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Carlsbad Village Theatre
2822 State Street Carlsbad, CA 92008
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The North County Funnies is the nation’s ONLY PG guide lined comedy variety show.  The show combines the sketch comedy aspect of a Saturday Night Live with a Daily Show type of newscast; all this surrounding the centerpiece of top-notch professional stand up comedy.  The comedians that have appeared on the show in its 3 year run is a veritable who’s who of hilarious funny people.  Including Last Comic Standing winners Dat Phan and Alonzo Bodden, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Barry Diamond, and Comedy Central’s Ralph Harris to list a very short few.  The show is presented in a very unique talk show styled format and hosted by the hilarious Kurt Swann. “Kurt is like a young Johnny Carson”…Lynn Harper- host of Inside Southern California- Time Warner Cable

Also appearing on each show is the sketch group called the Pearl St. Players.  The group that originally got its start over 10 years ago at the World Famous Comedy Store in La Jolla, Ca. Some of the original members of that group have gone onto become some of Hollywood’s brightest young stars- Mad TV’s Bobby Lee, The Tonight Show’s Shayma Tash and Emmy Award winning writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien Mike Komen.  Now a new crop of funny people is hoping to continue that tradition.

Featured this month is James P. Connolly. Playfully self-delusional, wildly entertaining, and possessing a booming voice dripping with insincerity, James P. Connolly has been described by industry professionals as a cross between a young Steve Martin and Troy McClure of “The Simpsons.” Unique in both performance and material, Connolly makes an unforgettable impact wherever he shows up. “It’s not about what happens to you in life, it’s all how you spin it, and present it back to yourself.” He explains. “I was at a wedding a few weeks ago and my buddy said I got so drunk I passed out on the floor. I said, ’or I got hammered at that wedding but I only fell once!”

A Harvard University graduate, former Marine Corps Infantry Officer, mobile disc jockey/Karaoke host and Universal Studios tour guide, James P. Connolly has amassed a colorful background that allows him to connect with audiences of any age. He recently appeared in the Fox Searchlight Films, “The Act”, and his work has even taken him to the Cannes Film Festival where the Hollywood Reporter described his performances as “interactive perfection.”

Former host of VH1’s “Movie Obsessions”, and a Grand Comedy Champion on Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star”, James P. has been a Finalist in every major competition and festival entered, including Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots”, the Boston Comedy Festival and the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Called “an extraordinary talent”, and “as funny, quick and fresh as any comedian around today” by entertainment bookers, you’ll recognize him from many appearances on Comedy Central, HBO, VH1, SiTV, UPN, numerous National Commercials, voice over, multimedia, as well as regular airplay on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio Comedy Channels.

Also appearing is Jonathan Gotsick- Jonathan has appeared on Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show and in numerous TV commercials.

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