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All the world’s a stage

The cast of “Otello” takes a final bow at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg, NY.
Photo by Kent Fairfield


June 28, 2012

With a bit of rest after last week’s whirlwind tour of the region, I was able to begin anew and zipped around the four corners, in search of entertainment. Having taken a lengthy hiatus from Rich Kiamco’s traveling Comedy Club (www.thelaughtour.com), I was newly excited to make my way to the Nutshell in Lake Huntington (www.nutshellarts.com ), which has become a monthly home for Manhattan’s up-and-coming comics, who often test new material on the (sometimes) unsuspecting audience that the tour attracts.

Kiamco’s tireless efforts to attract a crowd have paid off handsomely, since these events are always well attended, and I saw a lot of fresh faces in the room. Guest hostess Jordan Elizabeth (www.3dudesandabroad.com), who looked almost too young to be performing in a bar, sparkled while warming up the crowd, and performed a solid, amusing set before welcoming Kiamco to the stage. Kiamco is a seasoned performer, and although it’s time (IMHO) for some fresh material, always amuses with his observations that emphasize his Filipino heritage, family, gay pride and (this time out) his new marriage.

Handing the mic to writer/comedian Naomi Ekperigin (“you had me at hello”), who has coined a new term by describing herself as a “Blacktress,” riffed on her “fish out of water” experience here in the Upper Delaware valley (“I am sooo not a nature girl”) and the sea of “lily white” faces in the room. Funny and fresh, Ekperigin’s set “killed” (as they say in comedy) and her act segued nicely into headliner Yannis Pappas’ high energy, hilarious performance that made me an instant fan. His no-holds-barred commentary on politics, the gays of Sullivan County (dot com), attendee Dharma the wonder dog, and his discomfort with country life was frenetic and funny, and once again, The Laugh Tour hit a home run. Future dates can be found on the website. Pappas’ observation that the “old days of Catskill comics has been revived” is accurate.