Ladies of Laughter, the popular showcase of female standup comedians, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, Wednesday, February 14 at 7pm. The performance will feature Carmen Lynch and Liz Miele
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Ladies of Laughter is sponsored by the Oakdale Mall, and underwritten by the Schorr Family; and may not be appropriate for anyone under 18 years old.
“Ladies of Laughter, or LOL as we like to call it, is one of our most in-demand series,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “Last season, we sold out three of the four LOL events, so get your tickets before they’re gone!”
“We’re hoping that since stand-up comedy isn’t exactly the typical ‘hearts-and-flowers’ Valentine’s activity, this will be a great way for single people to spend the evening, in the company of good friends, with lots of laughs,” Kradjian continued. “Of course, that doesn’t mean happy couples aren’t welcome to celebrate with us. We’ve already had several people buy tickets for the show as a Valentine’s Day gift for their partner.”
Carmen Lynch performs worldwide and has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, “Inside Amy Schumer”, “Last Comic Standing”, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, and “Prairie Home Companion”. Her album “Dance Like You Don’t Need the Money” was named the 2017 Comedy Album of the Year by Sirius XM. She has also appeared in films, including “Amira & Sam”, “Carmen” and “Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious” (2013).
Liz Miele has appeared on Comedy Central, FOX, AXS TV, and Hulu. She’s been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, Runner’s World, Psychology Today and The Guardian. Her “Feminist Sex Positions” routine went viral on YouTube and Upworthy.com. She regularly tours with the “Nobodies of Comedy” and Armed Forces Entertainment, and just finished performing on a book tour for Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run”. She’s completed six European tours performing in UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland and Finland.
Other upcoming comedy events include “Late Nite Catechism”, February 16-18, and “The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” on March 10. The final Ladies of Laughter show of the 2017-2018 season will take place on April 7.
Tri-Cities Opera’s Opera-Go-Round touring educational program has brought live musical performances to schools throughout New York and Pennsylvania for over 40 years. This year’s opera, “Jack and the Beanstalk” is a vibrant retelling of the classic story set to the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The show is recommended for children Pre-K to 6th grade.
Beyond the magic beans and larger-than-life characters, this opera delivers an inspiring message about treating others as you would like to be treated. The show is directed by John Davies and features a brand new scenic design by AmArA. The cast stars Jordan Schreiner, Stacey Geyer, Scott Purcell, and Tascha Anderson.
“Bringing a child to the theatre for the first time can be nerve-wracking for parents,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “They want to introduce their kids to live performance, but they worry the show won’t hold their child’s attention, or that their child will be disruptive. We try to make it easy for parents, by offering shows that are engaging for children, and relatively short, and by providing a free craft activity for children at every performance.”
“The shows do come with an age recommendation, but that is just a guideline, and all ages are welcome,” Kradjian continued. “Quality children’s shows can be enjoyed by parents, too.”
Founded in 1949, Tri-Cities Opera Company stages full-scale and smaller operas each season. Tri-Cities Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program offers aspiring opera singers a unique blend of instruction and practical experience. Opera-Go-Round was named in honor of Binghamton’s famous carousels, and reaches as many as 20,000 children each year.
Other children’s performances this season include Hudson Vagabond Puppets’ “Caps for Sale & Three Billy Goats Gruff” on March 24, and ArtsPower’s “Nugget and Fang” on May 12.
Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will perform “HypnoHype”, a hypnosis comedy show, at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7pm.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. The interactive performance, sponsored by Sentry Alarms, and underwritten by the Schorr Family, will feature hypnotic rhythms, shocking surprises, and hilarity.
“It’s enormously entertaining, because it’s real people doing outrageous things with no inhibitions,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “It’s just tremendously fun to watch – or to participate!”
“HypnoHype” is a fast-paced, action-packed, high-energy live comedy hypnosis show which turns the audience members into the performers. Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will give hypnotize volunteers, then give them suggestions that will lead to an unforgettable experience, while entertaining and thrilling the audience.
