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The Comedy Zone, Explore Elkin bring laughs downtown

01/24/2018 10:32:41 AM

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

“Laughter is a stress reliever.” – J. Bliss

Around 200 people settled into Coley Hall at The Liberty Saturday night for some stress relief and a lot of laughs. The second installment of Explore Elkin’s Comedy on Main featured three comedians booked through The Comedy Zone.

“There’s not a lot to do in Elkin, and this is something different and it’s exciting,” said Ernie Dumas, who was attending the comedy show with a table of his family and friends.

He said he’s enjoyed similar shows in larger cities like Charlotte, Asheville and Boston.

He and his wife, Becky, learned about the comedy show through an email chain which they were part of by being members of the Elkin Valley Trails Association.

Becky Dumas said she was looking forward “to some good laughs.”

Ellen Pometto and her friend, Jodi Sebastian, also were looking forward to an entertaining show. Pometto won two free tickets through an Instagram contest Explore Elkin hosted, but she said they probably would have come if even she hadn’t won the tickets.

The nearly two-hour show started with a short welcome from Explore Elkin Chairman Jeff Eidson, and then Derek Blackmon, a comedian with The Comedy Zone, took over as emcee, also providing a few minutes of comedy to kick it all off.

Jason King served as the opening act, followed by J. Bliss as headliner. Both were booked through The Comedy Zone and had the crowd laughing for an hour and a half nearly nonstop.

Derek Blackmon, emcee for the evening, opens the Comedy on Main show for Explore Elkin with a few laughs of his own Saturday

Jason King, the feature act, shares humor with those attending Explore Elkin's Comedy on Main Saturday at The Liberty.

The Comedy Zone's J. Bliss entertains the crowd at Explore Elkin's Comedy on Main Saturday at The Liberty.



Tom Segura headlines the Hard Rock Rocksino / The Comedy Zone

10/17/2017 12:57:43 PM

Segura at Hard Rock Rocksino / The Comedy Zone Northfield, OH

Cincinnati native Tom Segura -- low-key and highly hilarious -- is funny onstage and in "Your Mom's House," the podcast he does with his comedian wife Christina Pazsitzky. But don't try to engage him in idle chit-chat. He describes himself in his act as an awkward conversationalist.

He says in "Mostly Stories," his recent Netflix special: "God forbid I meet a tall person. Like, if you are over 6-foot-4, there is no way I'm not addressing it. I'm gonna be like, 'Wow you're tall, ha ha. Do you like basketball? I have a friend that's tall. '"

Then he addresses himself, saying: "Dude, you just told a grown man that you have a friend that's tall. What's next, like, 'My dad's super strong. I bet he's stronger than your dad.' "

In his "No Teeth, No Entry Tour," Segura will mostly steer clear of politically charged humor and instead share stories about his relationship with his wife and his toddler, and his visits to the doctor.

Comedian Tom Segura

The Comedy Zone Worldwide provides the comedians for the Hard Rock Rocksino. 

Contact them at 704-295-4242 and ask for Joel Pace or visit them online at when looking for comedians for your events


TV Ratings: ‘Marlon’ Hits Season High in Total Viewers

09/11/2017 09:25:05 AM

TV Reporter@JoeOtterson

'Marlon' Ratings Hit Season High in

Marlon” continued its solid Season 1 ratings on Wednesday night for NBC, with the series hitting a new total viewers high, according to Nielsen overnight data.

The 9 p.m. episode of “Marlon” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers. That beats the previous high in total viewers set by the series premiere (5.3 million), and matches the key demo record also set by the series opener. The 9:30 p.m. episode of “Marlon” drew a 1.0 and 3.7 million viewers, up in both measures from the 9:30 p.m. episode last week.

Earlier on NBC, “America’s Got Talent” (2.1, 11.7 million) — the most-watched and top-rated show of the night — was stable. After “Marlon,” “Hollywood Game Night” (0.7, 2.8 million) fell significantly in both measures.


