From the moment cavemen discovered their funny bones, to the sitcom humor of today, the years fly by with The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged), presented at the Falcon Theatre, now through April 23rd.
Three entertaining “professors” of comedy—Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg, and Mark Jacobson—present the rib-tickling history lesson, and being schooled has never been so much fun.
The performers announce they want to save the world through the art of comedy—because the world needs to laugh now. They introduce the fabled “Art of Comedy Book,” and the trio acts out each chapter to illuminate the types of comedy bits over the ages. “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is done in various genres.
The Greeks, Shakespeare, Vaudeville, slapstick, physical shtick, and even mimes get explored by the jokesters. The material features assorted “Top 10” lists with surprising photos. More highlights include Abe Lincoln as a stand-up comic, a Supreme Court bit using puppets, the philosophic clown Rambozo, and Fazal singing a little ditty about all the great comedy legends.
Sticking to the comedy rule “Get in. Get the laugh. Get out,” the show written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor is pure amusement, with a much anticipated “pie in your face” finale. The hilarity is directed by Jerry Kernion, returning to the Falcon after the success of The Complete History of America (Abridged), which he helmed last year.
Worthy of praise are the behind the scenes efforts of scenic designer Stephen Gifford; costumes by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg; lighting by Jared A. Sayeg; sound by Mark McClain Wilson; props by Warren Casey; casting by Sandi Logan and stage manager Dale Alan Cooke.
The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) plays through Sunday, April 23rd. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm. Ticketholders attending “Talkback Thursdays” performances on April 6th, 13th, and 20th can participate in an informal Q&A discussion with the cast after the show.
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank. For more information or to purchase tickets call (818) 955-8101 or visit FalconTheatre.com.