Thursday, August 15, 2019

Laughing Stock: Trenton Davis, Sarah Kennedy, Marana laughs!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Trenton Davis returns to Laff's
click to enlarge Trent Davis appears at Laffs with opener Jonathan Gregory  August 16 and 17. - TRENT DAVIS ON FACEBOOK
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  • Trent Davis appears at Laffs with opener Jonathan Gregory August 16 and 17.
We wrote all about Trenton Davis when he came to town in March 2018 and still can't run out of superlatives. Jonathan Gregory opens, so you'll have a chance to preview his headlining appearance on Sept. 7 at The O. Showtimes at Laffs are 8 and 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17. Tickets are $12.50 and $17.50 via laffstucson.com. Laffs has a two-item minimum.

The Ultimate Comedy Fight Club

Albuquerque production company Sick Son brings its popular Ultimate Comedy Fight Club format to The Screening Room at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16. The opening round pits Autumn Horvat (Comedians Who Aren’t Men) against Matt Ziemak (Brew Ha Ha at Borderlands Brewery) and Rich Gary (Let’s Keep Tucson Sketchy) against a local favorite touring comedian, the edgy comedy tyrant Joe Tullar. The audience decides the winners. Tickets are $12 at the door or via UCF #22 at holdmyticket.com.

click to enlarge Sarah Kennedy performs on Sunday at The O and Monday at Brew Ha Ha at Borderlands Brewery. - SARAH KENNEDY ON FACEBOOK
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  • Sarah Kennedy performs on Sunday at The O and Monday at Brew Ha Ha at Borderlands Brewery.

Comedians Who Aren’t Men

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona benefits from the return of Autumn Horvat’s Comedians Who Aren’t Men. The show debuted in June to an overflow crowd at Hotel McCoy. It moves to The O at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 18. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Headlining is NYC comedian Sarah Kennedy. She’s written for Reductress, been featured on MTV and in several festivals, and was a finalist in NBC’s Standup for Diversity. Besides Horvat the lineup includes, Stephanie Lyonga, Cindell Hanson, and Phoenix-area comedians Carrie Carson, Celia Contreras and Dana Whissen.

Another outlier makes good!

Marana sprouted two new open mics and a promising showcase over the last few weeks. More on those as they progress, but meanwhile, Dave Margolis and Casa Marana Craft Beer & Wine already have staked an outpost there with Casa de Comedy. The free showcase is at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday every month. The next show is Aug. 22.

The show has a regular following of about 30, but it’s worth the trip for Tucsonans looking for something different.

“Our audience is different than a downtown audience in that they're a bit older, suburban, they have kids," Margolis said.

Older kids are welcome, too.

Margolis first tried standup in the ‘80s but took it up in earnest in 2015 when he moved to Tucson. More than twice the age of most open-mic’ers here, he nevertheless logged several months co-hosting Mo Urban’s former open mic at Caffe Passé.

“I came to enjoy hosting,” he said, “particularly encouraging new or new-ish comics.”

When a friend introduced him to Casa Marana owner Kyle Schwab at a business mixer, the two quickly found common ground.

“(Kyle) is very creative in scheduling special events at the Casa—trivia nights, holiday-themed events, tastings, local musicians, etc," Margolis said. "I asked him if we could do comedy there, and he was all for it. I can’t imagine a more supportive venue.”

ELSEWHERE THIS WEEK . . .

THURSDAY: FREE OPEN MICS at 8 p.m., Laffs Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd. and 8:30 p.m. Rockabilly Grill, 3700 N. Oracle Rd.

FRIDAYSTANDUP: 10:30 p.m., $5, Beginners and Veterans Standup Comedy, Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. 9th St.; 8 and 10:30 p.m., IMPROV: 7:30 and 9 p.m., $5, Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. 9th St.; NBOJU,7:30 p.m., $8 adults, $5 children, Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39.

SATURDAY — IMPROV: 7:30 and 9 p.m., $5, Tucson Improv Movement, 414 E. 9th St.; 7:30 p.m., $8 adults, $5 children, family friendly NBOJU and 9 p.m., $8, House Team Double Feature, Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39.

SUNDAY –- FREE OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Chuckleheads, 41 Brewery Ave, Bisbee.

MONDAY –- FREE OPEN MIC: 7 p.m., Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. 4th Ave. STANDUP: 8 p.m., $5, Sarah Kennedy, Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave.

WEDNESDAY: FREE OPEN MIC: 7 p.m. The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St.

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