Stand-Up Explosion

Sat. Aug 26, 2017 at 6:30pm EDT
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Price: $10.00
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Price: $10.00
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Treat yourself to an eclectic mix of stand-up voices from Pittsburgh and beyond, featuring Rufat Agayev, Gab Bonesso, Robert Punchur, Danny Felts, and Amanda Averell! Boom!


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Rufat Agayev


Rufat Agayev wasn’t always a comedian, he started rapping in Florida, and after performing with some of hip hop’s biggest names (Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Mike Posner) during college, he packed up and moved to New York City. After releasing two independent group projects, his hairline had receded, Rufat realized he had the skill to be a rap star but not the hairline. He always had a deep love for comedy, he just didn’t know it was a possibility. He once heard you can do these things called Open Mics, and he hasn’t look back since, well he did take a month off to play NBA 2k15 because his jokes weren’t that good starting. But then he became obsessed and devoured any stage time he could get. Now his jokes are pretty good, how does he know? because people ask him to perform at places all around New York City, clubs, bars, coffee shops, clothing stores, start ups, you name it. This guy is a comedian now, I think he may have found his life’s purpose or doing something he really enjoys.


Rufat is focused on bringing comedy to audiences that don’t always go to comedy clubs, you know “young people” he’s started a show called KID SUPER COMEDY SHOP in Brooklyn with a lifestyle brand called KID SUPER, and it’s been going really well. In New York City, Rufat gets to share the stage with some of NYC’s rising stand up talent and in a very short time he’s been making his own presence felt.


Gab Bonesso


Gab Bonesso is a Pittsburgh comedy veteran who pioneered the city’s alternative-comedy scene. In 2004, after graduating from Duquesne University with a degree in Theater Arts, Gab created underground comedy rooms at Club Cafe and Brillobox as an alternative to comics who didn’t fit into the traditional comedy club scene. She was named the “Best Comedian in Pittsburgh” by readers of both the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Magazine, has appeared at the Seattle Sketch Comedy Festival and The New York City Underground Comedy Festival, and toured the continental United States and Canada while sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters from 2011-2013. Gab’s written work has appeared online, in print, on radio, and on television. In 2012, Gab began a partnership with Josh Verbanets of the band Meeting of Important People, creating The Josh & Gab Show – a musical comedy show created to combat bullying. Josh & Gab have taken their live program to over 500 schools, in addition to having been featured in anti-bullying PSAs for WQED-TV. Gab has also been a featured speaker for TEDx where she discussed the role of adults within the anti-bully movement. Gab’s performance style is best described in this excerpt from Pittsburgh Magazine: “[Gab] has long danced on the border of comedy, theater, performance art, and general mayhem. Her style is so unique (and her material so singular and specified to her life) that branding it simple stand-up is off the mark; in performance, Bonesso is something else entirely, a whirlwind of humor, confession and theatrical abandon.” Gab is the first comedian signed to Misra Records.


Robert Punchur


On stage, Robert brings a fresh, honest, youthful perspective to comedy with his clever humor and witty punchlines. A small-town background combined with classical education and NYC experience enables the multi-faceted performer to connect with all audiences and leave them doubled over with laughter.


Danny Felts


Danny Felts is a comedian hailing from the great fugue state of Portland, OR who now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His career in comedy began when he started yelling premises to nobody in a former bands practice space. Since then he has been lucky enough to replace that practice space with actual people. Danny’s comedy/wit is hella acerbic, and he was once described as a whimsical cynic.


Felts has been fortunate enough to do some cool stuff too. He’s performed multiple times in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and the Limestone Comedy Festival. He’s also been on the CROM Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, Accidental Comedy Festival, The Cape Fear Comedy Fest, and the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest. He was also on Kevin Allison’s storytelling show/podcast, RISK!, and has performed on The Moth too if you’re into that sort of thing.


When he is not performing he is on the internet in various forms. He currently manages the PDX COMEDY BLOG which contains all the hips and happenings within the Portland Comedy Scene. He was also the editor for the wildly popular/masochistic web series, The Spicy News, which he also wrote on.


Danny’s comedy is like Iceland. Obscure, layered in an array of sweaters, and breathtakingly beautiful.


Amanda Averell


Amanda is a stand up comedian, improviser, producer, and writer. In addition to performing, she's House Manager and Intern Manager at Arcade Comedy Theater. She also really likes naps.

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Henry Heymann Theatre 4301 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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