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Laughing Stock: Creative Tucson Airs It Out Live

Linda Ray Nov 9, 2017 15:30 PM
Jay Light
Jay Light, featured in the premier of Airing It Out Live, Creative Tucson's new comedy show.
You’re invited to be the laugh track when Creative Tucson broadcasts its first live comedy show, Airing It Out Live, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov 11. Next week, the show will be posted on Creative Tucson’s YouTube channel, home of Tucson Weekly editor Jim Nintzel’s weekly broadcast, ZONA Politics; the comedy news show, 5 on 20, with Rich Gary, ContantCon’s Frank Powers and others; and scores of classic cartoons and movies.

The 90-minute program’s debut features Los Angeles comic Jay Light, most familiar to fans of Comedy Roast Battles. Also featured are Tucsonans Rory Monserat, who cohosts with Cindell Hansen, a Tuesday open mic at Loudhouse; Ali Musa, who recently revived a long-standing comedy night at Mr. Heads; and newcomer Steena Salido, an Estrogen Hour favorite. Gary will host; a spotlight to be shared in future shows with Matt Ziemak, who guests in St. Louis’ comedy festival that weekend.

Gary says of the show’s genesis, “We were brainstorming ideas for our fall programming, and somebody suggested that I should do a comedy show at the station. I had been thinking awhile as how I would pull it off, then Matt told me Jay White wanted us to try and get him a show.” Gary and Ziemak now plan to produce the show monthly with known performers like Light.

Creative Tucson Studios, at 1100 S. 6th St., represents the rebirth of public access production following the demise of Channel 12. That project, innovative in the 70s, stumbled with the advent of cable TV and collapsed with the aggressive growth of the Internet. Tucson’s three production powerhouses, KXCI, Brink Media and Wavelab Studios arranged with the City of Tucson to continue public access to hands on training, production equipment and facilities to launch creative projects in streaming media. Airing It Out Live allows Tucson comedians a worldwide audience.

FEST UP!

Don’t miss the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival 2017, with 30 improv teams from Tucson, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago headlined by Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall, who will appear several times throughout the Fest. See last week’s Laughing Stock for more info. Details online.

PAULA POUNDSTONE’S AT THE FOX

Get tickets while you can to see Paula Pounstone at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Saturday, November 18. She’s touring behind her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. Details and tickets are available online.