NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2012

Get some ha-has for the holidays


Newburyport Daily News

---- — PORTSMOUTH — Comedy Central funny-guy Juston McKinney returns to the stage of The Music Hall’s Historic Theater for a one-night-only send-up of the holidays in A Merry Funny New England Christmas 2012. The event features new comics, new material and new music by the Gaudy Baubles.

“A Merry Funny New England Christmas 2012 is the best way to put some funky fun into this season of joy,” said Therese LaGamma, deputy director of programming. “It’s a hilarious holiday extravaganza. And I can’t wait to hear Juston’s comic take on 2012 New England happenings. This show is a blast!”

The plot goes like this: Due to snow on the ground in Boston, it looks like McKinney won’t make it back home to New England for Christmas from Vegas. Allegedly, he said that he “wished he never lived.” When his Guardian Angel, Lawrence, sets out to show him what the world would be like without him, it becomes clear that everyone would have been better off!

The show, by the way, is for adult audiences.

McKinney hails from Portsmouth and Maine. When his comedic career began to pick up, he relocated to New York City, where he became a regular performer at the Comic Strip, Stand-up New York, Dangerfield’s, Caroline’s on Broadway and the Gotham Comedy Club.

Later in Los Angeles, he became a regular at the Improv. His TV credits include numerous shows on Comedy Central, including his half-hour presents special and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has toured with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour: Next Generation, hosted by Bill Engvall, which aired on TBS, and was released by Warner Bros. on DVD/CD. His latest release is his own one-hour Comedy Central special, “A Middle-class Hole” with Warner Brothers.

Guest comic Frank Santorelli is an Italian-American best known for playing the recurring role of “Georgie the Bartender” in The Sopranos. Santorelli also is well known for his starring role in The Godfathers of Comedy. He starred in numerous movies, including, “No Reservations,” “Meet the Parents” and “Crooked Lines.”

Guest comic Kelly MacFarland has an extensive resume, including comedy clubs, theaters, colleges and multiple television appearances including Comedy Central, Today Show and Cartoon Network. In 2010, Kelly was voted Best of the Fest at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival. She released her first album, “Bombshell,” in 2011 and her second album will be released in 2013. Most recently, she has appeared on the TV Guide Channel’s Stand-up in Stilettos with Kate Flannery from “The Office.” MacFarland captivates the crowd with her charm and non-stop energy. Her playful point of view makes her irresistible and a must see!

Guest comic Jeff Koen has performed standup comedy in and around the Boston area for the past five years. He also plays a high comic role in the independent film “Heavy Times,” which the themancave.com called, “an original road trip flick unlike any that have come before it.” In 2011 Koen won the O’Brien Contest in the greater Boston area, beating out a field on 40 professional comedians.

Under the guidance of Music Hall Music Director Bob Lord, the Gaudy Baubles is a rocking holiday quintet with a stunning vocalist that will treat the audience to everything from traditional Christmas chestnuts to hysterical musical spoofs and parodies. Bandleader Bob Lord is a bassist, composer, producer and CEO of PARMA Recordings. He has produced artists such as Grammy-winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan, and NY Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and co-produced with Pete Townshend of The Who.

If You go

What: A Merry Funny New England Christmas, 2012

Where: The Music Hall of Portsmouth, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H.

When: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21

How: Tickets are $40; $28. Call the Music Hall Box office, 603-433-3100, or visit www.themusichall.org.