Picklesburgh gets funnier by adding a comedy show
PITTSBURGH — As if wall-to-wall pickles weren’t fun enough, the Picklesburgh Festival is looking for more laughs next month by teaming up with the National Comedy Center for a comedy concert.
So laugh fans, get ready to savor the “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase,” a kick-off event highlighting four up-and-coming comic books, on July 14 at the Byham Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Jackie Fabulous, who captured America’s hearts as a semi-finalist on the 2019 season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and was also featured on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” “Gotham Comedy Live,” The Arsenio Hall Show”, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network and headlining many top comedy clubs nationwide.
Sammy Obeid, host of “100 Humans” on Netflix, who appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, as well as “CONAN” on TBS,and best known for his world-record comedy performance 1,001 nights in a row.
Rojo Perez, who made his late-night debut on TBS’s “CONAN,” becoming the first Puerto Rican comedian to do so, and recently received a standing ovation on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He was featured in Huffington Post’s first LatinX stand-up special and Comedy Central’s “Funny ‘Cause It’s True.”
Steven Rogers, who appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” and has a popular anxiety-themed podcast with fellow comedian Andrew Schiavone called “Panic Attacking.” His new album, “Before He Was Super,” recorded at the National Comedy Center, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show go on sale Friday at noon, priced from $20 to $60, with each ticket holder eligible for half the price of single admission to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, plus a $10 dill good for any single person. buy from an official Picklesburgh bar or festival merchandise. John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck of the popular Pittsburgh podcast “YaJagoff,” and the nightly radio show “YaJagoff” recently launched on Pittsburgh radio station Q92, will host.
Ticket holders can also purchase their limited-edition pickle beer specially crafted for Picklesburgh, the annual pickle celebration, July 15-17 in downtown Pittsburgh.
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Organizers are thrilled to partner with the National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, near Chautauqua, NY. This comedy museum includes karaoke and artifacts from famous comedians, like the puffy shirt from “Seinfeld.”
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“Pickles are just kinda funny, and we’ve been giggling and moaning with bad pickle puns since Picklesburgh launched,” said Russell Howard, vice president of special events and development for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. . “We could all use a good laugh these days, so we wanted to bring the lighthearted spirit of Picklesburgh further into the city centre. And the partnership with the nation’s premier institution dedicated to comedy brings real comedic credibility into the mix.
National Comedy Center executive director Journey Gunderson said the Pittsburgh event was a good fit.
“We are thrilled to share this night of laughter and hope Pittsburgh residents will also visit our state-of-the-art interactive museum celebrating comedy – located just hours from Jamestown,” Gunderson said in a press release.
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Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected].