by Sally Deering
Itâ€™s April and maybe you could use a few good laughs to cheer up those IRS blues. Then why not head over to Art House Productions in Jersey City on Sat, April 27 for a night of stand-up comedy featuring Mike Britt. Host Rich Kiamco, who runs the comedy nights at Art House Productions, promises it will be an evening of topical comedy not â€œPhotoshop commentaryâ€.
â€œThe show is great,â€ Kiamco says. â€œThis is almost our third year at Art House. The show has a following; itâ€™s a good time. Thereâ€™s always a headliner from â€˜The Tonight Showâ€™ or Comedy Central.â€
Living in Hudson offers plenty of resources to inspire laughs, Kiamco says, especially when the comedy is based on natural disasters.
â€œWe had two disaster shows, one right after Hurricane Sandy and one after the blizzard,â€ Kiamco says, â€œThe place was packed.â€
Kiamcoâ€™s comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology and according to his website www.richkiamco.com: â€œRich did his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent contest and was hooked. Later that year later he became the costume designer for comedian Judy Tenuta. His one-man show UNACCESSORIZED, an autobiographic romp about a queer Filipino overachiever, received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival and Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival.â€
Kiamco says the hot topics these days are the same hot topics comics have been addressing for years: politics â€“ the president, of course; marriage equality; womenâ€™s rights.
â€œI canâ€™t believe weâ€™re still talking about womenâ€™s rights,â€ Kiamco says. â€œStand up is like a truth serum of where our culture is at. You can make a joke about the best or the worst of our culture. When you call out that something misogynistic, people respond because we know whatâ€™s happening in our culture.â€
And even though we turn to the Internet more and more to get our daily laughs, Kiamco says thereâ€™s no replacement for live performance.
Itâ€™s happening live in front of you,â€ Kiamco says. â€œThe person in the crowd will say something and the comic will go after that. It will never be on â€˜The Tonight Showâ€™ â€“ you canâ€™t do crowd interactions on TV, but with a live audience anything goes.â€
If you go:
Sat, April 27 at 8 pm
The Laugh Tour; Stand Up Comedy
Art House Productions
1 McWilliams Place
Tickets $15 online; $20 at the door