THE TONY MARTINI VARIETY HOUR Extends Through December, 2018; Two Hollywood Fringe Performances Added
Producer Steven Espinosa announced today that The Tony Martini Variety Hour is extending its run at Three Clubs Lounge in Hollywood through the end of 2018. The show plays on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8pm.
Everyone is talking about The Tony Martini Variety Hour, a monthly journey into the world of ex-Vegas lounge legend Tony Martini (local comedy favorite Mark Fite). With his misfit collection of friends, a couple of top notch musicians, and a roster of amazing A-list specialty acts that alternate each month, each performance is a thoroughly entertaining evening of variety and laughs. Tony may no longer be at the top of his game but he's still got a fresh drink and a pocketful of 'vitamins' to fuel the fire in his lounge loving heart.
Special guests throughout the run will include accordion player & comedian Renee Albert, opera singer Mary Francis Conover, ventriloquist Karl Herlinger, juggler Michael Rayner, burlesque dancers April Showers and Olive Oztentacious, and many more that truly must be seen to be believed.
Mark Fite is founding member of the LA-based comedy group 2 Headed Dog. Known for its absurd characters, offbeat sketches, and loose improvisation, the group's antics have taken them to venues and festivals across the USA. Fite is known for creating odd and original characters and has appeared in several long-running hit comedies including Bob's Holiday Office Party, The Rudy Casoni Show, Girly Magazine Party, and more. He has performed at The Comedy Store, The Improv, Upright Citizens Brigade, Dixon Place (NYC), the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, San Francisco SketchFest, the Steve Allen Theater, and countless others.
Creator/Producer Steven Espinosa was a professional dancer during the early days of MTV. He performed in music videos with artists such as Prince, Sheila E., Weird Al Yankovic, Toto, and many more. He was also a dancer in the opening act for the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. as well as comedy icons Don Rickles, Rich Little, and Louis Anderson. Recently, Espinosa wrote, directed, and choreographed two award-winning short dance films, The Black Dahlia Ballet and American Dancer.
Director R.A. White was a founding member of The Actors' Gang. He worked as an actor, designer, writer, and director for two decades in the LA and San Francisco theatre communities, during which time he became the Director of Development for Tim Robbins' film company, Havoc Inc. There, he oversaw the development of Dead Man Walking, The Typewriter, The Rifle, and The Movie Camera. Also during that time, he became Associate Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang. Playwriting credits include Freaks, The Big Show, The Amazing Kozmo, and the stage adaptation of Nathanael West's A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin. Directing credits include bert sees the light, Pieces of the Quilt, Fat Men in Skirts, and The Last Frontier. His short film, Frank's Book, won critical acclaim and key awards at film festivals around the world. He has worked as a writer and script doctor in Los Angeles for the past decade.
Performances of The Tony Martini Variety Hour are on the fourth Thursday of every month (except June) through the end of 2018 - May 24, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 29, and December 27, at 8pm. Two additional shows have been added for the Hollywood Fringe Festival on Saturday, June 16 at 9pm and Monday, June 18 at 9:30pm. Admission is $20 and reservations are available online at www.tonymartinihour.com or by phone at (323) 866-9994. Drink minimums apply. Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge is located at 1123 N. Vine Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood, 90038.