Heavy hitting improvisers from The Second City, iO and Upright Citizens Brigade return to Vermont to benefit The Stern Center!
GREAT IF YOU ENJOY...Saturday Night Live, Whose Line it is, Anyway?, 30 Rock, The Daily Show
ABOUT THE SHOW
It's the 3rd annual Laughter for Learning series to benefit The Stern Center for Language and Learning! Vermont Comedy Club presents two nights of shows featuring a quartet of world-class performers (three of whom are originally from Shelburne, VT!). The cast includes Steve Waltien, a veteran of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago and a writer/performer on Jon Stewart's new HBO project in New York; Ben Rameaka of The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater; Andrew Knox of The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Kate James of Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy group Schadenfreude.
Proceeds from this series will support the Stern Center’s Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence, which brings customized instruction to learners and professional opportunities to educators. To learn more about The Stern Center's work, read below - and visit www.sterncenter.org.
Wed, May 23rd @ 7PM // $25
Wed, May 23rd @ 8:30PM* // $10
Thurs, May 24th @ 7PM // $25
Thurs, May 24th @ 8:30PM** // $10
* Wed 8:30PM show will feature additional improvisers from the VCC improv program, performing with the quartet
** Thurs 8:30PM show will feature VCC MainStage improv team The Unmentionables, performing with the quartet
Taxes and fees apply. To purchase tickets, select the date/time in upper right, then enter quantity & click "Add to Cart." No physical tickets will be mailed; simply bring your confirmation to the box office the night of the performance.
ABOUT THE CAST
Steve Waltien is a Shelburne, VT native and graduate of Middlebury College. Steve currently lives in New Jersey where he is a staff writer and performer for Jon Stewart's new HBO project. Steve is an alum of The Second City Mainstage in Chicago where he also wrote and performed many shows at the iO theater. You can see him touring the world with The Improvised Shakespeare Company and you may have caught him on screen in things like 'The Second City Project', 'Chicago PD' or the recent Mike Birbiglia film 'Don't Think Twice.' Steve sends his love and thanks to Kate and Thomas and his wonderful mom and dad.
Kate James is a New York based comedy writer and improvisor. Writing credits include: The Second City Guide to the Opera, starring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart, Lyric Opera's 60th Anniversary Gala starring Jane Lynch and Renee Fleming, The Art of Falling, a collaboration between The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, and co-creating the national tour of The Realish Housewives of ______!
Kate is a founding member of the sketch comedy group Schadenfreude, performs with the all female improv group Virgin Daiquiri at iO Chicago, created a viral video where she plays a very drunk Cubs fan, and has the pleasure of writing funny stuff for Sir Patrick Stewart to say. Kate is an honorary Vermonter thanks to her lovely husband Steve Waltien and his incredibly cool family.
Andrew Knox is excited to be back performing in Vermont! A Shelburne native and Rice graduate, Andrew currently lives in Chicago where he performs on The Second City Etc stage. Other credits include the Off-Broadway production of BLANK! The Musical (New World Stages), The Improvised Shakespeare Company (iO Theater), and Baby Wants Candy. He’d like to thank all of the teachers, coaches, and directors he’s had over the years, as well as Mom, Dad, Amanda, Tyler, and Catherine for their unending love and support.
Ben Rameaka is an improviser, actor and voice over artist raised in Shelburne, VT. He played James Whippy in Amazon.com's series "Alpha House" and "Stratton Broker #6" in Martin Scorcese's Wolf of Wall Street. A veteran performer and teacher at New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade, he co-hosts UCB's Hot for Teacher every Wednesday night and performs with his UCB house team Airwolf every Saturday night in the East Village. He’s also been in a bunch of commercials that you have definitely seen and definitely don’t remember.
ABOUT THE STERN CENTER
The Stern Center was founded in 1983 by Dr. Blanche Podhajski as a nonprofit learning center dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential.
Many people who struggle with reading, writing, and mathematics do not learn the same way as those who easily achieve literacy. Stern Center professionals evaluate and teach all kinds of learners, including those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorders.
The Stern Center is committed to helping individuals identify their learning strengths as well as their needs and to finding solutions that allow everyone to learn.
The Stern Center evaluates and teaches more than 900 children and adults each year including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, autism, attention deficit disorders, and learning style differences.
*** IMPORTANT TICKETING & POLICY INFO ***
TICKETS: Vermont Comedy Club works with a will-call system, meaning we do not print physical tickets. To gain entry, simply check in at the box office the night of the show with your ticket confirmation (printout or phone) or a valid ID.
LATE ENTRY: Entering the room mid-show is distracting. Please be respectful and arrive on time! If you arrive at a show more than 30 minutes after the scheduled showtime, you WILL NOT be admitted and will not be issued a refund. (Unless otherwise indicated, doors open 30 minutes before showtime.)
AUDIENCE ETIQUETTE: We want EVERYONE to have a good time. We encourage you to laugh a lot and interact with performers when invited to do so. During the show, please DO NOT chat with friends or shout unsolicited things at the performers. Disruptive patrons WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE and will not receive a refund.
REFUNDS: We do not provide ticket refunds! No exceptions. If the venue or performer has to reschedule a show, you will be given the option to transfer your ticket to the new show date or get a credit for the same amount to a future show at VCC.