Make Room For Comedy
It’s all about the music… until comedy comes on the scene.
This Saturday night, laughs take over The Paramount’s stage with the return of The Paramount Comedy Series, hosted by Long Island Comedy’s Paul Anthony. On the lineup for Sept. 21 are comedians Tim Hayes, Robin Fox and Keith Anthony, and if previous shows in the series are an indication, a few special guests will get mic time as well.
“This is our 15th show at The Paramount,” said Anthony, adding that the series provides some prime-time exposure for comedians while giving Long Island audiences a top-rate night of comedy.
“The venue is a fantastic venue for comedy. The floor is set up cabaret-style, and there’s not a bad seat in the house,” Anthony said. “None of the other venues I have have two giant screens alongside the stage. It’s a real party, very upbeat and a lot of fun. As big as it is, though, it still feels very intimate.”
The talent is top-rate, too, he said.
“You would never see all of these comedians on one show anywhere else because they are all headliners with impressive resumes,” he said. “The only way you’d see six comedians is a New York City showcase-type event where comedians do 10 minutes or so, usually to work on new material.”
For The Paramount, three headliners, all with television credentials who have performed stand-up extensively in New York City and nationally, will share the stage.
Keith Anthony is a versatile performer who can get laughs from twenty- somethings as well as the over-50 crowd, Anthony said. Credits include A&E, Showtime and Comedy Central. Robin Fox – the “mother of all comedians” – recently won the Ladies of Laughs competition and has been featured on Nickelodeon’s NickMom with her housewife-oriented shtick. And Tim Hayes, winner of the Sarcasm Comedy Competition in 2011 with an extensive resume of performances in the tri-state area, will bring the dad’s point of view. Add in some guests to be announced, and audiences will get half-dozen or more comics tickling their funny bones.
“We format shows very differently. It’s very fast-paced,” Anthony said. “The other thing that we do with these shows is we always have some surprise comedians come in that aren’t in the lineup. So you’re likely to see a half-dozen comedians or more.”
Feedback from the comedians is great, Anthony added. “The Paramount is fast becoming their favorite venue on long island. They all want to put on their resume that they performed at The Paramount. They want to be a part of it.”
Anthony, who got his start producing the Long Island Comedy Festival eight years ago, will warm the audience up to open Saturday’s show. Showtime is 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Go to longislandcomedy.com for more information. Tickets are $30; visit paramountny.com to make a purchase.