Laugh Out Loud hosts well-established laugh conjurers and undiscovered comedic masterminds capable of leaving the audience doubled over in harmonized chuckles. Past Laugh Out Loud audience-slayers have graced the stages of HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central, and upcoming performers include musical comedian Ron Feingold, who produces a cappella backup, lead, and percussive vocals with his three separate mouths (July 28–30). Lyndel Pleasant, a former stagemate of Chris Rock, weaves anecdotes of marriage and fatherhood into his act (August 4–6), and Ward Anderson, author of The Ultimate Bachelor’s Guide, tackles audiences with his physical comedy (August 11–13). All shows last approximately two hours and showcase three comedians or one mythical hydra that wants to know what the deal is with airplane peanuts.
Layers of colorful jellybeans stripe a curvy jar, chocolate-covered pretzels fill a glass bowl, and rows of rock candy line up neatly within rectangular vases. Artistic displays such as these are the hallmark of Candyland Buffet’s custom services, which can reflect the theme or color scheme of a special event such as a wedding or bat mitzvah. For every buffet, a team member meticulously arranges treats in an array of distinct jars and sets out scoops and bags so guests may easily serve themselves. Patrons can sweeten their buffets with special touches such as a designated service attendant and luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli or Godiva. Because sweets, like bathroom attendants, should also be enjoyed at home, customers can order shipments of fresh-baked cookies or sign up for six-month Candy of the Month Club memberships.
A glass display case of colorful cakes, cookies, and pastries greets guests as they enter Clayton Bakery and Cafe, along with the enticing aroma of freshly baking bread. The family-owned establishment staffs a team of local artisanal bakers and decorators, who use local and natural ingredients when whipping up baked goods and a lunch menu of hearty sandwiches, paninis, and daily soups. Chefs roast all of their beef and pork fresh each day, and distribute their signature rolls to local venues such as Ray's pizza and Clayton Steakhouse. Upon request, the bakery can inscribe customized cakes with birthday greetings, personal messages, or a favorite chapter from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.