Here’s the deal with stand-up, improv and all other forms of live comedy:
it is fucking terrifying,
and those brave enough to mount the podium, stage or beer-soaked platform that could be classified as something in between, deserve a festival of their very own to showcase their merit and candor. Enter the Magner’s Comedy Festival, which will be taking place on both sides of the Charles for five nights starting next week.
This is Boston’s chance to get a hefty dose of the big and small time when it comes to professional yuksters. Festival-goers can choose between heading out to live performances from the national comics they’ve grown to love (including Saturday Night Live’s Colin Quinn and Flight of the Conchords’s Eugene Mirman), along with a slew of Boston’s own up-and-coming comedians (such as Allston’s own Lamont Price).
Spreading out from the Wilbur to Motley’s to OBERON, the Magner’s Comedy Festival offers up enough events—including performances from the Upright Citizens Brigade and the Stand-Off, a stand up competition that’ll send the winner to the International Comedy Festival in Scotland—to make sure at least one joke (monologue/pratfall/whatever) will assuage all previous assumptions you had about skeezy comics and painful improv sketches.
So! We’d say have your tomatoes and hurl-able produce at the ready, but the truth is that we’re on the side of the guys and gals grabbing the mic and giving their all to make you laugh.
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta get up there and come up with a Boston joke that goes beyond the accent, Jackie’s Packie and Mark Wahlberg impressions.
THE MAGNER’S COMEDY FESTIVAL
WED 1.25.12-SUN 1.29.12
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