Erick R. James Scholar Athlete Award Fundraiser
Dates: 04-30-2015

Please join us for a great evening of Comedy For A Cause as we bring together a fantastic lineup of comics to raise funds for the Erick R. James Scholar Athlete Award.

Thursday April 30th, 2015

Doors open at 6pm - Show begins at 7:00pm

Tickets - $20.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show

Featuring:  Carmen Lynch (as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman), Steve Van Zandt (as seen on America's Funniest People), Mike Speirs, Aaron David Ward, Deric Harrington & Dave Cooperman.  

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany (next door to Albany Memorial Hospital)

ABOUT THE ERICK R. JAMES SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD

Erick Randall James graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He was a member of the Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey Team for all four years at Rensselaer, and after graduating he attended Cambridge University in England, where he earned a graduate degree in Management Studies. While studying at Cambridge, Erick continued to play ice hockey; a sport which he adored his entire life.

Erick had many talents: he was the co-author of four books with business partner and close friend, Judith Barnes, Ph.D.’84. He was a stand-up comic and magician, traveling throughout the United States opening for some of the biggest names in comedy and performing magic for children.

Most importantly, Erick was an exceptional person: kind, always ready to help, patient, and empathetic. Erick died on November 5, 2014 at age thirty-seven, succumbing to the effects of a near-fatal car accident. At the time of his death, Erick was working in the Executive Chamber of the State of New York directing lean process engineering workshops and giving seminars on innovation. Prior to that, he worked at The Center for Economic Growth in Albany, Eureka Ranch in Ohio, and Clever Fellows Innovation Consortium in Troy.

The Erick R. James ’99 Scholar Athlete Award was established in 2015 by Erick’s friends, colleagues, and family to honor his memory and spirit, and to reward high-achieving Men’s Varsity Ice Hockey players at Rensselaer in the hopes that the winners will strive to achieve their personal best in the sport and in their professional lives.


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $20.00 In Advance, $25.00 Day of the Show
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Carmen Lynch & Guests
Dates: 05-01-2015 - 05-02-2015

An evening with Carmen Lynch & Guests

Friday May 1st & Saturday May 2nd

Tickets: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show.  

Dinner & Show tickets: $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. 

Shows: 7:30pm & 9:30pm each night.  

Dinner & Show package: Seats at 6:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm).  Advance purchase required.  

Full bar service and light fare menu available both before and during the show.  

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany, NY (next to Albany Memorial Hospital) 

 

 Carmen Lynch is the offspring of a petite Spanish nurse and a tall American Naval officer. She was born in California -- the town where Clint Eastwood was mayor -- and soon after moved to Spain to begin her performance career as a flamenco dancer (it sounds like a joke but she's got pictures to prove it).

After graduating from The College of William & Mary with a degree in psychology, Carmen applied to the FBI but failed the psychology portion of the exam. So naturally, she moved to NY to pursue acting. Not realizing she'd moved to the mecca of stand-up comedy, Carmen eventually tried it out and fell in love -- or something.

   Carmen made her network debut as one of the top 20 comics on the first season of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. She's also performed on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and was featured on HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. She's also done a lot of Spanish shows including SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival" and toured as one of the Latinas of Comedy with Paul Rodriguez. As a prolific writer, she's also freelanced with MAD Magazine. Catch her on this season of "Last Comic Standing."

 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $15.00 In Advance, $20.00 Day of the Show
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Paul Bond & Guests
Dates: 05-08-2015 - 05-09-2015
An evening with Paul Bond & Guests

Friday May 8th & Saturday May 9th

Tickets: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show.  

Dinner & Show tickets: $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. 

Shows: 7:30pm & 9:30pm each night.  

Dinner & Show package: Seats at 6:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm).  Advance purchase required.  

Full bar service and light fare menu available both before and during the show.  

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany, NY (next to Albany Memorial Hospital)  
 

Paul is a New York born, 20 year veteran, high-energy act that finishes on a funny note. He’s on tour in support of his comedy cd “The Way I See It”. It contains over an hour of comedy, including standup, song parodies and surprise extras. Paul’s show promises to be a night of physical comedy and outrageous song parodies that will leave you laughing.

He toured with Jim Breuer , SNL, for 3 years as opening act and heavy metal guitar player and has been on “The Roast of Denis Leary”, the Comedy Central special  “Hardcore” with Jim Breuer and MTV’s Metallica Icon. 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $15.00 In Advance, $20.00 Day of the Show
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Comedy For A Cause - Hudson Lions
Dates: 05-14-2015

COME OUT FOR A GREAT EVENING OF COMEDY FOR A CAUSE TO BENEIFT:

The Hudson Lions Club!  This event is hosted by The Hudson LIons club and will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Albany.  The show is open to the public.  Help us help our communities. 

