So, we’ve posted about what’s going on before Thanksgiving but what about the actual day of Thanksgiving? We know that some of you out there might not have plans with the family or may be looking for an excuse to cut out early instead of listening to Uncle Harvey’s boring war stories for the two-thousandth time. Maybe your family get-togethers are less like a Norman Rockwell painting and more like a Simpsons episode. That’s okay, we got you covered! Here are eight events happening around the country that will provide the perfect excuse to get out before the wine kicks in and Aunt Harriet gets surly.
JEN KOBER’S ThanksGiving Comedy Jam at LUNA LIVE – Lake Charles, Louisiana Originally from Lake Charles, Jen Kober has bounded onto the national stage bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, story telling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. She’s phenomenally funny and commands the stage while she dares you not to laugh. Classically trained at The Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, Jen Kober is also an accomplished actress. Kober’s original one woman show “sUbcIty” was the winner of The Director’s Choice Award at The Kennedy Center Theatre Festival. She has studied improv at both Second City and Improv Olympic and has toured successfully with her improvised one woman shows, “JUNK IN MY TRUNK” and “MY BIG FAT COMEDY SHOW.” Leslie Berman of The SWLA Times writes, “Kober is one of the most talented comics of our time. I have been betting on her to find her niche and go national since the first time I saw her. I thought: ‘She’s got to be our 21st Century Lucille Ball,’ and that’s no exaggeration. If you’re twenty years younger than me, think hipper Tracey Ullman.” Jen Kober currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to develop new material and travel the globe spreading mass amounts of laughter world-wide with both her stand-up and improvised comedy shows. Jen loves Yoo-Hoo and ranch flavored Corn-Nuts and wonders why instant gratification takes so long.
Magician Peter Morrison at the Marrakech Magic Theater – San Francisco, California An uproarious one-of-a-kind close-up show in an intimate, historic setting. Featuring the comedy and classical magic of San Francisco Magician Peter Morrison. Have an experience to last a lifetime. At The Marrakech Magic Theater, cherished memories are made during Peter Morrison’s unique two-hour comedy and magic experience. The evening begins with drinks, appetizers, and pre-show entertainment in the Sultan’s Oasis lounge and ends with Peter’s unforgettable 75 minute performance in the Main Showroom. Have a stress-free night, full of laughter and sensational entertainment! The Main Showroom is a intimate close-up theater, perfect for high spirits and Peter’s extraordinary performances. You’ll witness intriguing feats of mentalism, sleight of hand miracles, and throughout, his clean comedy will keep you laughing! Have a remarkable evening-see a show so fantastic that you’ll almost forget that you’re still in San Francisco!
Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones – Palo Alto, California Combine a Hollywood film crew, a small Irish town, 15 characters, and only two talented actors, and you have “Stones in His Pockets,” a funny and moving play that explores sadness, the dangerous allure of Hollywood, and the goodness of real life.
THANKSGIVING 12 HOUR FILM FEAST – Mesa, Arizona The Royale presents a 12 Hour Movie Marathon from 7pm-7am on Thanksgiving. Each of the 4 staff members has selected a film that they are thankful for and it will be presented on the big screen, however they are hosting a competition for the fifth and final programming slot. Contestants are encouraged to post a video to The Royale’s Facebook page about why they are thankful for the cinema & their favorite film. The staff will select the winning video and that person will get to see their favorite film on the big screen as the 5th film in the marathon. Games and activities are planned throughout the evening and a potluck will kick of the Film Feast II.
NYC Mob Jewish Gangsters Walking Tour – New York, New York Otherwise known as the Kosher Nostra, one generation of Jewish Gangsters at the dawn of the 20th introduced loan sharking, large-scale gambling and the contract killer to the world of Organized Crime. See the old hangouts and delis where the greatest Jewish Gangsters in America got in, got rich and got out.
The Scene – New York, New York The Scene is a weekly showcase of improvised one act plays. Each week the show features New York’s top improvisers from The PIT, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Baby Wants Candy, Second City and more. The Scene is produced and hosted by Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman. Cast lists are posted one week in advance here.
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