On CBS, “Big Brother” (1.8, 6.3 million) and “Salvation” (0.5, 3.5 million) were both steady.

On Fox, the episode of “MasterChef” at 8 p.m. (1.1, 3.6 million) was even with last week’s ep in the same timeslot. The episode at 9 p.m. (1.3, 4 million) rose slightly in total viewers compared to last week.

ABC and The CW aired only repeats.

NBC won the night with a 1.3 and 6.4 million viewers. Fox was second in the demo with a 1.2, but third in total viewers with 3.8 million. CBS came in third in the demo with a 0.9, but second in total viewers with 4.3 million. ABC finished fourth overall with a 0.6 and 2.5 million viewers. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 774,000 viewers.


Here’s the Trailer for Jeff Dunham’s Netflix Special ‘Relative Disaster’

08/30/2017 17:06:03 PM

Here’s the Trailer for Jeff Dunham’s Netflix Special ‘Relative Disaster’    

Jeff Dunham is set to make his Netflix standup special debut next month. Titled Relative Disaster, the special was filmed at the Bord Gais Energy Theater in Dublin and features Dunham and his “demented posse of dummies” in a “gleeful skewering of family and politics.” Dunham’s last special, Unhinged in Hollywoodaired on NBC back in 2015. Check out the trailer above, and catch the rest when Relative Disaster premieres Tuesday, September 12th.



07/24/2017 12:37:51 PM

Congratulations to the 2017 New Faces of Comedy for Just For Laughs Montreal

Here they are, they’ve auditioned multiple times, many of them for multiple years, to get here. A coveted spot in Montreal’s “New Faces” at Just For Laughs.

What used to just showcase stand-up comedians aiming for the big time from comedy club bookers, casting agents and development deals from the broadcast networks, has now expanded to include “Characters” who often show up on the short-lists for Saturday Night Live and other series, “Unrepped” to counter the trend in many New Faces already getting representation before Montreal, and new for 2017, “Creators” to recognize the funny people making videos, webseries and other projects online.

“For more than 20 years, the New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has served as the launch pad for many of the biggest and most recognizable names in comedy,” says Bruce Hills, COO of the Just For Laughs Group. “We couldn’t be more proud to offer comedians this phenomenal showcase opportunity in front of some of the most important and influential people in the comedy business.”

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: (L to R): Blair SocciCalvin EvansCharles GouldChristi ChielloDanny JollesDave ThomasonJake NordwindJames Austin JohnsonJared FreidJonathan MorvayJR De GuzmanMartin UrbanoMichael LenociNorm Nixon Jr.Preacher LawsonRae SanniRamy YoussefSam JaySolomon GeorgioTaylor Tomlinson and Yedoye Travis.

These New Faces will be divided into two groups, performing back-to-back on July 26 at Monument National, and also July 28 at Katacombes.

NEW FACES: CHARACTERS (L to R): Ana FabregaAvery MonsenBill PosleyGeoff DowHeidi GardnerJohn TrowbridgeKat PalardyMatt GehringMatt Rogers and Yoni Lotan.

The Characters showcase takes place July 27 at Monument National, with a second performance July 28 at the Mainline Theatre.

NEW FACES: CREATORS (L to R): Brandon RogersGlenn BoozanGood Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin), Handsome Dancer (Matt Pavich and James Manzello), Juhahn JonesQuinta Brunson and The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz and Raul Fernandez).

The Creators showcase happens July 27 inside the Hyatt at the Grand Salon Opera.

NEW FACES: UNREPPED (L to R): Andrew DismukesGeorge CiverisJackson McQueenJeremy McLellanJiayong LiJordan DollMarie FaustinMia JacksonSteven CastilloTurner Barrowman and Vanessa Gonzalez.

The Unrepped New Faces will showcase July 27 at Monument National, with a second performance July 28 at the Mainline Theatre.


