Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that ever-hysterical comedians Paula Poundstone, Colin Quinn and Preacher Lawson will be performing live on the Bay Street stage as part of the return of the Comedy Club, Bay’s showcase Street of talented comedians and storytellers. During Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m., the ever-popular Paula Poundstone returns with her patented observational humor and spontaneous wit. Then, on Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m., the legendary Colin Quinn comes calling with his classic brand of cultural commentary. America’s Got Talent finalist Preacher Lawson wraps up comedy season Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office by calling 631 725 9500 Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24/7 on baystreet.org.
Paula Poundstone is known for her clever, observational humor and spontaneous wit that has become a legend. Time magazine, in the March 2020 “Best of” issue, listed Paula, Cats, Cops and Stuff’s HBO special as one of the 5 funniest stand-up specials of all time. Paula can be heard weekly as the host of the comedy podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone and as a regular panelist on NPR’s comedy news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Also an author, Paula’s second book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness (Algonquin) was one of eight semi-finalists for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition in the art of humor in the USA. The audiobook was one of five finalists for the AUDIE Award for Audiobook of the Year.
Comedian, actor and author Colin Quinn has become one of the most beloved voices in comedy, with an often focus on the roller coaster that American politics and culture has historically been. His beloved commentary on news headlines dates back to his popular 1990s series, hosting “Weekend Update” on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live and as host of the fan-favorite classic series of Comedy Central Tough Crowd starring Colin Quinn.
Colin’s HBO Max special Colin Quinn & Friends: A Parking Lot Comedy Show premiered on November 12, 2020. Part documentary and part stand-up, Colin headlines and directs the hour, which was shot at a revamped drive-in theater in Brooklyn on Sept. 1 with a socially distanced audience and an array of staples from New York’s comedy community. A stand-up time capsule during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Colin Quinn & Friends documents what live entertainment was like at the time and how those conditions affected the art form .
In addition to his special, Colin released his new book Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the Fifty States on St Martin’s Press on September 22, 2020. The book was included in NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020. Publishers Weekly writes “Quinn’s sardonic portrayal of America in decline will resonate with readers wary of ideological stalwarts on both right and left.” And Booklist said “For all 50 states, Quinn pulls off the remarkable feat of being both highly informative and highly entertaining. This delightful read comes highly recommended.”
Overstated just released their latest one-man show, Red State Blue State, which premiered in January 2019 to rave reviews at New York’s Minetta Lane Theater. The New Yorker hailed the hour as “among Quinn’s funniest yet” and The New York Times lovingly described Quinn as a “barstool philosopher”. The show aired on CNN as the network’s first comedy special in May 2019 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Red State Blue State followed the smash hit Colin Quinn: The New York Story, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, which earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.
The preacher Lawson was born in Portland, Oregon, but spent most of his teenage years in Memphis, Tennessee. He moved 20 times before he was 10, but if you asked him what city he’s from, he’d say Orlando, Florida, because that’s where he grew up as a comedian. Preacher is best known for his appearance on season 12 of NBC’s hit series, America’s Got Talent (2017) where he made it to the finals. Based on his outstanding performance in season 12, Preacher was invited to participate in America’s Got Talent: The Champions (2019) and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions (2019) where he qualified for the finals after receiving the most fan votes. Preacher was host of the Facebook series Watch World’s Most Amazing Dogs (2019) with George Lopez and Lisa Vanderpump and built a YouTube following of over 500,000 subscribers. In 2019, Preacher shot his first stand-up special which premiered on BET+ and continues to perform to sold-out venues across the country. Currently, Preacher can be seen on the NBC Connecting series and as a judge on the new Nickelodeon competition show Unleashed.
Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. All guests must present proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask upon entering the theater. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at baystreet.org.
Bay Street Theater is a year-round professional theater and non-profit community cultural center that strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.
Photo credits: Courtesy of Bay Street Theatre.
Pictured: Paula Poundstone