Featuring headliner:  WARREN B. HALL 

Thursday May 14th, 2015.  

Doors at 5:30pm, Show at 6:30pm

Light fare food and full bar menu available 

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany NY (next to Albany Memorial Hospital)  

 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $25.00 In Advance, $30.00 Day of the Show
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Warren B. Hall & Guests
Dates: 05-15-2015 - 05-16-2015
An evening with Warren B. Hall & Guests

Friday May 15th & Saturday May 16th

Tickets: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show.  

Dinner & Show tickets: $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. 

Shows: 7:30pm & 9:30pm each night.  

Dinner & Show package: Seats at 6:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm).  Advance purchase required.  

Full bar service and light fare menu available both before and during the show.  

 

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany, NY (next to Albany Memorial Hospital) 

 

 

Warren has a style that purposely avoids using the "white vs. black" angle that has become all too popular with many mainstream black comics. Daring to be different Warren chooses to focus on FUNNY! You have SEEN Warren in commercials, and on the talk show "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen", (If you didn't blink you also saw him on Last Comic Standing)!! You have HEARD Warren on Siruis XM radio and the syndicated "The Bob and Tom Morning Show". Extreme like-ability and being able to write material for all ages is the winning combination of this Chicago based comedian. Most recently Warren won the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival.

 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $15.00 In Advance, $20.00 Day of the Show
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"NATIONAL MOM" - Carole Montgomery & Guests
Dates: 05-29-2015 - 05-30-2015

An evening with "National Mom" Carole Montgomery & Guests

Friday May 29th & Saturday May 30th

Tickets: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show.  

Dinner & Show tickets: $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. 

Shows: 7:30pm & 9:30pm each night.  

Dinner & Show package: Seats at 6:00pm (Show begins at 7:30pm).  Advance purchase required.  

Full bar service and light fare menu available both before and during the show. 

 

Carole Montgomery has spent the better part of the past decade overseas entertaining our troops as everyone's "National Mom".  With over 2 dozen television credits to her name, CAROLE MONTGOMERY is a respected veteran of the standup comedy scene nationwide.  

 In addition to her numerous tv appearances, CAROLE has headlined clubs & colleges across the USA and starred in 2 different Las Vegas production shows. In her ten years as a LAS VEGAS STAR, it is estimated that she has been seen by over 5 million audience members. Besides being a comedian and writer, Carole is a wife and mother. She's been married for 30 years and has a 23 year old son, Layne. She was Vice-President of her son's school PTA and helped coach his Little League team for 7 years. She is now dealing with an adult son leaving home, her Peter Pan husband and living with her mother-in-law. The jokes write themselves. Though her onstage persona and offstage homelife would seem to be on opposite sides of the spectrum, she juggles both with ease.


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $15.00 In Advance, $20.00 Day of the Show
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COMEDY FOR A CAUSE - Wilton Rebels Baseball
Dates: 06-05-2015

COME OUT FOR A GREAT EVENING OF COMEDY FOR A CAUSE TO BENEFIT:

Wilton Rebels Baseball!  Last year's team of 12 year old baseball players won the districts and states and went on to the Mid Atlantic Regional's!  They have been invited to Cooperstown this year to play at the Field of Dreams.  Funds raised from this event will help offset the cost of the trip.

Friday June 5th, 2015 - Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:30pm

Tickets - $20.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show

The Comedy Works - 388 Broadway - Saratoga Springs, NY


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works - Saratoga, NY
Tickets: $20.00 In Advance, $25.00 Day of the Show
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Comedy For A Cause- Operation Smile
Dates: 06-05-2015

Join us for a great evening of COMEDY FOR A CAUSE to benefit:

OPERATION SMILE

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.  Every child deserves access to to safe, quality surgical care.  Every child deserves a future filled with hope.

FRIDAY JUNE 5th, 2015

Doors at 7:00pm - Show at 8:30pm

featuring Nationally touring headliner: JOE BRONZI

Tickets - $20.00 in advance, $25.00 day of show

Light fare food and full bar table service available.

THE COMEDY WORKS - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany NY (next to Albany Memorial Hospital) 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Special Event - Albany, NY
Tickets: $20.00 In Advance, $25.00 Day of the Show
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An Evening With KEVIN MEANEY
Dates: 07-24-2015 - 07-25-2015

KEVIN MEANEY performs on Friday July 24th & Saturday July 25th in our SARATOGA SPRINGS location!  

THE COMEDY WORKS - 388 Broadway - Saratoga Springs (next door to Circus Cafe).  

TICKETS $20.00 Advance, $25.00 Day of Show.  

DINNER & SHOW PACKAGE $44.95 Advance, $49.95 Day of Show (available at 7:30pm show only)

Shows Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm both Friday & Saturday. 

