You could see the next Amy Schumer or Kevin Hart when the Strand-Capitol brings its new comedy club concept to the Capitol Theatre in October.
The idea is to bring rising professional comedians that have national pedigrees to York on the first and third Thursday of every month, Strand-Capitol President and CEO Todd Fogdall said. And you can see them for $15 – just a little more than the price of a movie ticket.
“These (comedians) are people that in many cases have 10 to 15 years of professional stand-up experience,” Fogdall said. “They've been on 'Late Night' shows or they've been on other national television or they've been on Comedy Central."
They might not be the types of names that will jump off the page to people because they’re still looking for their big break, he said. But they will be funny.
The Strand is working with Comedy Zone Worldwide – a Charlotte, N.C. based company that owns and operates comedy clubs all over the nation – to book an interesting mix of comedians each month.
The CapComedy series will open Oct. 6 with Jody Kerns, a mother of five in her late 50s who talks about everything from motherhood to marital relationships.
Then, former truck driver and motorcyclist Julie Scoggins takes the mic on Oct. 20 with a blue-collar comedy style. And DS Sanders follows on Nov. 3 with an interactive, upbeat, fast-paced set with a Chris Rock-feel.
“It’s a cool opportunity to potentially see comedians that could one day very likely be very big names,” Fogdall said.
Each show will feature two comedians – a headliner and a feature act.
Here’s a look at the lineup for the first three months:
Fogdall said he’s excited to bring so many different perspectives and styles of comedy to a city that doesn’t currently offer regular, high-quality stand-up shows.
“We think we have the perfect space for it in the Capitol Theatre,” he said. “The intimacy, the real classic feel the Capitol brings, to be able to provide the bar and concessions and things people are looking for … We just think this is something that the county and community is going to really latch on to.”
All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and should be wrapped up by 9 p.m.
“If someone needs to work the next day, it won’t be a super late night,” Fogdall said.
The series is recommended for adults 17 and up.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 and can be purchased by calling 717-846-1111 or visiting strandcapitol.org.