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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.



Inaugural Laugh for the Cure-Charleston, WV

10/12/2016 10:15:29 AM

Inaugural Laugh for the Cure - Charleston, WV

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The Comedy Zone / Comedy Zone World Wide:

Join Komen West Virginia on Friday, October 14, 2016 for the Inaugural Laugh for the Cure at The Comedy Zone at the fabulous Holiday Inn & Suites in South Charleston, WV. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Breast cancer is no laughing matter, but for one night, it will be! So bring your co-workers, your friends and families and all of our Komen family and supporters and help us to Laugh and Celebrate!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new event is coming to Charleston to give hope to end breast cancer forever.

Susan G. Komen West Virginia will be hosting the Inaugural "Laugh for the Cure" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

This special event will be hosted in partnership with The Comedy Zone Charleston and Holiday Inn and Suites Charleston West.

The night will be emceed by WSAZ's Amanda Barren and will include a cash bar, a silent auction, and a PG-13 comedy show featuring Jamie Utley and Shaun Jones.

Executive Director Donna Dehart says, "When Shaun takes the stage, he mixes his talents before the audience, bakes his show just right and serves up a unique dish to satisfy everyone's laughter appetite."

"Laugh for the Cure" has grown from a modest grass roots effort started in 2002 by a group of friends in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For more information, including about tickets, check out the related link with this story.

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How Amy Schumer Became The First Woman To Ever Make The Highest-Paid Comedian List

09/28/2016 10:49:02 AM

By: Madeline Berg, Forbes Staff Writer:

Amy Schumer has broken ground for female comics as the first woman to ever make the list of top-paid comedians. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

In Inside Amy Schumer’s only episode-long sketch 12 Angry Men—a parody of the play and film of the same name—12 middle-aged, white men deliberate whether Schumer is attractive enough to be on television.

Jeff Goldblum, Paul Giamatti and other famous actors pose questions and make ruthless comments as they puff on cigars: “She’s built like a lineman, has cabbage patch-like features, and her ass makes me furious,” one quips.

Turns out Schumer is not only attractive enough for television, she thrives on screen. Her success earned her $17  million last year, making her the fourth highest-paid comedian and also the only woman to ever make the list of the world’s top-paid comics.

 Her earnings come from a variety of sources, including her aforementioned Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central show and a tour with Aziz Ansari, who did not make the list. She also received a piece of her $8 million book advance for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo in the time period, became a film star with her role in Trainwreck (though she reportedly only earned $300,000 for her star turnand likely earned in the seven figures for a Bud Light Super Bowl commercial.

This packed schedule is par for the course for women in entertainment, who often have to work more—readily combining film and TV roles with endorsement deals and commercial workto earn the same amount as their male counterparts. Schumer often plays off the sexism faced by women in theindustry in her work.

In another notable skit from her show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patricia Arquette and Tina Fey gather to celebrate Louis-Dreyfus’ “last f**kable day,” or the last day the actress is young enough to be cast as an attractive love interest. The bit pokes at the ageism women experience in Hollywood, where their male love interests can be yearsor decadesolder.

Her show challenges gender disparity behind the camera, as well. Five out of eight writers of the most recent season were women, far more than many other shows on TV, particularly comedies. Women accounted for just 28.9% of writers across broadcast, cable, streaming and film in 2015, with the number even lower, at 28,5% when looking at cable, alone.


Unlike other female comics, however, Schumer has been able to cash inmillions from stand up on the roadhistoric moneymaker for the majority of male comedians on the ranking. Even the women that many consider the pioneers of 21st century female humor—Amy Poehler, Fey, Louis-Dreyfus—have achieved most of their success on television or in films.

Onstage, many women still face the gendered stereotype that women just aren’t funny, or double standards with subject matter, When female comedians use the raunchy material that stand ups often turn to, it is oftentimes still considered taboo.

“I’m labeled a sex comic. I think it’s just because I’m a girl,” Schumer said at a gig at the Apollo Theater, which was later air on HBO. “A guy could get up here and literally pull his [penis] out, and people would be like, ‘he’s a thinker!’”

