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)

 

 

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EGG ZEPPELIN RETURNS…SAT SEPT 29 8PM

EGG ZEPPELIN-Improvised Music, Bacon and Comedy Show!

Egg Zeppelin returns to Hamilton’s Staircase Theatre on Saturday, September 29th for more MUSIC, BACON and COMEDY! With special guests:

Host Laurie Elliot (Just For Laughs, Red Green Show, Jon Dore Show), guest comedian Dan Galea and musical guest Dr. Ew!

Saturday, Sept 29 @ 8pm

Staircase Theatre – 27 Dundurn Avenue
Tix: $15/$12 student
Available at the venue

SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST DR. EW
Dr. Ew is the new musical persona of Drew Smith, regular guest of Toronto pop bands The Elwins and former frontman of The Bicycles. The “dark pop” of Dr Ew’s debut record ‘Gadzooks’ has an ambitious, orchestral aura about it… comparisons to Brian Wilson and Elliot Smith have been made. His endearing, gentle cheeriness will win you over. A performer not to be missed!
http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Doctor-Ew

ABOUT EGG ZEPPELIN
Egg Zeppelin is a 2-person, long-form improvisational comedy show. From audience suggestions, the Canadian-Comedy Award nominated comedy duo of Kris Siddiqi (Second City) and Marcel St. Pierre (Bad Dog Theatre Company) create a spontaneous hour in the lives of Dude and Man, the owner-operators of a dilapidated greasy spoon in a non-specific, small town halfway between ‘here’ and ‘there’. Every installment features a special musical guest and BACON cooked live on stage! IT’S A COMPLETELY MADE UP SITCOM/TALK/VARIETY SHOW, EVERY TIME!
info@eggzeppelin.com | Follow  Egg Zeppelin on facebook or online: www.eggzeppelin.com

Date : Saturday, 29 September 2012       From : 8

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Improv Workshop, Theatre

Two Tooney Tuesdays — An Improv Comedy Case Show

Hamilton’s shock troopers of improvisational theatre are at it again with a whole new improv comedy show on Tuesday nights. Staircase Improv presents Two Tooney Tuesdays. The Improv Comedy Case Show covers the whole gambit of improv comedy styles, with the essential common thread of making you laugh. Every Tuesday night at 9pm this band of intrepid improv actors will create scenes of the audience’s choosing and direction. Experimental, yes. Professional, yes. Funny, yes. Four bucks. YES!

Two Tooney Tuesdays — An Improv Comedy Case Show
Tuesdays at 9pm
$4 suggested admission, pay what you think its worth
Elaine Mae Theatre
25 Dundurn St. North (beside The Staircase)
staircaseimprov.com
staircase.org

Contact: Hugh mobilehugh@gmail.com (e), 905.923.3042 (c)

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The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter Friday July 13 8pm…last show of the season!

***** The Link-Concordia “Eminently delightful star” The Visitorium

**** “Glowing, radiant personality…give this one a look” The Charlebois-Montreal

“Yana Kesala is a force to be reckoned with…
See this performance for Kesala’s phenomenal acting chops.” The Victoria Times Colonist

“Powered by Kesala’s charisma and grand onstage presence…
Heartwarming and absolutely charming, this show is simply wonderful” Bloodyunderrated.net

“Exuberant performance” Culture Vulture Victoria

SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD
MONTREAL 2012
RUNNER-UP

Yana Kesala brings her solo show to Hamilton for one night only!

The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter is a true tale of immigration, anticipation, and love.

From wedding day to first grade and back again, the Dentist’s Daughter transcends time to unfurl a life journey of Ukrainian heritage and American spirit. Based on 64 pages of personal interviews, The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter is inspired by actual family events.

Tickets $15 at the door.

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BLACK BOX FIRE presents THE EMERGING ARTIST SERIES

The Black Box Fire Emerging Artists Series is a new opportunity for the Hamilton Arts Community to showcase their creative efforts. One of our central principles is to foster cooperative development among artists in our community In that spirit, we are very excited to work in collaboration with other groups to produce this series each summer.

WEEK ONE – June 21-23, 2012

BRIDEZILLA VS. THE APOCALYPSE

Written by: Aaron Middlemiss
Directed by: Steff Bishop-Lampman

“Come Hell, or high water, this wedding is going to happen!”

PERFORMANCES
Thursday June 21 @ 7:30pm
Friday June 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday June 23 @ 2pm
Saturday June 23 @ 7:30pm

SYNOPSIS:
When the end of the world comes at the hands of the walking dead, who are you going to call? No! Not those guys! You call the Replacement Wedding Planner!
When Olivia gets a call from her boss, Ivan, to take charge of a wedding at the last minute, little does she realize that she will not just have to put up with the shennanigans of the worst bride to be in history, she’ll also have to contend with a horde of zombies, hell bent on ruining her very first wedding! And, did we mention Olivia slept with the groom? Oh yeah, she’s got to juggle that too. And did we mention the zombies? Yeah, we did! Come hell or high water, zombies or over bearing parents and drunken best-men, Olivia’s going to have to call upon all her ass-kickery, haute couture skills to make sure this wedding goes off without a hitch!

TICKET INFORMATION
SINGLE TICKETS— $10/person (CASH ONLY)
SERIES PASS—- $25/person (Great value to see all THREE shows in the EAS!)

