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Comedy Weekend! runs Friday through Sunday at the LPCA

August 21, 2013
JESSICA COLLIER , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Not happy that the summer is coming to a close?

Laugh away those thoughts of impending ice and snow this weekend as the Lake Placid Center for the Arts brings you a full weekend of comedy.

"We usually have a comedy show or two throughout the summer, and they're very popular," said LPCA spokeswoman Kim Andresen.

So the LPCA's new executive director, James Lemons, thought it might be a good idea to make a whole weekend of it. If it goes well, Andresen said LPCA officials are hoping it could become a new tradition.

Each day of the comedy weekend has a different type of comedy experience for viewers to give them a variety. Individual passes are available, or people can buy a $35 three-day pass to save 15 percent and get them into the whole weekend of events.

Friday improv

At 8 p.m. Friday, the Upright Citizens Brigade's touring troupe will perform 90 minutes of improvisational comedy starting at 8 p.m.

UCB specializes in longform improv, which is like shortform improv known from the television show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" but uses the same characters, story or themes throughout a number of short scenes.

Billed as "the best longform improv on the East Coast," the UCB was co-founded in the 1990s by Amy Poehler and is known for cultivating such celebrity comedians as Rob Corddry, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle, among others.

"They launched huge names, so I'm really excited to see them," Andresen said.

The troupe that will perform Friday night includes Saranac Lake native Brandon Gardner.

Gardner first started acting while he attended Saranac Lake High School, which he graduated from in 2001. Since then, he attended Binghamton University and moved to New York City. When he's not touring with a show or acting in one stationary shows he is part of at the group's NYC base, he also writes and teaches at the Upright Citizens Bridge Theatre.

He performed in a UCB show at North Country Community College last fall.

Individual tickets for the show are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.

Saturday standup

On Saturday, the Nobodies of Comedy standup show will take the LPCA stage. The LPCA has hosted this show of relatively unknown but up-and-coming comedians several times in recent years.

"They're always great," Andresen said. "You've probably seen them on TV, but their name might not come to your head right away."

This tour's Nobodies are Ross Bennett and Tony Deyo.

Bennett was a West Point cadet in the 1970s when he decided to drop out and become a comedian, which he calls "probably the greatest service I ever did for my country."

He is a high-powered performer who blasts real-life topics like growing up with a Marine colonel father, grade-school snow days and catastrophic water skiing outings.

Most recently seen in theaters in "Comedy 360," Bennett can regularly be heard on the Bob and Tom Show, a nationally syndicated morning talk show.

Reviews from San Francisco and Oakland newspapers call Bennett's face rubbery, marvelous, mobile and congenitally funny, and they predict big things for the comedian.

Deyo keeps his show clean and suitable for nearly any audience. He's known for his sharp material and perfect timing, which could have a lot to do with his years a professional symphony musician.

A native of rural Virginia, Deyo was a middle school teacher for three years before realizing he has a strong distaste for children. He began performing comedy after moving to Austin, Texas, influenced by comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Brian Regan.

The show gets started at 8 p.m. Individual tickets for the show are $18.

Sunday shorts

On Sunday, the LPCA will host the Laugh Out Loud Short Film Fest.

Andresen said the LPCA has hosted other short film festivals in the past that have been popular, but they've always included a mixture of comedy and other styles of film. This film fest, though, is meant to keep the audience laughing the whole time.

And leave the kids at home.

"It's like edgy, really cutting-edge films," Andresen said. "Definitely adult themes."

It's the second annual LOL Film Fest, and it features nine short comedies "from some of the world's best unknown filmmakers." The films have won awards at film festivals like the New York Friars Club Comedy Film Festival and the Laugh Track Comedy Festival.

The shorts deal with familiar topics like relationships, drinking, careers, beer pong and pooping your pants on a first date.

The film fest starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs about 90 minutes. Individual tickets cost $10.

For tickets for individual events or a weekend pass, go to or call 518-523-2512.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@



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