Schumer often addresses the sexism of the entertainment industry in her work and in interviews, but it is likely worse in comedy, as the genre has traditionally been a boy’s club.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

It also has to do with attractiveness: According to studies, while women find funny men attractive, a sense of humor does not seem to affect how men view women. This means that there is more pressure on men to be funny, and culturally, we have evolved to encourage men to tell jokes or make us laugh.

In one 2006 study, both men and women were shown images of equally attractive members of the opposite sex, but some were attached to funny statements and others attached to not funny statements. While female participants often selected the funny male, males tended not to factor humor into their choice.

In another study, men and women participants could spend money on traits they wanted in their partners, either choosing between being funny or bring appreciative. The results of the study found similar results, with women caring about men who produce humor, and men caring about women who are receptive to their own humor.

Perhaps as a result, there have historically been fewer female comedians. Only a handful, including Joan Rivers, Lucille Ball and Phyllis Dillerachieved successful, sustained careers. Without possibility models and precedents, it has made it even harder for contemporary and up-and-coming ones to succeed on the level of their male counterparts—or join the highest-paid comedians ranking.

While Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler have been extremely successful, neither of them played Madison Square Garden (Schumer became the first woman to do so in June). And in smaller stand up shows, organizers and audience members are so used to having no women on the bill, it is almost as if they have forgotten to include them entirely.

It seems that, until recently, this was so often the case that no one bothered to say anything. Luckily, this is changing. Last year, only three out of 40 comics on the line up of the Houston Whatever Fest were women, which caused pushback, though no changes or additions. A festival featuring only women–the All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival–was founded in 2011 to help foster female comedians.

But even when they do get booked (and make money), there is still work to be done to make comedy a gender-neutral industry. Just last year, Schumer told GQ that “All I’ve ever wanted is to be treated like a comedian who’s performing at your venue, who sold it out. Just talk to me how you would talk to Bill Burr, who was here the week before me. Like Patton Oswalt, who’ll be here next week.”

The industry, unfortunately, may not be there just yet. But thanks to Schumer, it is getting closer.


The Comedy Zone / Duck's Jacksonville, NC

09/15/2016 12:39:45 PM

The Comedy Zone / Comedy Zone Worldwide

The Comedy Zone at Duck’s Grille and Bar

Philly Plowden and Eric Grady performed Friday night at Duck’s Grille and Bar, and they had the audience on fire. Crackin’ jokes about life’s little shenanigans and other mishaps, they created a booming atmosphere jubilant with laughs, hollers and hilarious cries.

The preliminaries began with dinner served. An hour after, entertainers Plowden and Grady freshened the air with some witty jokes. Topics included women’s hair, traffic violations, dipped Oreo-cookies and Irish leprechauns. Grady mesmerized the crowd with skilled dance moves and his impressive impersonations as the inflatable arm man (as seen at car dealerships). He mocked the "twerking" dance, and as "the world’s tallest comedian" standing at 6’9", it was definitely a hysterical sight to see.

After Grady’s performance, Plowden dazzled the crowd with puns and smooth vocals. He even sang Whitney Houston’s classic, "I Will Always Love You," and switched-up from soul to country music genres.

After the show, participants met the performers and snapped pictures with the two comedians.

Although they performed on the same stage, each comedian has their own unique story.

For Philly Plowden, the "pursuit for comedy" began during childhood.

Plowden was raised in Orlando, Florida.

"I grew up with a comical family. There were plenty of funny moments, it was part of my lifestyle," said Plowden. His mother was his main encouragement. He did not win class-clown, however, during school he was occasionally chastised for his outlandish behavior. Plowden also agrees that, "it is important for comedy to be a part of our lives, especially with all the craziness happening in life right now."

The "pursuit for comedy" began for Eric Grady differently. Eric was introverted growing up and during school, he tended to keep to himself.

Eric said, "I watched a show performed by Andy Kaufman. The audience loved him, but I thought to myself the whole time, ‘I’d never want that!’ Being on stage infront of an entire crowd laughing and pointing at you."

When a former girlfriend actually sparked the idea to Eric, encouraging his comical character, he was ready to give it a try.

