATION…AND ONE FULL GROWN MALE  or ON SECOND THOUGHT

A COMEDIC ONE PERSON SHOW

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY PAUL HUTCHESON

$15 cash only call  905-529-3000 for reservations! Paul’s fantastic shows sell out all over North America.

ON SECOND THOUGHT is an hour of high-energy comedy in which performer Paul Hutcheson takes audiences on an autobiographical journey of those moments in life in which he gave pause. Whether quickly realized or not there is always a constant stream of ‘second thoughts’ that make life interesting and often times hilarious. Jumping out of airplanes, teaching teenagers and renting porn to a varied are but a few of the ‘second thoughts’ Hutcheson showcases to great comedic effect.

ON SECOND THOUGHT ACCOLADES:

RUNNER UP: BEST COMEDY MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL 2008

WINNER: BEST SHOW, NEW YORK FRIGID FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: BEST SOLO SHOW, SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: SOLD-OUT AWARD, ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

 

“The performer’s name is Paul Hutcheson and his production of ‘On Second Thought’ was everything a one-man show should be.” -CBC Winnipeg

“Hutcheson tells humiliating stories that are both hilarious and heartfelt. Also, a world-class improviser…” -Calgary Herald

Paul Hutcheson has been a comedic performer for 9 years. His trilogy of one person shows, ‘The First Time’, ‘On Second Thought’ & ‘Third Time Lucky’ have toured to over 25 theatre festivals winning awards and playing to sold-out houses all over North America.


Announcement, Comedy, Music, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre

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.

Comedy, Drama, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVLIN MONOLOGUES- Good Boy Gone Bad

Devlin Bishop returns to the spotlight in a brand new one man extravaganza The Devlin Monologues!
The star and creator of The Devlin Show and current member of Staircase Improv is back swinging with a show that mixes classic storytelling, comedy and lots of pop culture references! “Good Boy Gone Bad” takes us on a journey through Devlin’s teen years and how he survived puberty, sex education and his dysfunctional family!
This show does contain adult humour and is not recommended for the weak of heart, the close minded or people who are easily offended by performers who constantly feel the need to put their names in the title of their shows!

TICKETS $10

RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 905-529-3000

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NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH @ THE STAIRCASE…TICKETS GOING FAST!

Hello Staircase Supporters and NYE Fence sitters!

Tickets are now available and rapidly selling out for Our New Year’s Eve Bash, Dec 31st 9pm-1am.  Music and Dancing with DJ Dupree…Comedy, Burlesque, Finger Foods, Midnight Champagne Toast and More!!!…..for a measly $25!!

Order your tickets now as we are 75% sold out and at this rate it may not be possible to get at door sales 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org

PERFORMANCES BY:

DJ DUPREE (LAURA)

DJ Dupree is a born and raised music freak.  She began DJing in part, to justify her dizzying collection of music, but mostly to create one of a kind soundtracks to events and parties.  The majority of her sets are improvised, using a wide variety of music across many genres and time periods.  Every occasion has a unique experience!   DJ Dupree was also the co-founder of Steeltown Sirens Burlesque, performing as Jezebel Dupree throughout the ensemble’s dynasty of cheek and sass.

PAUL HUTCHESON  (ONE MAN EXTRAORDINAIRE)

Charming. Effervescent. Gracious. Punctual. Superlatives like these have been applied to many people, and Paul Hutcheson is no exception. His ribald take on modern living, tempered by a boyish glee makes for a performance you’ll want to take home with you and stuff under your pillow. Paul’s been performing solo for seven years with his shows “The First Time”, “On Second Thought. “Third Times A Charm” “comparable to Jim Carey, only not obnoxious.”CBC Winnipeg ***** Uptown Magazine “If David Sedaris wrote a fringe play, this would be it.” Monday MagazineAWARDS:
Best Male Solo Show, SanFrancisco Fringe Festival
Fringe Fabulous Faggy Award: Orlando Fringe Festival

SHARON NOWLAN (BURLESQUE)

Sharon Nowlan has appeared on stage with the Regina Lyric Light Opera and the Souris Valley Theatre. She toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre circuit in 2006 and 2007 in the smash hit Caberlesque! 2007 with The Medicine Show as both a performer and co-creator, 2008 her first solo show, The Follies, 2009 Burlesque Unzipped and 2010 The Canuck Cabaret *****“The verdict is in:  Burlesque Unzipped is hot AND educational!”-The Hour, Montreal  ****  Star Phoenix

COLETTE KENDALL (EMCEE)

‘A one-woman, tour de forced-entry, Colette Kendall is not a woman to be trifled with. Her tongue is sharper than a vodka high colonic’ Xtra Magazine  This multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominated performer has toured the last 5 years across Canada  with her one woman shows, Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour, Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? and The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story.   Colette received a career highlight when she performed alongside Cindy Williams and Joyce DeWitt, in The Vagina Monologues for a sold out run at Stage West. She has appeared in several festival featured films including the 2009 Sundance Film Festival  as well as the  HBO/Julia Roberts produced Feature Film, Kit Kittredge starring Abigail Breslin,

BEN  WILSON (STAND UP)

Brainy, bright, brilliant, clever, intelligent, sharp, smart and quick witted are just a few words Ben has looked up in his Thesaurus. This accomplished stand up comedian has also received formal training with The Second City and The Staircase Theatre for improvisation. He can dance too. Although his Dyslexia makes it difficult to dance the YMCA. Ben’s humour has been heard throughout North America and soon to be the rest of the World, Earth, Globe… Planet.

CLIFFORD MYERS (STAND UP)

“Frenetic and uncontrolled, Clifford Myers dissects the audience one laugh at a time with a wide variety of topics ranging from  what he had for breakfast to what he had for lunch. Don’t worry, you’ll love him. Now give us your money.”

SHANNON BELL (STAND UP)

Sex, pornography, spousal abuse and gay issues are a few of the taboo subjects Shannon comments on in her act.  An edgy act, it is clear that Shannon’s subject matter and content is for a mature audiences.

BILL DAVERN (STAND UP)

Bill Davern is one of the most talented and hilarious comic voice/impressionists on the North American comedy circuit today.  His off-beat humour and bang on celebrity impressions of Johnny Carson, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Neil Diamond among many others will have you howling with laughter.

ANNIE SHAW (SINGER SONGWRITER)