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Comedy Series returns to VPAC

Date: January 9, 2024
Author: Cat Hayes
Get Ready to Laugh with VPAC’s Comedy Series

The VPAC is bringing the belly laughs again with its 2024 comedy lineup. Four celebrated comedians will take the stage throughout the winter season. Patrons can laugh along with Dan Ahdoot on Jan. 24, Ari Shaffir on Feb. 28, Nick Swardson on March 3, and Mike Birbiglia on March 27.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center has made a name for itself by hosting a prolific lineup of laugh-getters, with memorable past performances from the likes of Robin Williams, Jay Leno, David Spade, Wanda Sykes, and Craig Ferguson.

“The Comedy Series is always a highlight,” notes VPAC executive director, Cameron Morgan.

VPAC’s intimate setting is ideal for standup, making the theater’s Comedy Series even more appealing. When he performed in 2019, Howie Mandel noted, “This place feels more like a small group going out for coffee than a show!” With just 535 acoustically-enhanced seats arranged in a horseshoe layout, views of the stage are unobstructed and attendees are treated to a rare immersive experience. Guests are never more than 80 feet from the onstage performers.

“We talk a lot about how the acoustics of the VPAC are so incredible for live music, but hearing the whole theater laugh together is an amazing sound,” adds Morgan. “The comedians you’ll enjoy this winter at the VPAC are going to rock the house, and each of these performances will be a night to remember.”

Dan Ahdoot will perform on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. and is part of VPAC’s 3/5/8 winter ticket package. 🎟️ Learn more at vilarpac.org/packages.

Multitalented standup comic, actor, writer, and producer, Ahdoot takes the stage with nothing but a mic and his infectious wit, shedding light on everyday life and its absurdities with his unique perspective. A national headlining comedian, Ahdoot performs regularly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. The author of “Undercooked” is also a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show,” and has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” Ahdoot is currently acting on Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” and hosts the food podcast “Green Eggs and Dan.” This show is appropriate for mature audiences only (18+).

Nick Swardson performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Sunday, March 3, 2024
Nick Swardson is one of four comics to bring their humor to the VPAC this season. See Nick on March 3 at 7 p.m.

Ari Shaffir brings his Wrong Side of History Tour to the VPAC stage on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. 🎟️

Shaffir is an American stand-up comedian known for numerous appearances on the Joe Rogan podcast, and his last special, “Jew,” which garnered almost 6 million views and appeared on the New York Times best specials of the year list. Shaffir created and hosted the Comedy Central show “This is Not Happening,” has a Netflix special called “Double Negative,” and a Comedy Central special called “Paid Regular.” A favorite in the comedy podcast world, Shaffir has appeared on “WTF with Marc Maron,” “The Adam Carolla Show,” “Your Mom’s House,” “2 Bears 1 Cave,” Theo Von’s podcast, Andrew Schulz’s podcast, “TigerBelly,” and many more. His podcast, “Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank,” is a weekly chart-topper. Shaffir’s show is for very mature audiences only (21+) and includes offensive material that might be considered inappropriate to some.

Comedian Nick Swardson performs live on Sunday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. 🎟️

A comedian, actor, writer and producer, Swardson has found success on the small and silver screens in addition to the live stage. Swardson tours regularly on a bill with Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Rob Schneider, and appears as a regular guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and “Conan.” Swardson’s latest special on Netflix is part of COMEDIANS of the World; he was one of four comedians selected to represent the U.S. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, Swardson quickly became a fixture in the company’s films. He co-produced and appeared in a number of films. This show is appropriate for mature audiences only (18+).

Mike Birbiglia’s Please Stop the Ride lands at the VPAC on Wednesday, March 27 at 6:00 p.m. 🎟️

This celebrated comedian, storyteller, director, and actor is one of the great comedic storytellers of our time, masterfully turning simple moments of humanity into subjects worth careful observation and a good laugh. Audiences are drawn in by a familiarity with Birbiglia’s persona and style thanks to appearances in a variety of stage shows, movies, television series, podcasts and on public radio’s “This American Life.” Birbiglia is also an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the films “Sleepwalk with Me” and “Don’t Think Twice.” His New York Times bestseller “Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories” was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Birbiglia is also recognized for TV, film, and stage work, including memorable appearances on “Inside Amy Schumer,” HBO’s “Girls,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Billions.” Birbiglia has performed on storied stages worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. In 2017, Birbiglia was honored with the Kurt Vonnegut Award for humor. This show is appropriate for mature audiences only (18+).


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