Second City and Steven Wright in Durham
Live performances at the Carolina Theatre are supported in part by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the A.J. Fletcher Performing Arts Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation.
This year, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, in partnership with The Carolina Theater, is thrilled to present Steven Wright and The Second City Touring Company.
Steven Wright began his career at the age of 23 and has been working ever since. Labelled a “prototype” - his work and path to success have been followed by many fledgling comedians in the years following. His past credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and a rare two week consecutive appearances on The Tonight Show with then host Johnny Carson.
The name ‘Second City’ is synonymous with comedy. Originating in Old Town Chicago - The Second City was the first ever ongoing improv theater in the United States. Over the last 50 years it has become an iconic place of study- expanding into The Second City Training Center, and can be found in the history of countless celebrities and comedians in pop culture today. Seeing a Second City stage show offers a combination of the best improvisation and sketch comedy writing on any continent.
Both of these shows are steeped in comedy history- carrying forward a certain comedy heritage. It’s only fitting that they play The Carolina Theater- a vintage building, preserved itself (and recently remodeled) as it moves forward for future generations to enjoy.
Fletcher Hall is the main stage of the Carolina, seating 1,014 with two balconies. This grand stage hosts distinguished speakers, dance, music of all varieties, and most importantly to us - comedy.
Motorco and Durham get Dirty
Nestled between the Central Park district, and the restaurants and bars of downtown Durham you will find Motorco Music Hall. Right across from the Fullsteam Brewery and within walking distance of the Durham farmer’s market, Motorco manages to encompass the many things that make Durham so unique — a hip, fresh, family environment that still has edge.
In 2012 DSI Comedy Theater made a big move in its bid to bring comedy to the masses by producing improv and standup at Motorco. Performing regularly on Wednesday nights, DSI has primarily made use of “the Garage”.
For the NCCAF however, the larger of the two stages “the Showroom” will play host to some of the most talented comics North Carolina has to offer. There are tshirts that proudly boast, “Durham, it’s not for everyone.”
But personally- if you like to laugh, if you enjoy an exceptionally cool downtown, a wide variety of microbrews, and the edible glory that comes from a food truck- I feel safe guaranteeing that Motorco is a great place for you to catch some comedy.
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— Contributed by Kate Harlow