Comedy

The Wright Touch 

I overruled several amazing writers to be the one to interview comedian Steven Wright, ahead of his April 30 performance at the Florida Theater. I wanted to see if the Steven Wright who entertained me for decades was the same guy who would be on the other side of the phone.  I wondered if his delivery would be different or if I would be caught off guard by his cerebral takes in life?  The interview ended up being everything I wanted it to be and more. From the start, the interview just about went off the rails when I mentioned …

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November Entertainment Go-To Guide 2021

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The 2020 Cultural Council Rolls Out the Arts Awards

The Cultural Council Virtual Arts Awards Will Include Violin Virtuoso Phillip Pan, a Caribbean Vacation and One-of-a-Kind Glass Wave Awards Cultural events are at a standstill but the 44th annual Cultural Council Awards is live-streaming ahead! A virtual fete re-imagined event will be showcased Sept. 2 at 7pm on the Cultural Council, WJCT, and Downtown Vision’s Facebook page and the Jesse Ball DuPont Center website. The theme of this year’s Arts Awards is “Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community” which highlights the inter-connectivity between the arts, business and community. Organizers shifted programming to a virtual format ahead of the pandemic …

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Relief for the Arts compiled by The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Dear friends and colleagues, As the country and world respond to coronavirus and the COVID-19 situation, our team at the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville would like to share the following information. First and foremost, the Cultural Council is invested in the health and well-being of the artists, arts organizations, and communities whom we serve. Please follow all directions and recommendations from your local and state authorities as well as entities such as the CDC and WHO. We also want to make you aware of campaigns to include artists and the nonprofit arts community in any federal relief funds that are made available. Please ask your elected …

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Have a Laugh for the Night with Decorated Humorist Paula Poundstone at WJCT

Have a Laugh for the Night with Decorated Humorist Paula Poundstone at WJCT

Comedian built a solid career as an observational comic with a razor-sharp wit and enviable improv skills. She reads a room, and when she senses the slightest vapor of a bite, she rides the comet. She’s established herself as a force to be reckoned with on stage. As with many artists of longevity, it’s a challenge to find a new stone to turn, yet Poundstone always manages to approach topics with a fresh perspective. During a recent interview with EU Jacksonville, I decided to follow her lead by going off-script. Like her act, I prepared a loose outline to follow, …

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Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link at the Florida Theatre

Experience the Mythical Magic with Internetainers Rhett & Link

We all have that one friend that gives us carte blanche to be silly, spontaneous, inappropriate, to gross each other out, and make each other howl with laughter. Pipe in some original music, scripted sequiturs, and point a camera at it, and that’s the genesis of Rhett & Link boiled down to its raw essence. Childhood friends, Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal III capitalized on that chemistry, developing an inspired and hilarious YouTube channel that allowed them to embrace their shared brand of humor as “Internetainers.” “We coined the moniker “internetainer” very early on in our YouTube career. We …

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Stand Up Comedian of the Year Jo Koy Comes to the Florida Theatre

Jo Koy is finally getting the recognition he deserves. He’s sold out arenas, filmed a new Netflix special and was recently honored with the prestigious Stand Up Comedian of the Year award. But it’s the daily interactions with fans that alert Koy to his elevated celebrity status. On a cold Thursday in January while doing press in the carpool lane of an undisclosed highway somewhere in the continental US, a passing motorist trying to get his attention nearly ran him off the road. “It’s really weird. I’m just driving and he’s waving at me like a madman. I was going …

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Come Get Mis-carried Away with “Daily Show” Co-creator Lizz Winstead and her Lady Parts Justice League

Come Get Mis-carried Away with “Daily Show” Co-creator Lizz Winstead and her Lady Parts Justice League

For comedians, the best rule of thumb is to write what you know. For Lizz Winstead, her work is shaped by her perceptions, her experiences, and her role as a woman. She established Lady Parts Justice League to give women a louder voice and create a community for change. Laugh Lounge presents Lady Parts Justice League’s “You Should Smile More! And Other Man-Spirational Things” February 10th at , starring Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show” and featuring both Joyelle Johnson, of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and Jaye McBride, known for her work at the New York Comedy Festival. A …

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Stay Hungry: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Comes to Jacksonville

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For someone who lives by the motto “Stay Hungry,” Sebastian Maniscalco has a lot on his plate. The top-selling comedian is back on the road after a dizzying few years in which he became a first-time father, penned a best-selling book, sold out a record breaking five nights at Radio City Music Hall and filmed a movie with a cast so Italian it looks like a Goodfellas reboot. Maniscalco is enjoying the taste of success with his book and current stand-up tour. Both are aptly titled “Stay Hungry” as a reminder to take nothing for granted and to appreciate the …

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A Swingin’ Little Christmas: Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery and Tim Davis Come to Ritz Theatre

A Swingin' Little Christmas: Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery and Tim Davis Come to Ritz Theatre

This holiday season, Jane Lynch is traveling across the country spreading Christmas cheer. Instead of climbing into a sleigh like “you-know-who,” the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner is sharing a tour bus with her bandmates to bring her A Swingin’ Little Christmas album to the stage in a larger-than-life holiday showcase. “We’re doing a huge tour now and going all over the country in a tour bus. We hang out in airports, we hang out in hotel diners,” she says. “We know each other pretty well, and we’re all over 50, so there’s not going to be any crazy partying. …

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