Emmy Award winner KEVIN MEANEY has been one of the country's most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years. Tom Shale's of the Washington Post said, "Picture the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney's act." Making people laugh has always been a top priority for Kevin. From his early years doing standup comedy in San Francisco and Boston he's amassed an impressive list of credits along the way. His first HBO special in 1986 catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene. In 1987 Kevin made his debut appearance on, "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and was invited by Johnny to join the guest panel. Since his first appearance Kevin has returned to the show a dozen times. He was a special guest on Saturday Night Live and has appeared on Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Conan. Kevin is also an accomplished actor, having starred in the CBS sitcom, "Uncle Buck" which ran for a full season. In addition, he has done numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas. He also had a featured role in the movie 'Big". In 2006, Kevin expanded his acting repertoire to appear in the Broadway production of Hairspray as The Male Authority Figure, playing five roles - Mr. Pinky, Harriman F. Spritzer, The Principal, The Cop and the Flasher. Kevin is also a successful writer and producer. He wrote and produced and starred in a one-man autobiographical play titled, Wedding Vows in Vegas which premiered at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado before going on to a successful summer run in Boston at the Hasty Pudding Theatre. Steve Martin called it, "The most innovative, heart-rending and funny show I've seen in a long, long time." Known for drawing upon his family relationships for much of his material, Kevin has made such lines as "That's not Right" and "We're Big Pants People" and "We're going to lose the house" (delivered in the tremulous voice of his mother) catch phrases for hilarity. An evening with Kevin is a trip to the funhouse and one laugh escalates into a bigger one and good-hearted humor prevails. So, Big Pants People of the world unite...your leader is here, his name is Kevin Meaney and he's on a mission of mirth. Kevin is currently living in New York with his daughter Kate.


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works - Saratoga, NY
Tickets: $20.00 In Advance, $25.00 Day of the Show
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Comedy For A Cause - Bow Wow Comedy Series
Dates: 07-26-2015

Camp Bow Wow® presents the Bow Wow Comedy Series.  Join with family & friends on January 25th for an evening of hilarious stand-up comedy with nationally touring headliner KEVIN MEANEY!    The Bow Wow Comedy Series benefits Dog House Adoptions, Forever Home Dog Rescue, Free To Be Me Animal Rescue, HeartsHerd Animal Sanctuary, Homeward Bound Dog Rescue, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Out of the Pits Rescue, Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection, Whiskers Animal Benevolent League.  The event includes an auction, raffle, 50/50, and lots of laughs.

NOTE: Please choose the animal rescue organization to benefit from your ticket purchase.

Tickets: $30 / Doors open at 6:00PM, Show starts at 7:00PM for second show.  

Bow Wow Comedy Series: www.BowWowEvents.com/comedy-series.html  


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $30.00 In Advance, $30.00 Day of the Show
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Josh Blue & Guests - SPECIAL EVENT
Dates: 08-13-2015

SPECIAL EVENT - An evening with JOSH BLUE & Guests

Thursday August 13th, 2015

Doors at 6:00pm - Show at 7:00pm 

The Comedy Works - 388 Broadway - Saratoga Springs, NY

Tickets $25.00 in advance, $30.00 day of show

Perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability. He exploded onto the national comedy scene by capturing the attention and endearment of the country as the winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Having already established himself as one of the most sought after comedians on the college circuit, his weekly appearances on Last Comic in the summer of 2006 expanded his fan base exponentially.  Josh starred in Comedy Central Presents: Josh Blue, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and was named the 11th best special on the network in 2011.  Most recently, Josh debuted a one-hour Showtime special, Sticky Changewhere he cracks jokes and tells stories about everything from being a white African-American, to dealing with cabbies who think he'll pay in sticky change.  The special is currently available on Netflix.  He has appeared twice on Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops on CMT and recently made his late night television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

 

Possessed with an undeniable likeability and comedic timing that belies his youthfulness; Josh continues to break down stereotypes of people with disabilities one laugh at a time.  His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.


Josh has appeared as a regular guest star on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and his story has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC.  He was the first comedian to perform stand-up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was named Best Winning Reality Show Guest for his appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly, and made a standout guest appearance on Comics Unleashed.  He became the first comic to debut a stand-up special on the big screen when 7 More Days in the Tank was shown in theatres across the country.  Blue is set to appear in the sports based comedy 108 Stitches.  Portions of the performance also aired on Bravo Network as a half-hour comedy special.  Josh is a repeat guest on such nationally syndicated radio programs as NPR’s Talk of the Nation and The Mancow Show and has been featured in numerous print publications including People Magazine and The New York Times.  Josh has also performed at the prestigious HBO-Aspen Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.  Josh has even become quite an Internet sensation with his top two YouTubevideos over 3.5 million plays.

