The state of Connecticut in general and the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in particular have been selected as the neutral territory for the fight of the century. No, it’s not a bout with boxers or wrestlers, but the struggle can be just as vicious. Come on Saturday, August 25 at 8 p.m. to the classic Old Saybrook venue when New York versus Boston for the title Best Comic.
Duck if you want to avoid the left hooks and right jabs and protect your funny bones at all costs when four talented men enter the ring. Referee for the event, billed as COMEDY SMACKDOWN, will be ESPN’s Rob Ley.
Representing the Big Apple will be Al Ducharme and Tom Van Horn, two of the four National Comedy Headliners. Ducharme has mentally and physically prepared for the big match by completing stints at television shows like “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen,” NBC’s “Tonight Show,” “Inside Edition,” “Comedy TV” as well as nightclubs and comedy clubs like Caroline’s on Broadway, The Comedy Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club and Rodney Dangerfield’s.
Since 1994, Tom Van Horn has regaled audiences with sagas about his ex-girlfirend who dumped him after almost a decade of togetherness. He routinely makes a circuit of the NYC comedy clubs, the Comedy Festivals in Boston, E Entertainment Television, Fox News “Red Eye” and VH1’s “Stand Up Spotlight.”
Representing Beantown are Kevin Flynn and Jackie Flynn. Kevin Flynn can claim home court advantage as he hails from Madison, Connecticut and is a fixture as Dr. Bram Walker on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Movie fans will recognize him for his unique comedy style from “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Me, Myself and Irene” and “Osmosis Jones.” Flynn took home kudos for his one-man show “Around the Kitchen Table” at both the Boston Comedy Festival and HBO’s U. S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. He also hosts Plum TV’s Plum Daily Show on Nantucket.
Compared to Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno, Jackie Flynn was discovered early on by the Farrelly brothers. They cast him in “King Pin,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Shallow Hal” and “Stuck on You.” He also pops up on “The King of Queens” offering samples of his rapid-fire sarcasm.
For tickets ($25), call the Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook at 860-510-0473 or online at www.thekate.org.
Prepare for comic knockouts as these four men enter the ring and prepare to take no prisoners as Boston takes on New York. Be there when the opening bell rings.