Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
The Comedy Club sticks to the basics: nationally known acts; booze, burgers, fried foods; one microphone; and a brick wall. Renowned standups Jim Norton, Tom Green, Orlando Jones, and the late Patrice O'Neal have all graced the stage, and regularly scheduled Open Mic nights fuel an eternal search for undiscovered talent. The club proves its commitment to local humorists in its annual Funniest Person in Rochester Contest, semester-long classes on standup comedy, and always remembering their birthdays.
Central New York's only touring improv comedy troupe. We have played venues all over Central New York but make our home right here in Syracuse at The Fire & Ice Banquet Facilities at the Locker Room at 528 Hiawatha Blvd. e. on Syracuse's North side.
As Rochester’s improv-comedy source, Village Idiots' professional instructors churn out amusement and crash courses in the art of extemporaneous entertainment. Throughout the 90-minute introductory workshop, comedy gurus instruct aspiring court jesters on how to think on their feet and act without fear through a series of funny-bone-building exercises. Basic improv and acting games help participants unleash talents useful on stage and off, such as enhanced storytelling, confidence in front of others, and the ability to finally make goldfish laugh. Serious improv students can also sharpen their skills as they learn fundamental improvisation techniques from practicing professionals, casting off the humor-hindering shackles of self-restraint and earning giggles through hilarious trial and error. Spontaneity is invariably stimulated in these workshops, which work like inhibition-impairing electrodes that dull the senses and invite onlookers to chortle recklessly.
The Long Island Comedy Festival, which won a thumbs-up from Newsday in 2009, sends laughing fits rippling through southeastern New York with showcases of some of the area's most accomplished comedians. The namesake festival spreads out across Long Island every summer, landing at venues that might range from an old-fashioned playhouse to a family amusement park. Many alumni return to perform year after year, making for a festive atmosphere that executive producer Paul Anthony likens to "a comedy party that the audience members have been invited to," rather than one that they sadly listen to through the floorboards. During the rest of the year, the organizers stay busy producing comedy series at other historic venues and exporting their team of comics to college shows.