Although effective, the slap line was quickly replaced by the punch line in most comedy clubs for its ability to induce laughter without inadvertently provoking duels. Enjoy harmless ha-has with today's GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get two general-admission floor-level tickets to the Paramount Comedy Series at the Paramount in Huntington on Friday, January 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $28.80 value, including all Ticketmaster fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Paramount Comedy Series continues its mission to put Long Island in stitches as a brand-new batch of headlining standup comedians stirs up stampedes of unyielding laughter. Hosted by Long Island funnyman Paul Anthony, the series houses a crew of locally harvested chuckle busters and imported melancholia assassins from television and in comedy fans' fever dreams. Los Angeles' Keith Anthony, seen on Showtime and A&E, flaunts quick wits honed at legendary improv institution The Groundlings and keeps his recycling bin lonesome by seldom using the same joke twice. Critics' man-darling, Harvard summa cum laude alumnus, and Andy Kaufman Award winner Harrison Greenbaum swings in from Manhattan with an electrifying set of gut-busting material exhibited on Spike TV and Comedy Central. Filling the rest of the roster, special guest and local favorite Chris Davis cracks up audiences in attempts to make the world's biggest omelet, and Caroline's Comedy Hour and MTV veteran George Gallo unleashes a cast of zany characters for nonoffensive laughs. Recently renovated with acoustics designed for resounding laughter, the spacious Paramount Theater succeeds at snagging top-notch shows, sparing Long Islanders grueling tandem-bike rides to NYC.