I think the key to their success was pulling The Villages and people in the audience into their acts. It was obvious the comedians had done their homework and knew their audience well. One of the funniest parts of the evening came when Carol asked an audience member where she was going on vacation and the response was, “Cleveland.” That one answer was referenced throughout the evening and left everyone laughing.
Carol led off the evening with her comical comparisons of men and women. She also drew lots of laughter when she claimed she could totally win the “Miss Neurosis Pageant,” saying her talent would be “jumping to the wrong conclusions.” An award-winning comic, she gave no ground to residents and had them laughing about going everywhere in golf carts, having enough clubs for a small city, and agreeing it was the “friendliest hometown.”
Admitting it was the first time in five years she’d been on a stage, Brett began a little slow but eventually found her groove. Though she brought out her expensive jewelry to show the audience, the comedian was wearing a necklace made by her 12-year-old necklace. She talked a lot about her nieces and nephews, and I’m sure their antics reminded the audience of grandchildren. The popular comedian is probably best remembered for her TV show, “Grace Under Fire,” but it’s obvious she hasn’t lost her love or her skill for standup comedy.
I have to say the highlight of the evening for me was Mark Schiff. It’s easy to see why he’s currently touring with Jerry Seinfield. He’s sharp and caustic, and his comedy is material that most of us can relate to. Mark, a native New Yorker, was a little surprised at all the friendly waving he got while going around town. One of his funniest moments was talking about conversations with his grandfather who came from the old country. “Where is the Old Country?” he asked, telling the audience he wanted to go there because you could do anything and do it better than anyone else. Most of his humor related to family issues and we all recognized ourselves in that.
The best part for many audience members was meeting Carol and Mark in the lobby after the show and having photos made with them. Getting up close and personal with great entertainers is always fun. I grabbed the photo above while we were leaving.
This was a great evening for me and my friends. We enjoyed a pre-show dinner and a wonderful show filled with hilarious entertainment. I don’t know what you’ve got on your schedule this summer, but don’t forget about getting tickets for all the great shows coming to The Sharon. Ethel’s Merman’s Broadway and Jon Secada are scheduled for August, and the great Howie Mandel will be there in September.