– Team Green Light Comedy Students Set to Make Debut at The Ridgefield Playhouse –
RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – May 24, 2016 – What does a retired attorney, real estate
agent, hair stylist, watchmaker, social worker, retired French teacher, sports
instructor, publicist, non-profit board member, musician, copier technician and
a married couple all have in common?
They are members of Christine O’Leary’s talented new group of hilarious and brave stand-up comics who are making their comedic debut on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:30 pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Conn. Call 203.438.6795 for tickets for the Graduation Comedy Showcase. ($15)
Students in O’Leary’s Comedy Writing Workshop have spent eight weeks honing and refining their comedic skills and are ready to take them to the big stage. O’Leary, an award-winning comedienne and comedy teacher, hosts the performance.
Comedy is Everywhere
Every four months, O’Leary takes a new crop of 15 aspiring comics under her wing as part of her Comedy Writing Workshop. She encourages every student to write a minimum of fifteen minutes every day and those comedic bits are juried to the class and become part of their five-minute showcase comedy routine.
“I’ve watched my Stand-up Comedy students evolve and transform their lives each week. They’ve persevered, ran their bits and now gained the confidence to get up on the big stage and make the audience laugh,” she says. “And just by signing up for my class, I remind them that they’ve done something that many people don’t have the guts to do – step up to stand-up. And the best part is that it’s cheaper than therapy.”
O’Leary’s gospel of comedy is based on her motto, “comedy is the way to tell the truth, comedy is the way to solve a problem and everybody wins.” She instills to her students the importance of reflecting on how they see the world and how the world see’s them.
“Every interaction causes people to make assumptions about us, based only on what they see and their thoughts, biases, interests, distractions, stereotypes baggage or history.”
O’Leary says doing stand-up gives a comic tremendous power to give people leads on what to think about them based on who they are.
But her greatest reward from teaching comedy is the feedback she receives from students.
“My comedy students come from all walks of life, and each has their unique brand and style of humor,” she says. “Students tell me that comedy class is helping them have more fun in their marriage or finding the humor in a hard day at work, and they know that all the truth is stand-up material.”
O’Leary says everything in her student’s life is comedic material.
“When you’re in a stand-up class with me, anything is fair game – including the group process of ripping and reading ideas and experiences from their week. The showcase has something for everyone, and I encourage comedy fans to come out and support my new entertaining uproarious group of comics. I guarantee you’ll have a long belly laugh the entire show.”
Fans can see O’Leary this summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse on July 6th and August 3rd, and she’ll be appearing at the 11th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival. She plans to take her Team Green Light Comedy Team on the road this summer. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/teamgreenlightcomedy/
Purchase tickets to the Graduation Comedy Showcase ($15) or register for the next Stand-up Comedy Workshop ($300), call The Ridgefield Playhouse box office at 203.438.5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, Conn.
About Christine O’Leary and Team Green Light Comedy LLC
Christine O’Leary is an award-winning stand-up comedian, comedy teacher (12x SOLD OUT stand-up workshop teacher), comedy mentor to members of her Team Green Light Comedy collective, and philanthropic auctioneer who recently raised nearly half a million dollars for nonprofits in New England for the 2016 Gala Season in less than three months.
O’Leary Nominated by Curve Magazine as one of the ‘50 Funniest Lesbians in America,’ O’Leary has worked with the top comedians in the business who grace the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse, including Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Susie Essman, Chevy Chase, Sinbad and Tracy Morgan. She’s also worked with Margaret Cho, Ian Harvie (Transparent) and headlined Long Beach Pride events with Jennifer Hudson, Indigo Girls, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more.
O’Leary regularly performs with her Team Green Light Comedy collective to SOLD OUT shows. She’s actively honing the comedic skills of her Step Up 2 Stand Up students and is booking shows and creating opportunities to bring new talent and fresh laughs to new places, including teaching comedy classes in Key West and headlining comedy events.
She lives in New Fairfield with her partner and a little dog and is passionate about using comedy to support causes. O’Leary served as the host for the Coalition for the Homeless NYC ‘Women Mean Business Luncheon Fundraiser.’
A comedienne that brings the ‘funny’ to companies, colleges, charitable events, clubs and prides across the country, O’Leary’s co-dependent motivation is to make a difference and make you laugh until you cry! But her favorite role is that of the host that ‘can make a show out of anything.’
Learn more about Christine O’Leary and Team Green Light Comedy LLC at http://www.christineoleary.com and https://www.facebook.com/teamgreenlightcomedy/