T.J. Miller tells Jimmy Kimmel why he left “Silicon Valley”

07/21/2017 10:34:00 AM

T.J. Miller visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and the comedian opened up on his recent exit from HBO comedy Silicon Valley

Miller, a series regular from the show’s first episode (alongside Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and Thomas Middleditch), was written out during last month’s season finale, a fairly surprising move that left many fans confused. 

But Miller seems more than okay with his decision to leave Silicon Valley, explaining to Kimmel: “An organic out arose. They had a cliffhanger and I thought it would be funny just to exit… It’s hard. You do a television show, it’s very lucky, it’s such a great show … it’s only gonna become better with me not on it because it has to change, it has to grow, there’s something dynamic that has to happen.”

Beyond all that, Miller admits, he was just tired of the cable show’s rigorous shooting schedule. He recently relocated from Los Angeles to New York, which makes filming on the West Coast more difficult — and he’d rather be spending time with his family than waiting around on set, anyways. 

Plus, Miller says, between the movie and his recently freed up schedule, he’s able to dive back into stand-up. “There’s a lot more stage time when I’m in New York. When I’m in Los Angeles, I do 2-4 sets, possibly. In New York, I do 6-10 sets in one night.”

Miller also told Kimmel all about why he chose to do The Emoji Movie (which hits theaters July 28th), and also, how he ended up wearing such a sassy outfit on the show.


Late start hasn’t slowed comedian Sid Davis

07/05/2017 09:46:32 AM

Late start hasn’t slowed comedian Sid Davis

Bill Lynch , Staff Writer

A lot of comics start early in their lives. Most of them begin in their 20s. A few do their first shows when they’re in their teens.


Sid Davis did not.

Before he tried stand-up, Davis was an aviation technician. Before that, he worked as an airline baggage handler. He also sold insurance, wrote and worked in sales at small radio station.

He got married, had kids and lived half his life. But at the age of 48, after being forced to retire because of the airline industry downswing, he finally got around to doing stand-up comedy.

“I was almost 50,” Davis said.

So he took a class, tried his luck at the comedy clubs in Charlotte and quickly turned an old dream into a brand new career.

“I was retired from the airline. So I had some kind of cushion,” he said. “I never had to be the young guy living out of his car. I had a foundation, so I could venture out.”

Davis worked his way up through the comedy ranks, although it wasn’t easy in the beginning. Having some financial resources gave him some flexibility, but being in the vicinity of middle age worked against him.

“When you’re young and do this, you’re viewed as an up-and-comer,” he said.

A young person starting out doesn’t even have to be incredibly funny. They can just be a little funny, Davis said. It’s assumed they will get better after they spend a couple of years working the clubs and maybe going on the road.

Club managers looked at him and assumed he had been doing comedy for longer than he had. Davis said they watched his act in the beginning and thought, “This is as good as he’s going to get.”

“I was never looked at as someone who would go far,” Davis said.

After he spent some time working the comedy circuit, he got better and people began to ask how long he had been a comedian.

Things have gotten better since then.

These days, Davis said he is out working between 15 and 20 days a month. He plays clubs and comedy festivals, works cruise ships and even opens for the occasional big-name comedian.

“I don’t do political stuff,” he said. “I keep it fun. If anything, it’s a break from the political stuff.”

Davis described what he did as situational comedy. Life happens. He pays attention, particularly when things get weird or go wrong.

For example, Davis recently had a job on a cruise ship. During the trip, one of the passengers became ill. A helicopter was flown out to take the passenger to a hospital.

“The helicopter was hovering perfectly above the ship, like 80 feet, because it couldn’t land on the deck,” he said. “It was amazing, but the wind was wicked. It was whipping everything around. Hats were flying.”

To get the sick passenger, the helicopter had to lower a stretcher on a rope, which Davis said jerked and swung in every direction.

“We were all on the deck watching this,” he said. “And I started thinking, if that was me, I’d say I was feeling much better. You know, I think those chest pains were just gas.”

