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The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) Written by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor Directed by Jerry Kernion Starring Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg, and Mark Jacobson March 22 – April 23 Tickets on Sale Feb. 22 From the high-brow to the low, this fast-paced ride covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Moliere to Vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show. Find answers to the age-old questions, “Who’s on first?” and “Why did the chicken cross the road?” No joke is left untold as the talented trio deconstruct and put back together the entire history of comedy. Warning: The side effects of this play may include groan-worthy humor, uncontrollable laughter, and painful running-gags. “A wild, wild ride! It’s funny. Really, really funny…and most of all, it’s really, really smart.” – Cincinnati Enquirer “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is a master class in the art form.” – Broadway World “Audacious, often outrageous and bawdy, the frantic pacing of “Comedy” reminds you of an old-time burlesque or vaudeville review.” – Boston Stages Falcon Theatre 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505 Box Office 818-955-8101


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"This showcase, written by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor, and directed by Jerry Kernion, is thin on the above noted “plot”, but thick on fast paced comic action, performed vaudeville style!"

"Hit-or-miss as its jokes may be, The Complete History Of Comedy (Abridged) provides more than enough of them to make it a laugh-getter, if not if not the nonstop laughfest its title might suggest."

"The dialogue was witty, the references were intelligent, and the clever costumes by Master Costume Designer A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, made this an easy task for Director Jerry Kernion to steer this production into an award-winning adventure."

"It’s fast and furious with these three skilled actors embracing their inner Rambozo (the first comic?) and through him, they engender the entire audience with the permission to laugh."

"So much of the show is wildly funny and pokes at so many different elements of our world including the Catholic Church and, of course, our fine politicians. As is so often the case when looking objectively at our world you can either cry or laugh, but it is proven that laughter is actually physically healthier so in the case of this particular show it will do you more good than the same amount of time at the gym. And I am happy to report that what is so often overlooked in the theatrical world, this show actually pokes fun at politicians of both political parties."

"Brilliantly cast and directed ‘The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)’ takes you on a journey of the genre from  Aristophanes, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare,  the Daily Show and even Jesus Christ with lots of contemporary political humor and  comedy dell arte interspersed."

"Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg, and Mark Jacobson ... make the evening worthwhile with their excessive talent for comedy, quick actions, unbelievable fast costume changes, and stage presence that makes one feel as if they are speaking directly to you."

"Our capable pranksters offered personality-packed double-takes as they persevered while spouting a plethora of puerile puns without puffing and panting."

"It is said, “If you smile, it is amusing.  If you laugh, it is funny.”  And, in the name of the knock, knock joke, the riddle, and double entendre, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged)will tickle your funny bone.  This is the fifth and final show in the Falcon Theatre's 2016-2017 Season.  And what a fabulous show it is with laughs and fun.  Isn’t that the way you want to spend an evening of theatre?  Yes, it is!!!"

"Director Jerry Kernion gives us a show that exemplifies the importance of comedy and more specifically how, especially in this day and age, it offers us a much-needed release from the stresses of everyday life."

"Stephen Gifford’s set is just about perfect, setting a specific tone from the very start and facilitating all those costume changes. Those costumes, by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, and Warren Casey’s many and varied comic props, do as much as absolutely possible to make this show as funny as it is."

"It’s an entertaining night out, with lots of laughs, great performances by the trio, and excellent directing and stage setup by the entire crew. Recommended for adults and teenage audiences."

"Sticking to the comedy rule “Get in. Get the laugh. Get out,” the show written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor is pure amusement, with a much anticipated “pie in your face” finale. The hilarity is directed by Jerry Kernion, returning to the Falcon after the success of The Complete History of America (Abridged), which he helmed last year."

"As its title suggests, The Complete History of Comedy [Abridged] is an incomplete chronicle of what makes people laugh and those jesters who deliberately induce said laughter, from ancient times until today."

"The cast is the thing - great chemistry, great comic timing, great physical dexterity..."

"I grew up with comedy and I am so sick of seeing comedies being anything but funny. The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) that is playing now at the Falcon Theatre is not only funny, it is a hysterical, hilarious and it made me laugh my tush off. My abs still hurt from laughing so hard."


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