Originally Published: May 4, 2016 6 a.m.
Mile High Comedy Theater returns to get some audience suggestions that wind up evoking uproarious laughter with a show on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. This time, Los Angeles comedian Wayne Federman is flying in as the featured comedian.
Federman is not only a comedian, but he is an actor, author, comedy writer and musician and was the head monologue writer for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in its first season. He also recently performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
The idea to get Federman for the show came after trying to figure out how to take Mile High Comedy Theater to the next level, said Director Cynthia Sobo. From that came the idea of bringing in someone from Los Angeles, someone who people in Phoenix wouldn’t have already had an opportunity to see, she said.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” said Sobo, mentioning that she and Federman worked together a long time ago. “It was really nice of him to come out.”
Tickets, available online at www.prescottelkstheater, by calling the box office at 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance are $25 for VIP seating, $18 presale, $20 at the door and $30 for opera box seats.
In addition to his appearance on “The Tonight Show” and his previous writing credits on “Late Night,” Federman has also had numerous stand-up comedy appearances on television and in clubs and theaters. He’s also performed in supporting comedic acting roles in such shows as “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The X-Files” and has appeared in films like “50 First Dates,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Legally Blonde.”
Federman is not only the headlining comedian for the evening, an act that includes his playing the piano, Sobo said. He will also be joining the main cast for spontaneous improvisational games where the scenarios are based on suggestions from the audience. The main cast includes Brent Nielsen, Cisco Ortiz, Bliss Streetman and Jennifer Tobin.
“It’s a rare treat for someone with his talent … and caliber to grace us. He’s had a very impressive career,” Sobo said, adding that the cast is excited to work with him. “It’s going to make it all the more funnier.”
A compilation CD of Fedrman’s material will be available for purchase following the show, as will autographs.
By Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.