Eric experienced his first open mic night in Charlotte, with success. In turn, the debut led to more performances, about 10 per year in Charlotte. He has performed in other states including South Carolina and Florida. Eric’s inspirations stem from comedians like George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, as well as his art, with nearly 30 years’ experience as a caricature artist.

In conclusion, "don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things" as stated by late comedian George Carlin.

Simply, don’t be afraid to live free, challenge your comfort zone and laugh (sometimes) at what life has to offer.

For more information and schedule of events, please visit


Comedy night to debut at Duck's Grille and Bar

08/19/2016 10:35:37 AM

Comedy Zone Worldwide Presents:

Duck’s Grill and Bar will now host the weekly Comedy Night starting this week. The restaurant recently bought the Comedy Zone franchise that includes Onslow County and will be offering a 7 p.m. dinner show and a 10:30 p.m. late night show on Fridays.

By Naomi Whidden

A local restaurant is branching out with belly laughs.

Duck’s Grill and Bar will now host the weekly Comedy Night starting this week. The restaurant recently bought the Comedy Zone franchise that includes Onslow County and will be offering a 7 p.m. dinner show and a 10:30 p.m. late night show on Fridays.

“Nobody has ever had (Comedy Zone) here. It’s a national franchise that promotes comedy both in big and small clubs. The thing about it is you have to be prepared to do it consistently — two shows every Friday with professional standup comedians,” explained Terry Leifheit, owner of Duck’s Grille and Bar.

Leifheit said that this week’s dinner show is sold out; however, a late show is still available.

The late show offers the same two comedians plus appetizers and cocktails. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP seating, which requires a minimum of six people per table.

“Bringing comedy to Jacksonville will be great. There’s really not a lot to do on a Friday night. You can maybe go dancing at some places, or grab some cocktails and a bite to eat; but the entertainment is missing,” Leifheit said on Wednesday afternoon. “I believe you have to give people a reason to bring themselves out to the restaurant, and I feel like this is it. We’re excited and committed to doing this long term.”

According to the event information, the headliner this week is Jeremy “BURPIE” Alsop, a high energy comedian who was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s 2012 Miller Lite Comedy Search and appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Shaquille O’NEal’s Allstar Comedy Jam. The second comedian is Ryan Van Genderen, a resident of Charlotte for most of his life, he examines the human condition and societal norms in a playfully dark comedic style.

For the Aug. 26 and future shows, dinner tickets are $40 for general admission and $55 for VIP seating and include a three-course meal that consists of a salad, entree and dessert.

The restaurant also offers a free shuttle service within a 3 to 5 mile range.

“People can call in advance, have the shuttle pick them up and bring them to the show. Or you have a few drinks, we’ll drive you home and everyone will have had a good time,” Leifheit explained.

Starting next week, Duck’s will also be offering free valet parking.

To stay updated on food or drink specials, visit the Facebook page: Duck’s Grille and Bar.

For more information about the comedy show or Duck’s in general, call 910-455-9128 or visit


AMP Bringing Comedy to the County with New Series

08/11/2016 09:51:26 AM

AMP Bringing Comedy to the County with New Series

The venue will host comedy nights twice a month this fall

 Published: 2016.08.09 04:42

 Comedian Ryan Van Genderen
, one of 10 comics coming to AMP in its upcoming standup series, will perform Nov. 17.

Comedian Ryan Van Genderen
, one of 10 comics coming to AMP in its upcoming standup series, will perform Nov. 17.

Despite a thriving comedy scene in D.C., Montgomery County doesn’t have much to offer by way of standup.

But with an upcoming comedy series, AMP by Strathmore is aiming to change that.

The  250-seat venue in Pike & Rose announced Monday it will host five comedy nights, each featuring two comics, from September through December.

“It’s a genre we obviously wanted to explore,” said Sam Brumbaugh, director of programming at Strathmore. “There aren’t comedy clubs on Rockville Pike or anything. … There was definitely a hole there.”

