Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of stand-up with today's Groupon: you get two tickets to see comedian Denis Leary, appearing as part of the "Rescue Me Comedy Tour 2" at the Riverside Theater. The show is on Thursday, June 17, at 8 p.m. Choose one of the following two deals:
- For $49, you get two tickets in the regular seating section (a $99 value).
- For $65, you get two tickets in the premier seating section (a $130 value).
Known for his edgy and envelope-shoving comedy, Denis Leary has carved out an impressive career during more than two decades in show business, with roles in films such as Suicide Kings, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Ice Age, and several hit comedy albums. He most recently gained acclaim for the TV show Rescue Me, for which he received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a box of cookies from his landlord. Leary again returns to the stand-up stage alongside fellow comedians and Rescue Me cast members Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara for the "Rescue Me Comedy Tour 2". Expect a night of biting social satire, politically charged rants, and cutting humor from all three comedians, with one or two curse words thrown in for good measure.
A portion of proceeds from the evening, and the entire tour, will benefit the Leary Firefighters Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Leary in 2000 to provide funding and equipment to fire departments in Massachusetts, New York, and New Orleans. Call up a fellow Leary-lover and give your funnybone a well-meaning workout with the "Rescue Me Comedy Tour 2."
- It was hedonism at its best, people...Leary also spent a good thirty minutes narrating a slideshow centered around current events and other noteworthy subjects...everyone loved the celebrity mug shots he personally selected for our enjoyment...someone should offer him a news show, especially now that Rescue Me is currently filming it's final season. Lenny Clarke and Adam Ferrara were hilarious and had the audience laughing just as much (if not more) than Leary did at times.
Six Yelpers rave about the historic Riverside Theater, the venue for this stop on the tour; they give it a four-star average:
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.
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