The Central New York Playhouse, now in year two at it’s home in Shoppingtown Mall, produces a variety of entertainment outside of the regularly scheduled season of musicals and dramas. In their latest effort to provide “a venue uniquely dedicated to local performers and theatrical entertainment” CNYP presents the new “Cuse Comedy Showcase,” where comedians from Central and Upstate New York will compete for cash prizes.
Contestants will get a 10 minute set and the audience will vote on a winner. In addition to the $100 cash prize, the winner will also be given the opportunity to headline and perform a 20 minute set, and another $100 payout at a future Cuse Comedy Showcase.
Producing Director Dustin Czarny is excited about the new showcase, “I have been a fan of stand up comedy for as long as I can remember. We are excited to continue to serve our mission of promoting local artists in everything that we do, and this includes stand up comedy. Now CNY comics will not only have a chance to perfect their art with longer sets but also perform on weekend nights where friends and family are more likely to be able to support them.”
Two Syracuse headliners will help kick off the series, Anna Phillips will headline on August 23 and Nick Marra will headline on October 4.
Admission for the series is $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
For more information call 315-885-8960 or visit CNY Playhouse’s Website
Cuse Comedy Showcase Schedule
Saturday August 23 at 8pm
Saturday October 4 at 8pm
Headlining: Nick Marra
Showcase Comedians: Steven Rogers, Maryanne Donnelly, Lauren Turczak, Nick Galoni, Bryan VanCampen, RJ McCarthy
Saturday October 10 at 8pm
Showcase Comedians: Yo TBlunt, Doreen Watson, Phil Farda, Larry O’Grady, Shawn Gillie, & Jennifer McMullen
Saturday November 29 at 8pm
Showcase Comedians: Charlie Frusci, Will Phillips, Sarah Benson, more TBA.