AMP, which opened in March 2015 and offers food and mostly music shows, experimented with a few comedy nights in its first year of business. Each was successful, leading Strathmore executives  to think there was an audience for comedy in the region, Brumbaugh said.

Partnering with booking agency Comedy Zone, AMP wants to bring high-quality entertainers, even if they aren’t household names yet.

“Honestly we chose the best comedians in the country for your area,” Brian Hefron, founder of Comedy Zone, said, noting they are all ready to break into the mainstream. “We’ve got people straight from Netflix and HBO and Comedy Central specials. …You’re talking about the best touring standups in the country.”

AMP also chose the comics with the regional audience in mind. Noting the “sophisticated crowd” in the county, Brumbaugh said they opted for comedians with interesting voices and stories for the series, rather than looking for low-brow entertainers.

Comics Darren “DS” Sanders and Melissa Douty open the series with a set on Sept. 29. The shows, scheduled for twice a month, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tickets cost between $15 and $25 and are on sale on AMP’s website.

 “We want [comedy] to be a really consistent presence” at AMP and in the county, Brumbaugh said. “We think it should be and can be. We think the audience is there for it.”




08/03/2016 13:52:40 PM

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AMP announces first five comedy events in AMP Comedy Night series; tickets on sale August 5

AMP by Strathmore


AMP announces first five comedy events in AMP Comedy Night series; tickets on sale August 5

NORTH BETHESDA, MD –AMP, powered by Strathmore launches the new standup series,

AMP Comedy Night, in partnership with industry laugh-leader Comedy Zone in September 2016.

The series will bring the best, road-tested touring comics to AMP, providing a stage and filling the void

for regularly-scheduled, high quality comedy in Montgomery County. The series kicks off on Thursday,

September 29, 2016 at 8 p.m. with Darren “DS” Sanders and Melissa Douty. Tickets for AMP

Comedy Night events go on sale Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. Comedy nights will be scheduled

the first and third Thursdays of each month; each show will feature two comedians, with tickets ranging

from $15-$25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

“Comedy has become such a robust field, with a groundswell of options in D.C., but nothing this

side of the Beltway. We experimented with comedy in our first year and it was a tremendous

success—there’s clearly an audience in Montgomery County for it,” said Joi Brown, Vice President of

Programming at Strathmore. “We just needed to find a partner that could consistently deliver the high

level acts we want to present— someone who really understand the world of stand-up comedy.”

In looking for a partner, AMP sought industry-leader Comedy Zone. Founded in Charlotte, NC,

Comedy Zone is celebrating 30 years in business and now operates more than 60 venues across the

country. Founder Brian Hefron is on the pulse of what’s hot in standup.

“Just because you’ve been in a movie or television show doesn’t mean you’re more talented, it

just means that your career has taken a different turn. We’re not bringing up-and- comers to AMP—these

are some of the best, most sought after comedians in the country,” said Hefron. “We’re putting our name on it.”

Upcoming AMP Comedy Nights, presented in partnership with Comedy Zone, include:

Darren “DS” Sanders

and Melissa Douty

Thursday, September 29, 2016

8 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

Darren “DS” Sanders turns life’s everyday simplicities into side splitting comedy routines for groups as

diverse as fifth graders to the Congressional Black Caucus. He has worked with many of the industry’s

biggest names, such as Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Monique, Rodney Carrington, Cedric the Entertainer, and

Rickey Smiley, and travels regularly with the Queen of Comedy, Sommore. Melissa Douty competed

against hundreds of become runner-up in the 2015 World Series of Comedy—Comedy Girls satellite

competition in Las Vegas. She most recently won North Carolina’s Ultimate Comic Challenge, making

UCC history as the first woman to make the finals and take the title.

