to the plate for Emerson
Emerson College has its share of famous alumni. Many of them are
stand-up comics: Steven Wright, Denis Leary, David Cross. But there are no baseball
players. To give them a fighting chance, Wright and Jimmy Tingle will headline
a benefit for Emerson's team on Wednesday at Tingle's Off Broadway theater in
Davis Square, Somerville. Most of the proceeds will go toward helping the team,
which competes regionally but is underfunded, take a trip to Florida this summer.
will be the first spring trip ever for the program," says head coach Mitch Lebowitz.
you want to be a competitive program in the Northeast, you've got to take your
kids on a Southern trip to get ready." The trouble is that Emerson's athletic
budget can't support the trip. "The baseball team never has any money," says Tingle.
"Emerson's not really known for its baseball team."
Tingle got involved
because his nephew Garrett Tingle Jr. played for the Emerson Lions last year and
is a team captain this year. Lebowitz got in touch with Tingle and asked if he
could help and if he knew of any Emerson alumni who also might want to get involved.
"I said, `As a matter of fact, I do' " says Tingle. He gave Wright a call, and
"he said he'd love to do it."
The fund-raiser's atmosphere will be festive,
with local rib joint Redbones catering a dinner before the show. By Tingle's estimation,
this will be the first time he and Wright headline a bill together since Tingle's
first paid gig in the early 1980s. (Emily Singer will open the show.)
great to be doing a fund-raiser, it's great to be working with Steve Wright,"
says Tingle. "The neighborhood's going to love it. That's one of the things I
love about having a theater. I can do things like this."
The dinner begins
at 6 p.m., the show at 7:30. Tickets, which cover the buffet, are $40 ($20 for
students). For more information, call 617-591-1616.
clowns in Merrimac A lot of class clowns become comedians. A bunch of them
will get an early start on a career tomorrow at the Broad Street Grille in Merrimac,
which presents "Class Clowns: High School Stand-up Comedy." The show will feature
eight budding comics and will be hosted by Boston veteran Jim Colliton. The program
will start before the night's regularly scheduled evening of headline performers,
Colliton, John David, and Steve Guilmette.
The idea is to allow the teens
to perform in a safe environment in front of their peers.
"It gives the
kids a chance to be in front of a pretty good-sized crowd, and they get to perform
with a professional," says Mike Smith, a teacher and aspiring comic who runs a
comedy class at Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H. Three of his
students will be on the bill. "I just think it's a great opportunity for the kids
to perform not only in front of the school crowd but to get out on a real stage,"
Club owner Joe DeGloria, who organized the show along with comedian
Dave Rattigan, says he's happy to open up his place, which is more of a family
restaurant than a true nightclub, to the students and their families. Though most
of the performers will be onstage for the first time, some of them are regulars
at the Grill's Thursday night open mike.
"They can't go into Boston and
get up there on open mike night in a 21-and-over club," says DeGloria. "There's
no place for them to go to explore this type of thing."
and medicine If your doctor seems suddenly funny after this weekend, he
might be stealing material from Dr. Stu Silverstein. He'll be performing Tuesday
as part of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies' "Humor & Medicine: You Must
be Joking," at Cloud Place in Boston. The event is billed as a night of "jazz,
networking, and humor" for medical professionals, but it's also open to the public.
main gig working in emergency pediatric medicine keeps him away from comedy clubs,
but he often performs and lectures to medical professionals and founded MedHumor
Presentations to help doctors improve their bedside manner. "My message to doctors
is to lighten up and use humor, not only for yourself but for the patients," says
Silverstein. "You need an outlet. That allows you to go back and be more compassionate
Around town Henry Rollins
brings his spoken word tour to the Berklee Performance Center tonight. . . . Bobby
Collins plays the Comedy Connection tonight and tomorrow, in support of "I Wanna
Go Home," the CD he recorded at the club last March. . . . Mike Donovan headlines
Nick's Kowloon in Saugus tonight and tomorrow. . . . Peter Dutton, Brian Gordon,
Malissa Hunt, Josh Iverson, Myq Kaplan, Dan Sally, Max Silvestri, and Abe Smith
play the Comedy Studio tomorrow.
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