Early philosophers often engaged in debates concerning the nature of humor, posing each other enigmatic questions beginning with “What’s the deal with” and ending with “Am I right?” Indulge in classic rhetoric with today’s GrouponLive deal to see the Big Hearts Comedy Show at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, February 14, at 8 p.m. For $33, you get two tickets (up to a $65.75 value, including all fees). Choose between the following seating options:
- Parquet circle (main-floor sections A–K)
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium celebrates Cupid’s shooting spree with the Big Hearts Comedy Show, starring three revered Boston comics. Criminal-attorney-turned-professional-funnyman Paul D’Angelo, as seen on Showtime’s The Godfathers of Comedy, delivers classic barbs about relationships and family life. Jimmy Dunn, recently seen at Denis Leary’s Comics Come Home benefit show, takes a hyperlocal approach to romantic matters such as sports and gambling. Rounding out the trio of despair assassins, television veteran Tony V—seen on sitcoms, Comedy Central, and, for five years, as a gorilla in the American Tourister Luggage ads—sends up the Hallmark holiday in deadpan style.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium house band Sugarfoot and The Brass Kickin’ Horns perforates the laughter with funk and jazz. Built in 1920 to commemorate veterans of World War II, the Auditorium suffuses even the most lighthearted events with a sense of history and the patronage of local bald-eagle populations.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however—in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.