Karate Sleepover To Present Local Comedy Showcase April 28

Karate Sleepover, a locally based entertainment group comprised of several area comedians, will present its first ever Local Comedy Showcase in its new home at the Studio Metro Theater — located inside the Spire Theater at 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown — on Saturday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m. From left are Daniel Davis, Paul Clemente, MW Barrick, Jeremy Little and Jim Drain. Submitted photo

As Jamestown continues its efforts to brand itself a “comedy town,” a cadre of local comedians are preparing to host a showcase for local, homegrown comedic talent.

Karate Sleepover, a locally based entertainment group comprised of several area comedians, will present its first ever Local Comedy Showcase in its new home at the Studio Metro Theater — located inside the Spire Theater at 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown — on Saturday, April 28, from 7-9 p.m.

The two-hour showcase will have light appetizers, beer, wine, cheese and laughs provided by a lineup that includes Teal Weatherley, Daniel Davis, Kipp Reynolds, Jeremy Little and Paul Clemente. The event will be hosted by Jamestown advocate and decorated slam poet Autumn Echo.

According to Clemente, a founding member of Karate Sleepover, the local comedy scene has grown exponentially since the group’s formation last year, and the showcase is a means of introducing the community at large to what has been developing during that time.

“There are so many funny people in this area, and the support and collaboration within the local arts and entertainment scene here in Jamestown is unreal,” Clemente said. “Our goal is to be a nice alternative to the A-list comedians who visit Jamestown, and our local poets, musicians, artists and comedians all seem to have one unified goal in mind. I feel the talent here is strong enough that we don’t have to always be looking elsewhere for competent comedians. This show has a great cross-section of styles to entertain the audience.”

Clemente said the main goal of Karate Sleepover is to build and grow the Jamestown comedy scene from within. Now headquartered in the Studio Metro, he said the group will be able to offer a different experience to its audiences against the backdrop of a “retro, industrial-chic” performance space.

“The table service and environment will give people a new experience in a setting to enjoy comedy,” he said.

Tickets are available at $7 for presale and $10 at the door. Tables for two can be purchased in advance for $25, and tables of four for $45.

For more information on Karate Sleepover’s Local Comedy Showcase on Saturday, April 28, find the event on Facebook.

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