Tonight was nothing but a night that will stand alone for the ages first Tumblin’ Jack Walsh took to the stage and was able to warm up the crowd like I had never seen before! From regaling us with stories of how his wife runs a tight ship with little (and understandable) wiggle room to when the wiggle room in his pants was no more and it was time to go to weight watchers and shed those pounds. Jack has worked with many popular comics many who got their start right here in the Boston area such as Don Gavin, Paul D’Angelo, Steve Sweeney, Ken Rogerson,Tony Vee, Nick DePaulo, Johnny Pizzi, Jimmy Dunn, Patty Ross, Jimmy Tingle to name a few Be sure to check out one of Jack’s upcoming shows such as the one at Headliner’s Comedy Club @ Chunky’s Pub in Nashua, NH of February 19th and 20th where Jack will be preforming with the likes of Lenny Clarke and Rob Steen! Once the second comedian Christine Hurley (who became a finalist on Nick and Nite’s televised series “America’s Funniest Mom) hit the stage all bets were off! I don’t think I have EVER laughed so hard and for such long periods of time. She is quickly becoming a Boston comedy favorite and a legend in her own right. It is wonderful to see someone from my hometown of Plymouth, MA doing such wonderful and amazing things! Her comedic style is understandable and relate able which is a breath of fresh air! She went from telling us what it is like to be a real mom with “real world” problems like calling the wrong school in regards to the wrong child because she may or may not have had too much to drink that morning (You have to get through the day somehow right?) to telling us what it is like to be in a “realistic” marriage and have “realistic” expectations such as the fact that your husband is not and will never be Brad Pit. When she was discussing the topic of her marriage and she began to bring up her relationship with her Husband Jimmy there was not a dry eye in that theater. Everyone and I mean everyone was laughing so hard they had tears streaming down their faces! She is a force to be reckoned with (especially on the little league baseball field, just ask Mr. Nolan and he will tell you all about it!) Christine can be seen live at her next performance at the AllPro show in Leominster, MA at 7:30 PM on February 5th
Then the legendary Lenny Clarke who has appeared all over the Late Night television circuit as well as in being in Hollywood blockbuster films such as There is Something About Mary (1998) Me Myself and Irene (2000), Stuck On You (2003) Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004), “Fever Pitch” (2005) “Here Comes the Boom” (20012) and so many more! took the stage and the laughs did not stop coming. Even though Lenny has experienced much success and rubbed elbows with those of fame and fortune (much like himself) he has always managed to keep his comedy stylings new and fresh and oh so down home. He has NEVER forgotten his roots and just where he come from. From talking about last years’ (2015) nine+ feet of snow and how even though it sucked to be from New England we knew how to manage and cope either because we are “calm and rational people” or we are just “tough sons and bitches” to discussing the current state of affairs of this great nation and how improvements could so easily be made if oh here’s a thought: those who need to could just “Open their eyes and get their heads out of their asses” and everything in between! Also if you are ever feeling low or down in dumps and need a quick pick me up you could always do what Lenny does and grab a quick drink and a smoke and head down to the local cemetery and simply walk around. You’ll be feeling better and more fortunate” in no time but don’t take my word for it! Tonight was nothing close to a disappointment and simply another home run for a great local theatre who knows how to book a show to really pack the house (ESPECIALLY on the Larcom Theater’s 2016 seasons opening night!)
The larcom Theater that is located right in the heart of Beverly MA’s downtown area (on 13 Wallis St) is doing amazing things for the colander year of 2016. If you missed this most recent performance or even if you didn’t please be sure to check out all of the upcoming shows such as Robert Dubac’s “The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?” The show is a limited engagement and will be on for five shows on February 12th thru February 14th. It is sure to be comedic gold and a great night out with either your significant other, your friends or even yourself. What more could you ask for? There is so much going on that you just can’t miss! Please head to The Larcom’s Website at http://www.larcomtheatre.com/larcomtheatre.com/Home.html, be sure to check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larcomtheatre and of course Twitter at https://twitter.com/LarcomTheatre you’ll be glad you did!
Story Covered & Written By: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Staff Reviewer
On the eve of 2016 The Larcom Theatre and Spectacle Management presented Comedy with Paul D’Angelo. This show was packed with laughs and stories that only Paul could tell the crowd in his amazing comedy style. The Larcom Theatre crowd packed the house to celebrate new years eve and laugh the night away.
The show opened up with local comic and Boston Comedy Festival winner and funniest Mom comic Chrissy Kelleher who brought her comedy styling of being a mother of two to the stage. From the minute she took the stage the crowd was being entertained by this unique comedy material. Jokes ranged from stories about her growing up as a child with different names to talking about her daily job as being a school teacher and how she has to work hard to not let her comedy styles get involved with her day job. She also made a mention that her two son’s were in the audience and were going to be embarrassed about some of the jokes that deal with her sexual history. She was a great lead in for the headliner but should try to make her jokes connect better so that the crowd can be sure to laugh and not have silent points during her set.
After Chrissy got the crowd warmed up it was time for Paul D’Angelo to take the stage and be the headliner of the night. He didn’t disappoint from the minute he took the stage getting the crowd to laugh with almost everything he said. The moment Paul took the stage he made the crowd chuckle when he made a mention to the competition going on in the comedy scene in Beverly that night. Paul told the crowd “It’s amazing it take’s the Cabot 4 comedian’s to make the crowd laugh, when he promises it will only take him to send everyone home happy”. Paul made you laugh from the moment he entered the stage to the minute he left. One really good thing about Paul's style is that he has the ability to not plan his shows and it was shown tonight that he really tried to gear his show towards the audience to ensure that if they were there last year they would hear new stuff. He brought up stories about living with folks who are older to dealing with them as they got even older. Although he was still able to bring it all full circle and make you not feel like you were left out at all during the show. Whenever Paul is in your area you should try to get a ticket to his show and he promises you won’t leave un happy.
Spectacle Management has more comedy coming to the Historic Larcom Theatre this winter with their next show featuring legendary Boston comic Lenny Clarke. Lenny will take the stage on Saturday January 30th, 2016. For more information on this show be sure to visit www.LarcomTheatre.com .
Story by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.