Asad Mecci is a master hypnotist who has amazed crowds at Canada’s Wonderland, Skydome, Sheraton World Resort, Super Club Breezes, and onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Based in Toronto, he also sees clients in the area of goal-attainment, smoking-cessation and weight-loss. When Asad is not in the clinic, he works as a stress management and communications consultant for fortune 500 companies like Remax, IBM, and Rogers, entertaining and motivating employees and management. Mecci has been featured on “Entertainment Tonight”, MTV, HGTV, Much Music and Maxim Online. For more information, visit: entrancingentertainment.com
“A few years ago, we featured a mentalist who demonstrated some hypnosis,” said Kradjian. “It was amazing to see what people will do, say, and remember while in a trance – but HypnoHype is something very different, because it’s really all about the laughs.”
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.
“I’ve got a lot of dark jokes for someone who looks like she owns a muffin shop,” says Katie Hannigan, a standup comedian who has made a career out of defying expectations. Hannigan is one of three comedians performing at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, November 5, at 7pm, in one of four “Ladies of Laughter” events Goodwill Theatre is offering in its 2016-2017 season.
Hannigan will be joined by comedians Jocelyn Chia and Stacy Kendro for the performance, which is part of the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage’s “Big Apple Comedy Club” Series, sponsored by IBM and Visions Federal Credit Union, and underwritten by the Schorr Family. “Ladies of Laughter” features winners and finalists from Turning Stone Casino’s annual competition.
“Ladies of Laughter is such a popular program,” said Naima Kradjian, CEO of Goodwill Theatre, Inc. “Everyone loves to laugh, and these comedians are always a treat.”
Katie Hannigan is the winner of the 2016 Woodstock Comedy Festival. She recently starred in an original show in the NY Fringe Festival, The Comedienne Project, along with Corinne Fisher (one half of the popular “Guys We F***ed” podcast). Hannigan has been featured on The Oxygen Network, Laughs on Fox, Good Day NY, Landline TV, MTVOther, Jest.com CollegeHumor, Netflix, DailyDolt.com, and the Huffington Post. Hannigan is the founder of the Everywhere Theatre Group, which focuses on original performance critiquing human relationships with technology. Her current projects include an original web series called “Space Cab”, a sci fi comedy about an intergalactic cab driver.
Jocelyn Chia is a New York based stand up comedian originally from Singapore. A lawyer-turned comedian, she was featured on cnbc.com for winning the Gotham Comedy Club’s Funniest Lawyer Competition. She has been a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Channel of Sirius XM, and a guest host on MTV. She just filmed her standup television debut for AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, hosted by William Shatner. She is also a two time winner of the Moth Storyslams, and enjoys weaving storytelling into her stand-up. She won the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Competition.
Stacy Kendro is a comic from Boston who has been performing for over ten years. She has appeared in many festivals such as Just For Laughs in Montreal, the Boston Comedy Festival and the Laughing Devil & New York Comedy Festivals. She has opened for Dom Irrera, Gilbert Godfried, Joan Rivers, and many others. Stacy is currently a regular at Sin City Comedy Club at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and performs regularly in and around New York City.
Tickets for “Ladies of Laughter” are $15, and can be purchased online at: goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. This performance may feature adult language and/or sensitive subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.
Goodwill Theatre will host the first neighborhood Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. Local businesses and organizations will hand out candy from decorated car trunks and truck beds, and the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage will offer tours of its kid-friendly “haunted house”, as well as popcorn and punch.
To provide a fun and safe alternative to traditional door to door trick-or-treating, Goodwill Theatre, in partnership with the Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Neighborhood Project, is inviting families, businesses, and other groups to distribute candy during the Halloween event. Creativity is encouraged as there will be contests for “Funniest Trunk” “Most Creative Trunk” and “Scariest Trunk”. Interested groups should contact Corrina Johnson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a great way for the neighbors to get to know each other and have fun, and for families to spend time together,” said Christine Springer, Goodwill Theatre General Manager.
The San Francisco Chronicle described David Scheel’s “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player” as, “The only show in town that can satisfy lovers of classical music and comedy alike.” Scheel will bring his unique performance to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Sunday, October 23, at 2pm, as part of the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage’s “Big Apple Comedy Club” Series, sponsored by IBM and Visions Federal Credit Union, and underwritten by the Schorr Family.
“David Scheel has performed in over thirty countries, and we’re fortunate to be able to bring him to the Firehouse Stage for a night,” said Naima Kradjian, CEO of Goodwill Theatre, Inc. “He’s well-known all over London, and was featured in three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals.”
