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Boston Comedy Festival!



The 13th Annual Boston Comedy Festival (BCF) showcases some of America’s best aspiring comics and local and National favorites, including Kevin Meaney, Andy Kindler, and Jimmy Tingle, and features a week-long competition, with ninety-six aspiring comics vying for a $10K prize and the chance to be discovered. The competition begins Sunday, September 16 (preliminary/semi-final shows are nightly at 7pm & 9pm at Davis Square Theater) and culminates with the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival Finale and Gala on Saturday, September 22 (8pm) at Somerville Theatre. The Gala, hosted by Tony V., features 2012 BCF Comedian of the Year Honoree Judah Friedlander, BCF Artistic Director Jim McCue, and the eight contest finalists going head to head for laughs, money and fame.




Go to for schedules, venues, and tickets.


Friday September 14

7:30pm – Chris Zito hosts some of Greater Boston’s Funniest Media Personalities to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project (  Davis Square Theater

9:30pm Funny Shorts


Saturday September 15

7pm – Jimmy Tingle will combine a screening of his film “American Dream” and a live performance. Davis Square Theater

9pm – Andy Kindler – Davis Square Theater

Sunday September 16

7pm Prelims host Orlando Baxter Davis Square Theater

9pm Prelims host Jim McCue Davis Square Theater


Monday September 17

7pm Prelims host Robbie Printz Davis Square Theater

9pm Prelims host Craig Murphy Davis Square Theater


Tuesday September 18

7pm Prelims host Joe List Davis Square Theater

9pm Prelims host Tom Dustin Davis Square Theater


Wednesday September 19

7pm and 9pm  Prelims hosted b Mehran with Special Guest Joe Wong


Thursday September 20

7pm Semi Finals Featured Guest Steve SweeneyDavis Square Theater

9pm Semi finals Featured guest Dave McDonough Davis Square Theater



Friday September 21

7pm Semi Finals Hosted By  John MosesDavis Square Theater

9pm Semi Finals Host Paul D’Angelo Davis Square Theater

Saturday September 22

8pm Tony V hosts BCF Contest Finale and Gala with Jim McCue. Eight contestants compete head to head for $10k cash prize. The World Champion Judah Friedlander To Be Honored with 2012 BCF Comedian of the Year.  Somerville Theater


Kevin Meaney

8pm – Kevin Meaney – Big Pants People of the world unite… your leader Comedian and Actor is here on he’s on a mission of mirth. Davis Square Theater.


10pm – The World Champion Judah Friedlander – Davis Square Theater


Detailed schedule, venue and tickets information is available at


Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta



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Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!

We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:

TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)

Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.

TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!

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Santaland Diaries at Horizon Theatre Company is HaHaHa-larious!



Returning for its 17th anniversary production, Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris, November 20-December 31.

This show is one of the funniest Holiday shows out there. We have found our new holiday tradition here at The Backstage Beat!

The setting for this naughty show is a Macy’s in New York City as they prepare for Santa and all the families that come to see him. Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, “Crumpet,” are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer – and a rebel without a Claus.

Crumpet is played by Harold M. Leaver. I was truly impressed with his ability to stay in character with so much hilarity happening. He was a master at this role! What a naughty little elf!

Along with Harold, Lala Cochran and Enoch King perform as “Sidekicks” and bring the whole show together. Their various roles are both detailed and laugh out loud funny!

This is a true local masterpiece! For those of you who dare think you can’t see a great show with local talent, go see this one! But be warned, it is not for kids and the humor is not for everyone.

Give yourself a great gift this holiday season, see this show and let us know how you liked it!


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Impractical Jokers Come to Atlanta This Friday, Joe tells us more!



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Joe Gatto from the very funny and highly successful “Impractical Jokers” called  The Backstage Beat to talk about the tour he is on which brings him to Atlanta this weekend!

Joe told us about what we can expect when he, along with his fellow jokers Murray, Q and Sal, take the stage this Friday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

“What you will see if the four of us all on stage at the same time. We will be telling stories about our friendships that have lasted over 25 years, stories from the road and we will be playing never before seen videos that we made just for this tour.” He went on to tell us that if you aren’t interested in seeing something really funny Friday night, just stay home. :)

When asked about his friendship with the other jokers, Joe said,”You are talking about four guys that have been friends since freshman year in high school. This transcends the Impractical Jokers show and even the Tenderloins. We started performing together in the Tenderloins in 1999. We have had a deep rooted friendship since 1990.” Joe explained to me that they are business partners, friends, performers, all at the same time. They actually know each others families and are very close. Joe summed it up like this, “I go over to Sal’s parents house every Christmas. We are genuinely involved in each others lives, not just for the show.”

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