Act II Playhouse Hosts a Weekend of Stand-Up Comedy

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Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents a weekend of stand-up comedy with nationally recognized comics, Jan. 11-12, 2013.


Three shows featuring four comics will grace the stage that weekend. Collectively, they have appeared on Comedy Central, NBC, CBS and ABC. 


On Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m., Dave Terruso opens and Chris Rich headlines. On Sat, Jan 12, there will be two shows, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ed Scanlan opens and Brad Trackman headlines both shows on Saturday. Bios for all four comics are below. Mike Donovan emcees all three performances.


Tickets for stand-up comedy shows are $20 per show for adults, $17 for seniors, $15 for subscribers, and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling the Act II Box Office at (215) 654-0200, in person at 56 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler, or online at http://www.act2.org. Box office hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.



Dave Terruso (opening act on Friday) is a stand-up comedian based in Philadelphia. He works at Helium Comedy Club, where he has opened for acts including Richard Lewis and Charlie Murphy. He is the co-founder of Philly Sketchfest, a national sketch comedy festival now in its fifth year; Philly Sketchfest is part of Comedy Month, the biggest festival in Philadelphia dedicated solely to comedy. He is half of the sketch comedy duo Animosity Pierre, official selection of the 2010 San Francisco Sketchfest and the 2010 Chicago Sketchfest. His sketch comedy has been praised in Time Magazine and the Preston and Steve Morning Show.


Chris Rich (headliner on Friday): As a result of winning the prestigious Ladies of Laughter Contest, a national comedy competition held at Caesar's Palace, Chris was given a long-running spot on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." She's also appeared as a featured comedian on ABC's "The View" and on The Lifetime Network. She's worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Sherman Hemsley, Joy Behar, Gilbert Gottfried, Roseanne, and Tony Danza, to name a few. Chris is recognized in the comedy circuit for her natural inclination to improvise on stage and to try to "never do the same show twice" by exploring the unique subculture that makes up every audience, from the Annual Meetings of Law Offices to the Holiday Parties of Psychiatric Societies. 


Ed Scanlan (opening act on Saturday) has been tearing up the stand-up scene for over two years, but he's been making people laugh since tickling his mother with gas bubbles in utero. His comedy spans the spectrum from self-deprecation (he's had a receding hairline since grade school), to absurdist analogies (how is a female orgasm similar to a Rubix Cube?). He's a fan of George Carlin, Stephen Wright, long walks on the beach, and run-on sentences. Scanlan's act will definitely make you laugh, possibly make you guffaw, and certainly make you question what the hell is going on inside that bald head of his!


Brad Trackman (headliner on Saturday) is a NYC comedian with universal appeal. He has made national television appearances on NBC's "Later" and "Friday Night", CBS's "Star Search", ABC's "NY Comedy Festival", Metro TV's "New Joke City" hosted by Robert Klein, Comedy Central's "Heroes Of Jewish Comedy & Stand Up Stand Up", MTV's "The Buried Life" and his own commercial campaign for Spike Television where he played the fictitious presidential elect Biff Wolinski. Trackman has also done numerous television appearances in Canada on the "Mike Bullard Show" and in Holland on the "Comedy Factory" and the "Raymaan Is Laat Show." Trackman headlines around the country playing the best venues such as the "DC Improv" where he recorded both of his CDs ("Safecracker" and "Live at the DC Improv"). Both CDs have received critical acclaim and were produced by XM Radio's comedy program director, Joel Haas. Trackman is played regularly and has had specials (featuring his CDs) on both XM and Sirius radio. Other venues Trackman headlines include "The Improv" (Las Vegas, Nevada), "Tommy T's" (Pleasonton, California), "The Stardome" (Hoover, Alabama), "Hilarities" (Cleveland, Ohio), Helium Comedy Club (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and the legendary "Punchline" (San Francisco, California). Brad's first performance ever at "Punchline" was to a sold out room where he soon won a standing ovation 


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