John Crist

and Blayr Nias

Thursday, October 13, 2016

8 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

Few things other than cats and food videos can rack up more than 10 million views on

Buzzfeed—comedian John Crist is one of those things. Appearing in satirical Buzzfeed videos built an

online following for Crist, who has appeared on “Live at Gotham,” syndicated radio programs “The Bob

& Tom Show” and “The Adam Carolla Show,” as well as The Nerdist Network. Crist has shared the mic

with Dave Chappelle, Seth Meyers, Tim Hawkins, Anjelah Johnson, and more. The son of a pastor,

middle child, and homeschooler, Crist’s comedy is imaginative and clean, mining anecdotes of life

growing up in the south. The good ol’ southern boy is paired with “Bad Girl Next Door” Blayr Nias,

whose humor blends Northern aggression and Southern charm. Nias has opened for Rachel Feinstein and

Jim Norton, and is the creator of The Almost Famous Comedy Show at The Charlotte Comedy Zone,

providing a platform for rising comedic talent.

Julie Scoggins

and David Wingfield

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

A former trucker, pooper scooper, Frito-Lay pusher, and charm school graduate, Julie Scoggins is

regularly heard on XM/Sirius Blue Collar Radio, as well as nationally syndicated programs “The John

Boy & Billy Big Show,” “Bob & Sheri,” and “The Bob & Tom Show.” Scoggins has been a touring

comedian for 15 years and rides her Harley to as many gigs as possible. David Wingfield has performed

with some of the most recognizable names in comedy, such as Charlie Murphy (“Chappelle’s Show”),

Dave Attell, and John Witherspoon (“Friday”), and has written jokes for comedians including Victoria

Jackson (“Saturday Night Live”). He was the audience warmup comedian for ABC’s “Extreme

Makeover”, and in 2013, was selected to compete in Comedy Central’s “Up Next” talent search.

Mike Armstrong

and Ryan Van Genderen

Thursday, November 17, 2016

8 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

Mike Armstrong is a former police officer from Louisville, KY, who incorporates his time on the force,

and, to their chagrin, anecdotes about his wife, their kids, and neighbors, into his bits. He’s a regular guest

on the syndicated “The Bob & Tom” radio show, with TV credits ranging from “The Oprah Winfrey

Show” and “CBS This Morning” to “Good Morning America.” Armstrong is also a regular guest and

writer for NPR and radio’s “Bob & Sherri.” Ryan Van Genderon’s playfully dark and sardonic

observations of the human condition and societal norms has landed him on stage with comedy’s brass,

including Nikki Glaser, Neal Brennan (“Chapelle’s Show”), Jaime Kennedy, Mike Birbiglia, Charlie

Murphy, Margaret Cho, Aries Spears, Natasha Leggero, and Jon Lovitz.

Shaun Jones and Brent Blakeney

Thursday, December 1, 2016

8 p.m.

Tickets $15-$25

Shaun Jones cut his teeth doing television appearances such as BET’s “Comic View,” Black Starz’s “1st

Amendment Standup,” and Robert Townsend’s “Partners In Crime—The Next Generation.” His diverse

talents played well on TV, and he made the leap to the big screen in “Shade,” appearing with Jamie Foxx

and Sylvester Stallone. Brent Blakeney has worked with stars such as Bobby Lee (“Mad TV”) and Tom

Green (“The Tom Green Show”), as well as legendary comedians Don “DC” Curry, Bill Burr, Josh Blue,

and Brian Regan—and has even in the same room as Kevin Hart; across the room, but the same room

nonetheless. Blakeney’s well-paced comedic style earned him a gig as a regular opener for Jon Reep.

About AMP, powered by Strathmore

AMP is great music and food at Pike & Rose, an urban-minded, Metro-accessible neighborhood along

Rockville Pike that puts a premium on authentic live music experiences, bringing new energy beyond the

Beltway. The live music and dining concept is a collaborative venture of Strathmore, Federal Realty

Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, and Rouge Fine Catering. Located

in the thriving and rapidly changing North Bethesda District in Montgomery County, AMP is the nexus of

live entertainment in the growing Pike & Rose neighborhood, and together with iPic Theaters and a roster

of restaurants will foster a vibrant nighttime economy in Montgomery County.

AMP, powered by Strathmore

11810 Grand Park Avenue

North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100.



Bollywood star makes NC debut with 3-night run at Comedy Zone

07/15/2016 09:16:28 AM

Bollywood star makes NC debut with 3-night run at Comedy Zone

Vir Das makes N.C. debut with 3-night run at Comedy Zone.



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