 

His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are exactly alike.  Josh was also a member of the US Paralympic Soccer Team and competed in Athens at the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest sporting event.  Josh resides in Denver with his wife, Yuko, their son, Simon, and daughter, Seika. 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works - Saratoga, NY
Tickets: $25.00 In Advance, $30.00 Day of the Show
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Pauly Shore & Guests - SPECIAL EVENT
Dates: 09-24-2015

SPECIAL EVENT - An evening with PAULY SHORE & Guests

Thursday September 24th, 2015

Doors at 6pm - Show at 7:00pm

The Comedy Works - 500 Northern Blvd - Albany NY

Tickets - $30.00 in advance, $35.00 day of show

Light fare menu and full bar service available

Stand-up comic, actor, writer, director Pauly Shore tasted super-stardom in 1990 when his precedent-setting MTV show "Totally Pauly" hit the airwaves to major fan approval. The show ran for six years, leading him to television and film roles. In 1993, he wrote and starred in a one-hour HBO television special, Pauly Does Dallas, which drew in even more loyal fans.

He had roles in films from 1988, providing supporting comedy relief, but it was the wildly popular Encino Man (1992), partnered with Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser, that put Pauly on the map. Films followed, including Son in Law (1993), In the Army Now (1994), Jury Duty (1995), Bio-Dome (1996) and The Curse of Inferno (1997). He provided voices in animated features such as Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) and The Goofy Movie Franchise (1995/2000).

His first album, "The Future of America," was named Best Comedy Album by the college music journalists in 1991, while the National Association of Record Merchandisers nominated his second album, "Scraps from the Future," for a Best Sellers Award.

Pauly has made several appearances in recent years as a recurring guest on Howard Stern's late-night show, as well as David Letterman's talk show. He tours the country with his stand-up comedy act.

In 2003, Shore produced, wrote, directed and starred in Pauly Shore Is Dead, a semi-autobiographical mockumentary, and in 2005 starred in the reality television series Minding the Store. His production company, Landing Patch Productions, has produced multiple films and specials: Natural Born Komics (2007), Adopted (2009), Vegas Is My Oyster (2011), and Pauly~tics (2012).

Currently, Pauly is working on Pauly Shore Stands Alone, a true-life road documentary that follows him as he performs in obscure towns throughout Wisconsin while dealing with his personal life back home. Pauly is also debuting a podcast series later this year: Pauly Shore’s Interested. In it, he interviews Arsenio Hall, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Former RNC Chair Michael Steele, Dodger’s pitcher Brian Wilson, and many many more. 

 


Appearing At:
The Comedy Works Show Room - Albany, NY
Tickets: $30.00 In Advance, $35.00 Day of the Show
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Tango Fusion Dance Comp - One Course - 4 classes
Dates: 12-31-2015

Tango Fusion Dance Company

The Newberry Music Hall - 388 Broadway - Saratoga 

Monday Nights - Bachata & Salsa classes

Tango Fusion Dance Company has been a staple in Saratoga Springs since 2006.  Founded by Diane Lachtrupp & Johnny Martinez, they have been featured in the New York Times and showcased in venues in Europe, North America & South America.  Always enthusiastic and passionate about latin dance, Diane & Johnny are known as the premier instructors in the Capital Region for Salsa & Bachata. 


Classes at The Newberry:  
Each Monday Tango Fusion Dance Company teaches a session of BACHATA at 6:30pm followed by both beginner & intermediate seasons of SALSA at 7:30pm.  Dancers can attend instruction for one or all each Monday.

REGISTER ONLINE
One course (4 classes) - $60.00 

Appearing At:
Newberry Music Hall
Tickets: $60.00 In Advance, $60.00 Day of the Show
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Tango Fusion Dance Company - 2 courses - 8 classes
Dates: 12-31-2015

Tango Fusion Dance Company

The Newberry Music Hall - 388 Broadway - Saratoga Springs

Bachata & Salsa Lessons - 2 courses - 8 lessons - $105.00

Tango Fusion Dance Company has been a staple in Saratoga Springs since 2006.  Founded by Diane Lachtrupp & Johnny Martinez, they have been featured in the New York Times and showcased in venues in Europe, North America & South America.  Always enthusiastic and passionate about latin dance, Diane & Johnny are known as the premier instructors in the Capital Region for Salsa & Bachata. 


Classes at The Newberry:  
Each Monday Tango Fusion Dance Company teaches a session of BACHATA at 6:30pm followed by both beginner & intermediate seasons of SALSA at 7:30pm.  Dancers can attend instruction for one or all each Monday.

REGISTER ONLINE
One course (4 classes) - $60.00 (selim - create a one course ticket button) l

Appearing At:
Newberry Music Hall
Tickets: $105.00 In Advance, $105.00 Day of the Show
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