David Scheel was born in Australia, and earned his concert diploma for piano at the University of Adelaide. He won a Variety Club of Great Britain award for his West End show, and has appeared on many top-rated BBC series, including “Stop the Week” and “The Garden Party”. In October 2002, Scheel undertook his first tour of Southeast Asia, and broke box office records throughout the region.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at: goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. This performance may feature adult language and/or sensitive subject matter. Parental discretion is advised.
Too Marvelous for Words: A Celebration of the Nat “King” Cole Trio” is a fun and swingin’ journey into the early days of Nat King Cole. Before his big hits such as “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that many remember being performed standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers but on pianists such as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal. Drawing on his experience as both an actor and a singer/pianist, Peter Smith (creator) effortlessly weaves in stories from this period in Nat King Cole’s life as they relate to the song selections, creating an evening that is fun, informative and will leave you tapping your feet, and pondering some fascinating tidbits from Nat’s life. All Too Marvelous for Words will be performing on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm. This amazing performance is the last of the Music Hall Concert Series, sponsored by IBM.
“We are very excited to bring this musical trip down memory lane to the Firehouse. The performers are outstandingly talented in their own right. Then you add Nat’s Music on top of it and it’s a dream come true. You cannot really afford to miss this show,” said Naima Kradjian Goodwill Theatre CEO.
PETER SMITH – served as co-producer and arranger on Molly Ringwald’s Concord Records release of “Except Sometimes,” her first solo album. He has played on major stages large and small: Iridium (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi’s (SF), Blues Alley (DC), Montreal Jazz festival, Vector Arena (NZ), Melbourne Recital Centre (AUS), and many, many more. Peter was the associate Musical Director on DUETS, the hit singing competition show on ABC. As associate musical director, Peter worked directly with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke and John Legend, not only accompanying them and their contestants in rehearsal, but collaborating with them on the musical arrangements for the show
JOHN STORIE – For over a decade, John Storie has been an active contributor to the jazz and classical music scenes of Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. As a founding member of the New West Guitar Group, John has performed across the country and gained recognition as a well-respected jazz guitarist. Over the years, he has been recognized by the Downbeat Student Music Awards, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Jazz Society of Oregon, Cascade Festival of Music, Guitar Foundation of America, the ASCAP Foundation, and Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
ALEX FRANK – He may only be in his mid20s, but Alex Frank has already established himself as a first call bassist for film (Jersey Boys, Black Nativity), Jersey Boys The Movie television (Modern Family, Friends With Better Lives ), and records (Bruce Forman, Dave Damiani). Along with Pianist Peter Smith and guitarist John Storie, Alex recently founded the group Too Marvelous For Words, a tribute to the original Nat King Cole trio, which has begun touring nationally. Alex has also become an in demand accompanist for jazz singers and TV shows such as America’s got Talent, Still Standing and the Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Tickets for Too Marvelous for Words are $25 Adults $20 Seniors. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other, The Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter. This dynamic duo knows how to create social comedy out of everyday life scenarios. The best way to sum up Don and Christine would be the Sunday Funnies coming to life on stage. Don White and Christine Lavin will be at The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Friday January 8, 2016. The Funny Side Of The Street is part of the Big Apple Comedy Club Series sponsored by Bates Troy and Visions Federal Credit Union and is underwritten by the Schorr Family.
Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre.
Christine has also been at the forefront of finding and promoting extraordinary new talent. She founded a songwriter’s retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, the On a Winter’s (and Summer’s) Night tours), The Four Bitchin’ Babes, Laugh tracks among many other projects, in the process releasing more than 10 compilations CDs, as well as more than 20 of her own.
Her co-conspirator, Don White, is the latest artist that Christine has championed. “He’s such an original; I call him sometimes a ‘blue collar intellectual,’” Lavin says. “Don has extremely high standards when it comes to what he does onstage. And he hits a grand slam every time. The first time we worked together he opened for me and it’s the only time in my entire career that I opened with a ballad because he was so funny, the audience was so laughed out.
