Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Laughing Stock: Halloween Treats

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:20 PM

click to enlarge The Gaslight Theatre’s Vampire closes November 1. - THEGASLIGHTTHEATRE.COM
  • The Gaslight Theatre’s Vampire closes November 1.
Vampire, Or “He Loved In Vein”

Spoiler alert! What do you call a haunted chicken? A poultry-geist. Welcome to The Gaslight Theatre’s Vampire, tricked out in the Gaslight’s beloved lowbrow, fabulously costumed retro style.

The incongruity of this production’s songs, always good for a laugh in the Gaslight’s music and dance revues, find an apotheosis in the Vampire cast’s Macarena. The adapted lyrics are side-splitting. Likewise, Phil Spector’s 'Then He Kissed Me' all but sums up the plot line. With Tea for Two (Teefer, get it?), this production may have achieved what sometimes seems like Gaslight’s perennial goal: the worst pun ever.

Wolfman Jack delivers more groaners in this production’s Olio, the short variety show that follows each performance.

But what fun! Gaslight now has more than 40 years’ experience making all ages laugh – heartily, scornfully, giggly, eye-rollingly, squealingly – all the same.

Vampire gets the stake the day after Halloween so the clock is ominously ticking for reservations. Visit details.

Bewitched Blanches Vamp with Ghosts

Southern California comedians Anthony Desamito and Jimmy Callaway bring their Two Blanches tour to The Screening Room at 8:30 pm, Friday, October 19; $3 admission includes popcorn.

The duo perform as part of The Bewitched Comedy show hosted by local comics, Steena Salido, Marcus Gallego and Ali Musa. Musa, an alleged Ouija Board savant, brings jokes with its ghosts in an audience-participation game. Salido and Gallego join in the mystical fun with comedians Autumn Horvat, Brett J McCabe, Matt Ziemak, Molly Bridget Dean and Rich Gary.

Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes. A contest rewards the funniest.

Sensitive Humor

Vern White’s Key da Life Entertainment presents Sensitive Humor, an evening of music and comedy at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at The O, 2000 North Oracle Road; free. Featured comedians are Rory Monserrat, Matt Ziemak and Chris Ryan. Wing lovers can get them for fifty cents all night.

She’s everywhere!

Every other Sunday you’ll find one-woman comedy haboob Salido now doing her own open mic and showcase at Welcome Diner, 902 E. Broadway Blvd. The next mic is Oct. 21. Sign up is at 6:30; showcase at 7; free

Mid Autumn Night’s Dream

TIM sketch team Baby Fish Mouth, which could be the best Halloween costume ever, performs its first scripted comic play, The Halloween Show, a name that belies its comic twists and deathly intent, at 9 p.m., Saturday, October 27 at Tucson Improv Theatre; $5 via

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