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Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Salon of Shorts at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts offers an open mic series called Salon of Shorts in the Art Studio on the third Wednesday of March, June, September, and December. Award-winning poets, playwrights, and spoken word performers Christine Rathbun Ernst and Gregory Hischak host the series, which encompasses all types of performances: poetry, storytelling, essay reading, music, performance art, improv, and stand-up.

“Everyone has in them five minutes of good storytelling, song, stand-up—even genius,” said Ernst.

“This is the perfect venue to try something new,” said Ernst, “to try out new material, and to find a new audience.”

Teaming with Ernst is Gregory Hischak, who has been hosting an open mic at O’Shea’s in West Yarmouth until recently.

“I have wanted to do an open mic on the mid-Cape for a long time,” said Ernst, “and, when Greg became available after the O’Shea’s open mic ended, I was eager to involve him in this new project. I am a big fan of his work and we have a complimentary performance style.”

Both Ernst and Hischak will perform at Salon of Shorts, which has already attracted considerable interest from local poets and musicians.

Gregory Hischak’s book, “Parts & Labour,” was published in 2012. It contains poetry, a play, and an interview the author. His poetry has been published in “Bellingham Revue,” “Green Mountain Review,” “Mid-America Poetry Review,” “Third Coast,” and other journals. He has toured and performed with spoken word troupes and has written several plays which had been performed by regional theaters across the country. His play, “Center of Gravity” was the 2010 winner of the Clauder Prize for New England Playwrights and was a 2011 finalist with the Massachusetts Cultural Council for playwriting, in addition to other awards.

Christine Rathbun Ernst’s recent shows include “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch” and “The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping,” which she has performed to sold-out audiences across the Cape. She will present her third show in the series at CCftA this summer. She describes her work as “the funny unapologetic, wickedly honest, poignant, hell-bent, pissed-off one breasted, loudmouth story of one woman’s examined life witty quirky unforgettable theatre of self-discovery, good story-telling, and pointed social commentary.” She has performed one-woman shows and at open mics throughout New England and is a two-time Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant finalist.

Each performer is limited to five minutes, including set-up.

Admission to Salon of Shorts is free.

Weds., September 18 at 7:30pm

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Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision


Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision

  • Aug 22, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Comedian Jimmy Tingle returns to Cotuit with his new one-man show, "20/20 Vision," a funny, thought provoking and hopeful look at contemporary life and politics through his experience as a comedian, commentator and political candidate.

“If Robert De Niro had decided to be a comedian, he might have come out something like Tingle, with his off-center smile, blue-collar physicality and exquisite sense of timing.”

The Boston Globe

Jimmy Tingle is a comedian, commentator and the founder of Humor for Humanity. He was a 2018 candidate for Lt Governor of Massachusetts and received 41.3% of the vote in the Massachusetts primary on September 4th 2018.

He is a graduate of UMASS Dartmouth and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). He was the graduate school commencement speaker at Harvard graduation for the class of 2010.

He has worked as a humorist and commentator for 60 Minutes II and MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight ShowCNN, Conan O’BrienFresh Air with Terry Gross and in his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Theatrical credits include writing, performing and producing several one-person shows including Uncommon SenseJimmy Tingle for President- The Funniest campaign in History and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream.

He has appeared in several documentaries films including Damned in the USAAmerica with the Top DownWhen Stand up Stood OutCall Me Lucky directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream which Jimmy wrote and produced and directed by Vincent Straggas.

Feature film work includes Next Stop Wonderland; Boondock SaintsHead of State starring Chris Rock and Clear History starring Larry David.

Tingle has the rare distinction of winning Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” in the stand-up comedy category and for “best alternative theater” as the producer and artistic director of Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater in Somerville.

He is the founder of a new social enterprise and solo show entitled "Humor for Humanity" which aspires to raise spirits, funds and awareness for nonprofits, charities and social causes.

For more information on Jimmy Tingle or Humor for Humanity please visit www.JimmyTingle.com.

Jimmy Tingle: 20/20 Vision
Thursday, August 22 at 7:30pm
Tickets $35, $30 for balcony seating
Discounts: $5 for members, $2 for seniors/veterans

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Broadway Backwards
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

Broadway Backwards

Cotuit Center for the Arts presents “Broadway Backwards” on Wednesday, August 21, at 8 PM. The show, produced by Tedi Marsh and John Weltman, is a fundraiser for the arts center.

Favorite local performers prove gender doesn’t matter, but love does, as they explore and embrace the great songs of musical theater with a twist: the men sing songs intended for women and vice versa.

“Broadway Backwards” premiered in 2006 as a one-night-only event designed to raise funds for Broadway Cares, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for AIDS-related causes and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The show continues to be presented annually in New York, featuring stars of stage and screen honoring the great songs of musical theater while celebrating the LFBTQ community and creating an environment of equality, awareness, and love.