RESERVATIONS (Highly Recommended)
EMAIL: easreservations@gmail.com

 

WEEK TWO – June 28-30, 2012

FAST FOOD LOVE: THE MUSICAL

Written and Directed by: Carly Popenko
Music by: Mercedes Moffatt
Lyrics by: Carly Popenko

PERFORMANCES
Thursday June 28 @ 7:30pm
Friday June 29 @ 7:30pm
NO MATINEE
Saturday June 30 @ 7:30pm

SYNOPSIS:
The plot centers around Steve, the videogame-obsessed manager of the fast food restaurant, Chicken’s Hit Wings. Upon receiving news that his star employee, Chuck, has decided to quit without notice, Steve is forced to hire Candice, an attractive combo-savvy customer, on the spot to fill his place. When Steve thinks that he finally has everything under control, he learns that head office will be shutting down his Chicken’s Hit Wings location in order to build a more profitable fast food chicken establishment (JFC) down the road. Throughout the summer, Steve tries to keep the restaurant afloat, but will Chicken’s Hit Wings survive the wrath of corporate greed and domination?

TICKET INFORMATION
SINGLE TICKETS— $10/person (CASH ONLY)
SERIES PASS—- $25/person (Great value to see all THREE shows in the EAS!)

RESERVATIONS (Highly Recommended)
EMAIL: easreservations@gmail.com

Week Three – July 5-7, 2012

WASP’S NEST
Written & Directed by Michael Kras

Please Be Advised: This production contains strong coarse language. Not recommended for anyone 14 years old and under.

PERFORMANCES
Thursday July 5 @ 7:30pm
Friday July 6 @ 7:30pm
Saturday July 7 @ 2pm
Saturday July 7 @ 7:30pm

SYNOPSIS:
This darkly funny crime drama, in the vein of storytellers like Tarantino and Mamet, tells the story of liars and losers in the fight to win. When Wade Morrison steals from a covert group, members in the group take action in a life-or-death battle to the end. If they fail, they lose all reason to exist.

TICKET INFORMATION

SINGLE TICKETS— $10/person (CASH ONLY)
SERIES PASS—- $25/person (Great value to see all THREE shows in the EAS!)

RESERVATIONS (Highly Recommended)
EMAIL: easreservations@gmail.com

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THE STAIRCASE IS ROCKING OUT THE COMEDY THIS WEEKEND

We’ve got you covered this weekend if you’re into laughing, check it!

The Staircase is pleased to be taking part in the first Hamilton International

Comedy Festival and is featuring the following events as part of that line up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SMOOTH CRIMINALS Friday June 8 8:30p
“June 8th at The Staircase will not be your regular night of comedy and music.
With a sizzling lineup of some immensely talented Canadian improvisers,
The Smooth Criminals is a show that serves up equal parts hilarity and delight.
Prepare to laugh, to sing, to enjoy a terrifically fun night out and, most
importantly, to shout out suggestions to the performers and perhaps
even come up on stage! With your help, this show will promise you a night of
fun and absurdity that you won’t soon forget”
TICKETS $10
EGG ZEPPELIN…RETURNS TO THE STAIRCASE BY DEMAND!
SATURDAY JUNE9 (8PM)
THE IMPROVISED BACON, MUSIC AND COMEDY  SHOW
It’s a completely made up sitcom/variety show every time!  “Like a well-balanced
breakfast, Egg Zeppelin is equal parts improv, slacker humour and fan-boy
obsessive, set ata greasy spoon where the only licks on order
are Jimmy Page’s.”
– Globe and Mail
STAND UP @ THE STAIRCASE 9:20P
$5 at the door
Every Sunday the Staircase Theatre presents STAND UP AT THE STAIRCASE!
A new weekly comedy show feature two new comics every week showcasing
some of Canada’s most talented standup comedians.

Hosted by comedian Clifford Myers.

www.hamiltoninternationalcomedyfestival.com
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DIANNE AND ME SAT MAY 26 8PM

The Staircase (Hamilton, ON)
May 26th, 2012 @ 8pm
www.staircase.org
Call 905-529-3000

Emma is an intuitive teenager with a wild imagination, who has life all figured out until something goes wrong and she is forced to rely on the one person she never thought she would: her mother. A moving portrait of mothers, daughters, and the sacrifices they make. Winner of the 2009 Canadian National Playwrighting Award and starring award-winning actress, Elena Juatco, this powerful solo show was “A Must See” at the 2011 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

“One of the best examples of a solid performance and story … I see something in this production that is not bound to the stage. It is performed by someone who is bound for great things and, I think, deserves it. See it.”– Shane Birley, Plank Magazine.

More info at www.dianneandme.blogspot.com

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THE DEVLIN MONOLOGUES presents THE FRUIT OF THEIR LOINS FRIDAY MAY 25 8PM

The Devlin Monologues: The Fruit Of Their Loins
Hamilton’s Best Kept Secret is back!
Devlin Bishop returns to the Staircase stage on Friday May 25 2012 with a brand new comedy show that mixes stand up, improvisation and good old fashioned storytelling! The Devlin Monologues: The Fruit Of Their Loins deals with a topic which we can all relate to, Our Parents! Devlin pays loving tribute to his dad and mom Stanley and Inge Bishop with a hilarious evening of stories recalling his upbringing, their dysfunctional child raising techniques and personal triumphs and tragedies throughout their lives! It will make you laugh and maybe even touch your heart!
Devlin Bishop has been part of the Hamilton comedy scene for over a decade now as a performer and teacher of Staircase Improv. He starred and produced the very popular Devlin Show and has been featured in many Staircase productions including How We First Met, Santa Survivor, Psychobabble, Crazy Eights and many more! Last year he debuted his first Devlin Monologues show and he brought the house down and now he’s back to follow it up with the second installment.
You don’t want to miss this show, it’s a one night event that shouldn’t be missed. The show does feature adult content so it is not recommended for the very young. Find out what everybody is talking about and come see Devlin take on a very personal topic with a warm sense of humour, lots of pop culture references, and candid and emotional moments that may take you back to your own past!
Friday May 25 2012
8pm
Tickets $ 10
Reservations recommended

Call 905 – 529-3000