His humor is regular life, though he has a few general rules — no politics, and he steers away from making fun of women.

“If you’re going to make fun of somebody and you have a choice between a man and woman, you make fun of the man,” he said.

Poking fun at men being dumb is the cornerstone of the American television sit-com, he said.

“It’s on ‘The Honeymooners,’ ‘The Flintstones,’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’” he said.

He warned, “If you make fun of women, you do so at your own peril.”

So Davis doesn’t, usually.

Instead, he often just focuses his attention on himself. That’s always plenty of material.

“Things backfire for me,” he said. “They just go wrong.”

Reach Bill Lynch at, 304-348-5195 or follow @LostHwys on Twitter. Follow Bill’s One Month At A Time progress on his blog at He’s also on Instagram at


Craig Shoemaker, Jason Allen King to Perform at Susan G. Komen Charlotte “Laugh for the Cure” Comedy Event

01/26/2017 09:51:19 AM

Craig Shoemaker, Jason Allen King to Perform at Susan G. Komen Charlotte “Laugh for the Cure” Comedy Event

Charlotte, NC – Wells Fargo will present the 16th annual Susan G. Komen Laugh for the Cure comedy event at McGlohon Theater on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. Nationally known comedian Craig Shoemaker will headline the event and regional performer Jason Allen King will open.

The annual Laugh for the Cure event celebrates breast cancer survivors and raises money for community health programs and breast cancer research. The evening includes a survivor reception, VIP cocktail reception, complimentary heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and a hilarious full-length PG-13 comedy show.

Headliner Craig Shoemaker’s extensive accomplishments include major television and cable network appearances, hosting syndicated radio and podcast shows, on-stage stand up, performing on Broadway, has written two children’s books, and hosted motivational presentations and speeches. Accolades include Comedian of the Year by American Comedy Awards; Number One comedy routine of all time by XM Radio, iTunes #1 comedy album; two Emmy awards, and the honor of performing for four United States Presidents.


Doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m. in Spirit Square; comedy event begins at 7:15.

Tickets can be purchased at Options include VIP ticket for $80, which includes an exclusive VIP reception, free drink, heavy hors d’ourves, access to live and silent auctions and lower level seating in the theater. General Admission tickets are $65 and include heavy hors d’ourves, cash bar, access to live and silent auction and general seating in the theater.


“Laugh for the Cure” has grown from a modest grass-roots effort started in 2002 by a group of friends in Charlotte whose lives had each been touched by breast cancer, to a national Susan G. Komen program. Laugh for the Cure was founded and led by Tammy Greyshock in celebration of her mother (now a 27-year survivor), to remember loved ones she and her friends had lost, celebrate survivors and help people in the community impacted by the breast cancer. Since its inception, Laugh for the Cure has grown to be the second largest fundraising event for Komen Charlotte and has raised more than $900,000 to help fund education programs, mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment support for local women and men in the Charlotte region. Last year, Laugh for the Cure raised over $100,000.



Cheech & Chong rock The Comedy Zone/Hard Rock Rocksino

11/14/2016 14:43:34 PM

The Comedy Zone / Comedy Zone Worldwide

On November 11, 2016 - One of the greatest comedy duos "smoked" the stage at the Hard Rock Rocksino!  Comedy Zone Worldwide provided these comedy legends for an unbelievable night of laughs!  Playing to a packed out showroom,  Cheech & Chong took the stage and wowed the audience with their talent.  What an honor to have these guys (with Chong's wife Shelby) to work with us.




Harry Caray drops in on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to talk about The World Series

10/25/2016 14:01:05 PM

One of our favorite characters Will Ferrell portrayed during his time on Saturday Night Live was when he portrayed legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray. It’s been many years since Ferrell has done the character, but now seems like as good a time as any. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live Caray showed up to give the audience some Wetzels Pretzels and see what he’s been up to these last few years.




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