Although not one of the five traditional senses, a sense of humor is the only thing that allows humans to answer knock-knocks at the door. You’re there with this GrouponLive deal to see Artie Lange at Byham Theater. For $25, you get one ticket for gallery seating on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $51.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Jersey native Artie Lange isn’t known for his subtlety, but that’s part of his charm. Brawny, unfiltered, and huggable, Artie’s the bull that offers to clean up the china shop after he’s done his damage. First thrust into the national spotlight on MADtv, Artie stole every scene he was in with his gravely Joisey accent and fearless physical prowess. Since then, Artie’s made the rounds in movies such as Dirty Work and Elf, and his voice has become an old friend to listeners of The Howard Stern Show and his latest venture, Fox News Radio’s The Nick and Artie Show. More than most comedians, Artie has often stared down death and won, which he chronicles in his robust standup act and his New York Times best-selling autobiography, Too Fat to Fish. As he unleashes sharp new material mined from the brink, Artie Lange proves the adage that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you funnier.
Warning: contains strong language
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A pristine example of turn-of-the-century theaters, the Byham—originally built as the Gayety Theater in 1904—twinkles with light fixtures from the dawn of municipal electric lighting. The rich sense of history carries over to the auditorium, where an original sandbag-and-hemp system was used to move scenery until 1999. Outside, the glittering marquee’s hundreds of bulbs spell out current acts, inviting audiences into the venue and teaching nocturnal insects how to read.