Friday, March 24, 2017
West Building Lobby (Preshow happy hour at the Wine Bar)
If you’re like us, you’ve always wondered what would happen if an art gallery and a comedy club had a baby. And even if you’re not like us, surely you could use a laugh. That’s the idea behind _ art Jokes, the Museum’s first-ever “gallery tour comedy show.” Six North Carolina comedians use works in the permanent collection as jumping-off points for jokes, insights, and surprises. Adam Cohen, co-founder of Raleigh comedy showcase The Dangling Loafer, hosts the most absurd late-night gallery tour you’ve ever experienced.
Come early and make preshow dining reservations at Iris, at (919) 664-6838. Last reservation for comedy attendees at 7:30 pm.
Adam Cohen’s life is a joke. He is a stand-up comedian and was runner-up in the 2015 North Carolina’s Funniest Person contest. He is also a visual artist, animator, and director. He is co-founder of The Dangling Loafer comedy showcase in Raleigh and created the animated YouTube channel Your Pal Adam. His other comedic dabblings have included syndication selection of his daily comic strip “Herschel” by Creators Syndicate and co-creation of “Major Flake,” an animated pilot for Cartoon Network.
Mike Mello is a one-man Triangle comedy institution. For over 15 years, he’s performed at Goodnight’s Comedy Club and nationally. Mello has toured with Tracy Morgan and Russell Peters and has opened for Dave Chappelle, Dave Attell, D. H. Hugely, and Ralphie May, among others.
Chad Cosby is a comedian based in Carrboro. He won the 2015 Carolina’s Funniest Comic contest and has opened for Kyle Kinane, Kurt Braunohler, Ron Funches, and Jamie Kilstein. Before moving to North Carolina, he performed in theaters, clubs, and barns throughout Vermont.
Pat McLeod co-founded No Nonsense Comedy, a weekly stand-up showcase in Greensboro. He has performed at state functions, gay bars, black fraternity groups, comedy clubs, sports bars, restaurants, coffee houses, private parties, and college classrooms. Pat recently came in third at The Laughing Gas comedy club’s year-end comedy contest and second place in Greensboro’s Ultimate Comic Challenge.
Shane Smith is a Raleigh-based comedian who is equally adept at stand-up and improv. He is the co-founder of The Dangling Loafer comedy showcase and has opened for Myq Kaplin, Charlie Murphy, Ali Siddiq, Kevin McDonald, and Ralphie May, among others. He’s also an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer.
Sam Mazany is a comedian from Raleigh. His material contains a collection of stories from his life, board game jokes, and observations about movies long past their prime. He has opened for Dave Attell, Steve Rannazzisi, and Guy Torry and is a regular at Goodnight’s Comedy Club.
A senior at Chapel Hill High School, Maddie Wiener has been doing stand-up around the Triangle for two years, performing at Goodnights Comedy Club, The Idiot Box, the Charlotte Comedy Zone, and other venues around North Carolina.