An Evening of Laughter at McCurdy’s Comedy Club
The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter with spouses and friends at McCurdy’s Comedy Club Theatre on Wednesday, September 21. Located at 1923 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, the group of more than 50 attendees mingled in the Green Room Lounge before the show. Members agreed that an evening of world class comedy so close to home was a great way to kick-off the LWRWC fall festivities.
The show started with Les McCurdy, the founder and comedic host of McCurdy’s Comedy Club Theatre, warming up the audience with his hilarious and risqué brand of interactive humor. Les brilliantly engaged his audience to join in the fun with “no holes bared’ irreverent exchanges with willing audience members that left everyone laughing out loud.
Les then introduced his close friend, comedic partner and award winning filmmaker, Ken Sons. Together, Les and Ken are best known as The Bermuda Mavericks. They have known each other since they were five years old and toured the United States and Canada since 1982 with their unique comedy shows based on shared experience. They have performed with the top musical acts and the biggest stars in comedy. Ken Sons lived up to his intro. His razor sharp timing and great combination of stand- up comedy, improvisation and audience participation was uproariously funny.
The crowd was still laughing as they enthusiastically welcomed the featured celebrity headliner, John Novosad, a.k.a. Hippieman. The Hippieman is a stand-up comedian based out of the Comedy Works in Denver, Colorado, who has performed across the country for almost three decades. Although Hippieman is a quiet guy, he easily commands his audience with his engaging comedic talent, disarming presence and versatile sharp wit.
What makes Hippieman particularly funny is that many of his jokes are ironically opposite of what you would expect a hippie to say. For example, his solution for immigration: “Take all illegal immigrants, make them all U.S. citizens, give them higher-paying jobs and then outsource all of their jobs to India. Welcome to America, pal.” His hysterically funny antics during his many adventures on the bus are often the polar opposite of a peacenik.
He is also a master at using audience participation to his advantage. When an audience member repeatedly shouted out “Go Navy” during different potions of his act, Hippieman seamlessly incorporated it into his material as a hilarious non sequitur. Hippieman was a hit and kept the audience laughing with his perfectly delivered irreverent and satiric humor!
The show ended with Les McCurdy and Ken Sons, performing an improvisational side splitting skit with audience participation. At the conclusion, members agreed that the evening at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre was a blast thanks to Event Co-Chairs, Helene Levin and Diane Shaw. While most took issue with Les McCurdy’s theory that Lakewood Ranch is “an alien colony ruled by Dick Vitale” everyone heartily agreed that laughter is the best medicine to keep folks young at heart!