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Jamie Pierce Hosts THEATRICAL HYSTERICS Night of Stand-Up at Feinstein's/54 Below Tonight

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Feinstein's/54 Below, comedian Jamie Pierce hosts Theatrical Hysterics, an evening of stand-up comedy at Feinstein's/54 Below tonight, March 9th, at 9:45pm, featuring very special guests Jim David, Rick Crom and Kevin Meaney.

This unique evening will bring together three of Broadway's favorite headlining comics...all with a flair for the dramatic. Join in for a night of hilarity as Jamie welcomes Jim David (Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, "South Pathetic," MAC Award Winner: Outstanding Comedian), Rick Crom (Urinetown, NEWSical, FX's "Louie") and Kevin Meaney (Hairspray, "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show"). Allow these first-class comedic legends to metaphorically touch you inappropriately by tickling your funny bone all night long!

"This evening of comedy will truly be one-of-a-kind," said host Jamie Pierce. "All three of these gentlemen are headliners, all three are comedy legends and most importantly, considering the venue, all three have Broadway credits!"

Another unique feature of the evening is the all-gay line up. Explained Jamie, "I wanted to showcase gay male comedians because I believe it's an underrepresented demographic on the mainstream comedy landscape." No question that with the performers involved, this comedy show will have a real theatrical sensibility. Hence the name!

Stand-Up Comedy: Theatrical Hysterics plays Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on March 9th, 2016 at 9:45pm. Doors open at 9:15. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at 54below.com/artist/stand- up-comedy-theatrical-hysterics.

Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney has been one of the country's most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years. His first HBO special in 1986 catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene. In 1987, Kevin made his debut appearance on, "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and was invited by Johnny to join the guest panel. Since his first appearance Kevin has returned to the show a dozen times. He was a special guest on "Saturday Night Live" and has appeared on Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Conan. Kevin is also an accomplished actor, having starred in the CBS sitcom, "Uncle Buck" which ran for a full season. In addition, he has done numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas. He also had a featured role in the movie 'Big". In 2006, Kevin expanded his acting repertoire to appear in the Broadway production of Hairspray as The Male Authority Figure. Kevin is also a successful writer and producer. He wrote and produced and starred in a one-man autobiographical play titled, "Wedding Vows in Vegas," which premiered at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado before going on to a successful summer run in Boston at the Hasty Pudding Theatre. Steve Martin called it, 'The most innovative, heart-rending and funny show I've seen in a long, long time.' @kevinmeaney

Jim David has appeared on many television comedy shows, most notably Comedy Central Presents Jim David where he became the first openly gay man to have his own special on the network, and a two-year stint on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. David also appeared on many television shows as a comedian or commentator, among them Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central's Out On the Edge, Comic Cabana, USO Comedy Tour, Comic Remix and Friars' Club Roast of Rob Reiner, Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and Greatest Things About Being..., ABC's The View, A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour and An Evening at the Improv, Current TV's "Viewpoint" and HLN's The Joy Behar Show. Jim David has also been a contributing writer to The Advocate, New York Blade, and US Weekly. He is three-time winner of the MAC (Manhattan Assn. of Clubs & Cabarets) Award for Outstanding Comedian and the Backstage Magazine BISTRO Award for Outstanding NY Comedian. He has appeared on Broadway (Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public), Off-Broadway, in films, and his one-man comedy "South Pathetic," a play about the worst community theater in the South, was presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, NYC'S Revelation Theater, and in August 2009 at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre. A headliner across the world, the 'Mouth Of The South' can be heard on his CDs, "Eat Here and Get Gas" (2000) and "Live from Jimville" (2003). Jim's latest CD called "Hard To Swallow" is available on iTunes. He produces and hosts Comedy Cares, the only standup comedy benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. @ComicJimDavid