The Cotuit Production features Jo Brisbane, Hannah Carrita, David Kuehn, Matthew Gould, Celeste Howe, Beau Jackett, Tedi Marsh, Martha Paquin, Rebecca Riley, Christopher Schultz, Sara Sneed, Alex Valentine, and John Weltman, accompanied by Misao Koyama.

The concert will feature selections from “Hamilton,” “Into the Woods,” “Chicago,” “Grease,” “Wicked,” “Follies,” “Bridges of Madison County,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Drowsy Chaperone,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “My Fair Lady,”and more.

“It’s an amazing evening of music and merriment, providing laughs, but also a fresh perspective on beloved tunes.” said David Kuehn, executive director of the center. “It’s a great opportunity to see some of the Cape’s best vocalists and, at the same time, support the work of the Cotuit Center for the Arts.”

Wednesday, August 21 at 8:00pm
Tickets $30, $25 for balcony seating

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"Still a Bitch" Fat Ass Cancer Bitch"
Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

"Still a Bitch" Fat Ass Cancer Bitch"

Friday, August 2, at 7:30pm. The bitch is back! Christine Ernst, the FACB, returns for her ninth annual show featuring all new material and her usual brand of irreverent, mouthy, no-holds-barred humor and story. Part stand-up, part storytelling. PG for language, nerve. Complimentary refreshments. $25. For tickets call 508-394-7100.

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Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Still a Bitch
Jul
15
to Jul 16

Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Still a Bitch

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The bitch is back! Christine Ernst, the Fat Ass Cancer Bitch, returns for her NINTH annual show featuring all new material and her usual brand of irreverent, mouthy, no-holds-barred humor and story.

Part stand-up, part storytelling. PG for language, nerve.

Monday & Tuesday, July 15 & 16, 2019
7:30pm on the Main Stage
Tickets $25, $20 for balcony seats
Discounts: $5 for members, $2 for seniors/veterans

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Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham Headlines the Cape Cod Melody Tent
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham Headlines the Cape Cod Melody Tent

Record-breaking global Comedy Superstar Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road, as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour through spring 2018. Tickets on sale now at jeffdunham.com.

Dunham recently released his latest stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix in September 2017. The special, filmed in Dublin Ireland, features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster. 

Dunham, a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” has built an entertainment empire over years of non-stop touring and innovation. With over a million YouTube subscribers amassing over a billion views, he has carved out his own unique space in the comedy world, leading to record-breaking viewership with his comedy specials on Comedy Central and NBC. His 2015 stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, debuted on NBC Primetime and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure.

And finally, adding to an amazing list of recent accomplishments, Dunham’s contribution to the world of show business and comedy was recognized when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, commemorating over two decades of superstardom. Said Dunham recently, “When I moved to Los Angeles in 1988 with a car full of clothes and a couple of dummies, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that one day I would be tripping over my own star on the Walk of Fame. It’s truly fantastic and a great honor; I just hope it’s not in front of an adult store. Okay, actually, that would be hilarious.”

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Growing Up McDougal… Happy, Hopeful, and Hung-Over!
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

Growing Up McDougal… Happy, Hopeful, and Hung-Over!

Nancy Witter’s new show opened in New York City on Thursday September 21st at Don’t Tell Mama to rave reviews! This new show has Nancy regaling her audiences with stories of her unique childhood growing up in a large Irish Cathoholic family. Nancy learned early on, thanks to her happy hopeful and hung-over parents how to find the comedy in catastrophes, and hope in despair.
Growing up in a very large Irish “Cathaholic” family, and struggling as a working single mother for 20 years, gave Nancy Witter all the comedic material she needed to sustain her thoughout her long-standing comedy career. Nancy has won three New York City MAC Awards for “Outstanding Female Comedian” and a MAC Award for her one woman show “Dignity Check… Please”. Nancy was one of five finalists on Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America” in 2005. Soon after, she joined two other finalists and for five years they toured in sold out theaters across the country in the hit comedy show “Mama’s Night Out”. “The New York Times” has described Nancy as having “a razor sharp wit” and Backstage Magazine named her to their list of “Comedy Best Bets”. Nancy performs at comedy venues throughout New York City and the country.

Wednesday, July 25
on the Mainstage
Tickets $32, $27 for balcony seating
$2 discount for senior/veterans, $5 discount for members

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Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Resistant Gray
Jul
17
to Jul 18

Fat Ass Cancer Bitch: Resistant Gray

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Christine Rathbun Ernst returns this summer with another all-new nifty collection of story, monologue, and humor. Now in its EIGHTH year, the FACB franchise is as bitchy and irreverent and thought-provoking as ever. Part stand-up, part storytelling — a funny, searing, honest show you won’t forget!

Tuesday & Wednesday
July 17 & 18 at 7:30pm
Tickets $20

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