Friday, April 04, 2014

The First Laughs of April

Kiss This Entertainment started the Month of April off with a laugh on Wednesday April 2nd as they presented another installment of their weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA. A welcoming assortment of snacks along with a friendly bar tender who has become a mainstay fixture of the event named, Mike, greeted those who came to the venue to either share their talents or to indulge in the entertaining endeavors of others. A modest number of people eventually filled the space with many greetings shared among new and well established friends alike until it was time for the festivities to begin.

The evening’s master of ceremonies, Don Harlem took the stage to welcome those who came out to the show. He then set the mood for the evening by humorously reflecting on the properties of certain diets, the feces they produce, and how women should come with “Carfax” like documentation. While the effects of these amusing observations still permeated throughout the gathering, Mr. Harlem introduced the first comic for the evening.

As Chas stood before the microphone, he remarked how his first sharing before the group several weeks ago was his desire to obtain a joint and how everyone thought he was joking. After this humorous revelation, he went onto exploring the nature of some medical conditions which led to a Hip Hop performance which enlivened the crowd. Chas was followed by a comedian named, “Bill” who, in spite of appearing too young to be associated with such statements, began sharing his observations on “what’s wrong with these kids today.” However, his observations on the younger generation evolved around how their choices in drugs have throughout the years reflected a dissatisfaction and disrespect for established narcotics like heroine and cocaine in favor of new fangled drugs like those derived from bath salts. This observation gave the generational lamentable cliché a nice twist to it making his routine all the more thoughtfully amusing.

Bill was followed to the stage by Mike the bartender who recited a poem that detailed various sexual approaches and the adventures related to them. The work inspired many to focus so intently upon its meaning in lieu of everything else. In fact, there was one point where a member of the audience dropped her drink to the floor and unconsciously picked up the fallen ice in order to devour it. This poetic interlude was followed by the appearance of Brad to the stage who shared a number of his adventures with the crowd as they listened with a sense of wonderment. Brad was followed by a comedian named Tracy who shared a series of humorous stories about becoming older, the art (and dangers) of shaving one’s head, some childhood memories, and how best to utilize a $3000.00 an hour prostitute.

Tracy was followed to the stage by Lakisha Williams who explored a number of topics with the audience including those relating to parenting.  She was followed on stage by a comedian named, “Joe” who spoke on the word “homophobia” and how it seemed to be overly used. He also shared his childhood adventures emanating from his discovery of masturbation and how a jar of Vapor rub played a disastrous part in his early experimentations. Joe was followed to the stage by guitarist Justin O’Neil Rosario who is well known among those who frequent the venue during it’s weekly Open Mic Nites on Sunday Evening. Justin will be a part of the Sunday evening’s Open Mic All Star Show which is scheduled for Friday April 25th. Although he experienced some difficulties during his set, Justin’s performance faithfully reflected the outstanding qualities many have come to enjoy during his earlier performances with the additional introductions he gave in this venue enhancing the substance of the compositions considerably.

As Justin completed his set, Mike the Bartender came back to the stage to share another poem with the gathering. The poem he presented this time around proved to be a serious piece relating to the abuse and neglect one can be damaged by during one’s childhood. During the course of the evening’s and previous Comedy and Improv Open Mic events, a number of comedians included stories of disciplining children in ways some would be considered abusive. While comedy can serve society by allowing the tragedy of often psychologically traumatic situations or occurrences to be recognized and addressed through its humorous insulative anecdotes, the poem reminded many there are some topics not to be made trite of or to be showcased as if they were preferred modes of behavior.

The evening ended as Don Harlem came to the stage one final time to thank the performers and all who came to experience them for making it a memorable night. It was at this point did many share their farewells with one another along with their eagerness to attend next week’s event. You’ll be able to find more photographs taken during the Wednesday April 2nd Kiss This Entertainment’s Comedy and Improv Open Mic in The Living Room 2014 Gallery Part 2 at

Kiss This Entertainment was founded by Barbara Ayala who serves as its CEO. Besides presenting a weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room Stroudsburg, PA, Kiss This Entertainment offers DJ’s, Parties, and Catering to enhance any occasion. Their next Comedy and Improv Open Mic is scheduled to take place on Wednesday April 9th beginning at 8pm. While the event focuses on comedic performances, poets, musicians, and other performing artists are welcomed to participate. Other events Kiss This Entertainment will present at The Sherman Theater’s Living Room include their Spring Fling Comedy Show on Saturday April 19th beginning at 9pm with doors opening at 8pm. It is hosted by Matt Richards and will feature comedians George Gallo, Terry McNeely, and Hugh Daniel Murray IV. Please Explore Kiss This Entertainment Facebook Page for more information on this event, future Comedy and Improv Open Mic Nites, and all they have to offer the community

Besides housing the Kiss This Entertainment’s weekly Comedy and Improv Open Mic event, The Sherman Theater’s Living Room in Stroudsburg, PA will present an exhibition featuring the work of Leonard Boone, Ashley Fontones, Eric Goins, and Ben Schwartz with an Artists’ Reception on Saturday April 5th beginning at 6pm. Music for the reception will be presented by Kes Lyman and Olivia Zinn along with a “Perspective Objective!” Photo Contest, an Art Raffle, and an opportunity to make a donation to their Community Tree with proceeds benefiting the gallery. The exhibition will continue to be on display until April 30th.  The Sherman Theater’s Living Room also holds a weekly Open Mic Nite Series which occurs every Sunday Evening beginning at 7pm.

The Sherman Theater’s The Living Room is located on Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA. The venue is a non-profit artspace and community hub featuring live music, performance, and other events in an intimate setting at affordable prices. Please Explore The Living Room Facebook Page at for more information on The Living Room, all they have to offer, and how to be a part of it all.

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