Rick Crom is an award-winning American actor, singer, comedian, lyricist, and composer. He has appeared in numerous television shows and specials, Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, as well as written several off-Broadway revues, and has 3 times been nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. In 1993, Crom made his Broadway acting debut in The Goodbye Girl. He was an understudy in Footloose and appeared in Urinetown: The Musical as Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux. His off-Broadway acting credits include the 1994 revival of Merrily We Roll Along and the Encores! productions of Fiorello! and Li'l Abner. As a comedian, Crom has appeared with the Chicago City Limits, and performed stand-up across the country, most frequently at New York City's Comedy Cellar. On television, he has been seen on "Chappelle's Show," "Caroline's Comedy Hour," and "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn." He recently appeared on the FX sitcom "Louie" starring fellow comic Louis CK. In 2004, Crom wrote the book, music, and lyrics for NEWSical, and received his first Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics, with NEWSical picking up a nomination for Outstanding Review. A new edition (renamed NEWSICAL the Musical: We Distort, You Decide, and featuring an entirely original book and music) began previews at the 47th Street Theater on November 24, 2009, and opened December 9 of that year. Once again, Crom was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, and the show was nominated for the Outstanding Musical Revue award. The latest edition of NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead began previews December 13 of that year and opened on January 9, 2011 at The Kirk at Theatre Row, where it is enjoying an open-ended run. It won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical and also picked up 2 more Drama Desk nominations for Best Lyrics and Best Revue. A recording of his songs for the Crystal Palace, "Who Writes This Stuff? The Songs of Rick Crom," was released in 2008. In 2009, Crom composed the score and co-wrote lyrics with Fred M. Caruso for the film The Big Gay Musical. He also composed the score and wrote the lyrics for Bonnie & Clyde: A Folktale, with a book by his Urinetown co-star Hunter Foster. It was presented at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival, where it won awards for Best Music and Most Promising Musical. @rick_crom

Comedian Jamie Pierce (Host) has performed all over New York, Los Angeles and around the country. He was selected as a Top 10 National Finalist for the Underground Comedy Festival's "Emerging Comics" at the Laugh Factory and has been featured in both the New York and Los Angeles Comedy Festivals. In addition to regular appearances at all the major comedy clubs, Jamie has been seen in "Homo Comicus" at Gotham Comedy Club, "Funny Gay Males" at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, "Gay Bash" at Caroline's on Broadway and "The Gay Mafia" at Hamburger Mary's West Hollywood. Beyond New York and LA, Jamie has performed throughout the country in clubs and venues from San Francisco to Baltimore and most recently headlined the Michigan LGBT ComedyFest and Rainbow Mountain Resort in the Poconos. A former ballet dancer and Broadway chorus boy, Jamie appeared in the ensemble of several classic musical including The Music Man, Evita, Phantom and Peter Pan as well as dancing in nothing but a speedo in front of 4000 people in Bryant Park for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. @JamiePierceNYC

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, offers an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway's best with world class dining in an elegant setting. Steps from Times Square, the club is known as Broadway's living room, a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences alike. With pre-theatre dinner offered nightly from 5pm, Feinstein's/54 Below has set a new culinary standard for New York City entertainment venues. In June of 2012, the club opened under the name 54 Below. The space underwent a complete reinvention by multiple Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steve Baruch (Hairspray,The Producers), who brought together Broadway's and New York's most creative artists and designers as well as top food and hospitality professionals to launch and oversee this only-in-Manhattan, matchless nightspot. On September 17, 2015, through a creative partnership with Michael Feinstein, the Ambassador of the American Songbook, 54 Below was renamed Feinstein's/54 Below. Designed by multiple Tony Award winners John Lee Beatty (restaurant design) and Ken Billington (lighting), sound designer Peter Hylenski, and architect Richard Lewis, Feinstein's/54 Below's creative team is led by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Director of Programming. Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly as well as a late night lounge. Accommodating 134 people in the main dining room, with all tables no more than 24 feet from the stage, the facilities include the capability to broadcast and record audio and video. @54Below


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