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 LettermanSaturday 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
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- Contributed by Kate Harlow

Three Cheerwines for April Richardson

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April Richardson is prepared to blow your mind this weekend. 

And she’s not kidding. For her NCCAF premier routine, fans can anticipate stories about “a documentary she watched about people who have sex with horses, about that time her mom said that crazy thing about her ex-boyfriend and how she almost got straight-up murdered on the way to see Morrissey for the 90th time,” in the words of Richardson.

The Atlanta native and current Los Angeles resident said she is “very excited that I actually get to tell crazy stories into a microphone as part of my job. I feel so lucky and so jazzed to do it. So, I hope people find joy in my, uh, joy.”

Richardson has performed at Comedy Death-Ray, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival and San Francisco Sketchfest. Now, she is bringing her talents down to South Beach. Er, to the NCCAF.

When she’s not performing at comedy fests, she can be seen as a round table panelist on E!’s Chelsea Lately. She has also written for MTV.

If you want to get on her good side, bring her Cheerwine. It’s her favorite soda and she’s looking forward to reuniting with it when she visits NC.   

April will perform this Friday, 2/1 and Saturday, 2/2 at DSI.

- Contributed by Lauren Hafezi

Dive into Local 506

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Down Franklin Street from UNC campus lies an intimate venue, with no pretensions about what it is.  The epitome of a rock and roll dive bar, bringing in your favorite local, regional, national, and sometimes even international acts up close and personal. Writing up a big piece would be misleading and repetitive- The Local 506 is small, with room for about 250 people. It is extremely cool, with a great beer selection and friendly staff. One review even labels The Local 506 as “the beating heart of the American music industry.”

There is no question - The Local 506 and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival are a match made in heaven. DSI Comedy Theater has been producing events at Local 506 on and off for close to 9 years. This year is no exception- expect to see amazing talent, in the kind of room where you can buy your favorite act a beer and hang out side by side after they kill their set.

- Contributed by Kate Harlow

Stephanie Hasz it all.

Stephanie Hasz is a Chicago standup who celebrates the weird in herself. Hasz’s humor is often self-deprecating, dark, and vulnerable. She gets laughs out of her own ‘little boy’s body,’ aging, and being attracted to a different kind of guy. Armed with dark framed glasses, leather jackets, and a haircut David Bowie would love to pull off, at first glance Hasz is hard to put into a box.

She is a co-producer with Shine Box Comedy, a comedy collective that organizes and runs shows twice a month in Logan Square. She also produces a show called Comedy Secrets, which she says is “a weird mess of a show, in the best way possible.” For each show, Hasz and three other comics share ‘secrets’—deeply personal, often dark stories. “Anything revolving around sadness and self-loathing is fair game. At the end of the show, I have a comic close things out with some palate-cleansing standup.”

In addition to the shows she produces, Hasz has been featured in Chicago at the Laugh Factory, Zanies, and Chicago Underground Comedy. She also writes terse commentary on her favorite lady mag at WTF, Cosmo? This is her first year at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.

Stephanie Hasz performs Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 @ 8:00 pm at Local 506 and Friday, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:30 pm at DSI Comedy Theater.

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— Contributed by Joe Dawson