“It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. “We rehearse and we rehearse and then inevitably, she’ll throw something at me that I have no idea about, with a mischievous grin that lets me know she’s been thinking about it all afternoon. Just to see what will happen. And she’s taught me to do the same.”
Audiences are looking for something fun, fresh, smart, and intriguing as well as thoughtful: On the Funny Side of the Street does just that.
Tickets for The Funny Side of the Street are $15. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
Everyone needs a good laugh every now and then, especially with the seasons changing and the temperature dropping. The outdoors can get depressing but with the right dose of laughter anyone can fight off the negative effects of cold weather! Did you know that frequent whole hearted laughter helps the body fight off harmful diseases? With the seasons changing illness is more prominent so it’s time to start your laughing regimen. Laughing has also been proven to be a good work out; it tightens your abdomen and stomach. So if you have been putting off going to the gym or feeling under the weather laugh out loud with us on Friday November 6th at 7pm for the Ladies of Laughter standup comedy, part of the Big Apple Comedy Club Series, sponsored by Bates Troy and Visions Federal Credit Union; underwritten by the Schorr Family.
“Both Comediennes have performed for our audiences here and were very well received,” says Naima Kradjian. “We are really excited to have Chris Rich and Leighann Lord back at the Firehouse.”
Chris Rich – As a result of winning the Ladies of Laughter Contest, held at Caesar’s Atlantic City Casino, Chris was given a long-running spot on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. She’s also appeared as a featured comedian on ABC’s The View and on The Lifetime Network. She’s worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Sherman Hemsley, Joy Behar, Gilbert Gottfried, Roseanne, and Tony Danza, to name a few. Her performing career started, however, as a theatrical “triple-threat”: an actress, singer, and dancer in an endless stream of drama, opera, improvisational theater, and musicals: “I did ‘Oklahoma’ so many times I qualified for Farm Aid.” Those years of study and training led to becoming part of a resident company at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Trenton Civic Opera, Bucks County Playhouse, and productions at The Actors’ Playhouse in NYC. Chris is returning to the Firehouse after her successful performance last season.
Leighann Lord – Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.) Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response.)
In addition to her long list of comedy industry credentials, Leihann is the co-host of Star Talk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Leighann is also a returning comedian to the Ladies of Laughter.
Tickets for the Ladies of Laughter are $15. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.
The Goodwill Theatre presents the Lorraine Bates Love and Laughs Comedy Cabaret on Sunday, October 25, at 2 pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The Lorraine Bates Cabaret is part of the Big Apple Comedy Club Series sponsored by Bates Troy and Visions underwritten by the Schorr Family.
“Lorraine appeared at the Firehouse in 2011 singing folk, R&B, and standards. In this show she will add some comedy and looks forward to expanding her creativity. Lorraine brings her unique blend of wit and heart to her show and we are glad she has chosen our venue to showcase her work,” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO.
The multi-talented Lorraine Bates was inspired to start singing by a young man’s serenade when living in Texas. She soon found her own voice and began singing in El Paso. Her family travels took her to many states: from Oregon to Alabama, from Illinois to West Virginia. However, the Big Apple was a constant lure for Lorraine. She made it to the New York with a natural gift for music. She began to study acting, singing, and dance. She taught herself how to play guitar, banjo and mandolin and furthered her career by grooming her talents with workshops from the National Academy of Popular Music and Songwriters’ Guild. Her classes led to many collaborations and styles of writing in jazz, blues, country and pop.
In performance, Lorraine captivates her audience with energy, warmth and enthusiasm. She has performed internationally in France, Italy and Spain.
Another audience is equally important to Lorraine, who is committed to lifting the human spirit with song. Lorraine performed for hospitalized AIDS patients with the Hearts and Voices program at a time when people with AIDS were greatly feared and alone. Continuing with the gift of volunteering, Lorraine also helped with The Covenant House, organization that helps homeless teenage moms rebuild their lives through group therapy, and training for job interviews.
Lorraine also takes pride in being an active member in many professional associations including Women in Music, BMI, The National Academy of Popular Music, Songwriters’ Guild and The Nashville Songwriters Association International of New York.
For more information on Lorraine Bates program please visit www.goodwilltheatre.net.
Tickets to the Lorraine Bates Love and Laughs Comedy Cabaret are $15. The Firehouse offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.