Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.
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.
In the brick-lined subterranean showroom of Wise Guys Comedy Club & 201 Bistro, nationally touring rib ticklers ply their craft. The intimate comedy den comfortably seats up to 110 revelers and allows for prime viewing of top-notch comedians from every angle. Tableside cocktail service allows guests to stay seated throughout the shows, and Wise Guys doesn’t require standard drink minimums. The bar beckons with sterling woodwork and bar-side tarot-card readings. Before or after the side-splitting comedy shows, 201 Bistro satisfies guests with a hearty menu of steak, pasta, and seafood entrees.
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.
As Rochester’s improv-comedy source, Village Idiots offers affordable amusement and crash courses in the art of extemporaneous entertainment. The 12-hour beginner’s class instructs aspiring court jesters on how to effortlessly identify their comedic strengths and weaknesses through a series of funny-bone building exercises. Cast off the humor-hindering shackles of self-restraint and learn to find success through hilarious trial and error. Spontaneity is invariably stimulated in these classes, which work like inhibition-impairing electrodes that dull the senses and invite onlookers to chortle recklessly.
More than 25 acts from across New York and the nation step into the spotlight at the Fall Back Comedy Fest, a five-day showcase of live improv, sketch, and standup comedy. The schedule kicks off on Wednesday with a pair of 90-minute Harold improv shows in which three teams gather fuel for their joke-powered motors by petitioning audience members for suggestions. Thursday’s Rochester showcase highlights local troupes with a screwball set from 12-year improv veterans Nuts & Bolts and a riotous puppetry show courtesy of The Village Idiots. Feature shows on Friday continue in the same comic vein, with long-form improv from acts such as Potential Boyfriends, who courteously pull out chairs for female audience members before their set. Canadian Adrian Sawyer uses sharpened observational humor and jokes pulled from the flap of a magical whoopee cushion to induce raw laughs during Saturday’s standup showcase.