Legends of Boston Comedy - Featuring Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Steve Sweeney, and Don Gavin
June 22, 2013
The Legends of Boston Comedy Show comes to Boston's Citi Shubert Theatre for one very special night only on Saturday, June 22nd!
This amazing lineup stars Boston comedy superstar Lenny Clarke, "The Godfather of Boston Comedy," Don Gavin, “The Undisputed King of Boston Comedy,” Steve Sweeney and hometown favorite Tony V.
See the comedians that ushered in the golden age of Boston comedy! Never once giving up on their love for comedy has put these 4 performers in the icon category for comedy fans of all ages. With hilarious material, impeccable stage presence, and some of the best Boston accents you’ve ever heard, the Legends of Boston Comedy Show presented by Laugh Boston will be one of this summer’s most talked about events.
ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
"Veteran Boston stand-up comedian Lenny Clarke has an oddly calibrated act — his material and his perspective is very much in an old-school Don Rickles vein, but his attitude is very much that of a quick-witted young comic. This contrast comes wrapped in a conversational, deceptively genial delivery, with just brief moments of clowning. Clarke is also unpredictable in a very good way on stage — you don’t know where he’s going to go next. It’s never the same show twice. He’s a unique and funny performer … truly worth catching". — NYC Review
Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston’s prestigious Comedy Connection. He wandered in one night, quite by accident, looking for a little stress relief from a high pressure job as a case worker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Tony was working his way toward a Masters degree in social work having graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B. S. in Psychology. It was not long after that he took to the stage himself. Tony’s street wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit.
Sweeney was born in Charlestown, a section of Boston. His Boston accent and idiosyncratic mannerisms are trademarks of his stand-up act, headlining at comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City. A graduate of Charlestown High School, he earned a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Massachusetts Boston (1974) and an MFA from the University of Southern California.
During the early 1970s, a small group of Boston 'would-be' comedians would regularly perform at a comedy club started by Martin Olson and Barry Crimmins in a back room of the Chinese restaurant, Ding-Ho, near Inman Square in Cambridge, MA. This group also included such unknowns as Lenny Clarke, Kevin Meaney, Jay Leno, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Sohonage, and Steven Wright.[clarification needed] Steve Sweeney is known for his use of dialects and great insight into the New England political scene in his act.
Don is considered the Godfather of Boston Comedy. He was one of the original founders of the famous Ding-Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge, MA (a launching pad for some of the funniest, brightest and most original comic talent in America.) Later, Don founded Nick's Comedy Stop & was a pioneer at the Comedy Connection. Don has toured every state of the union performing in clubs, theatres, festivals, colleges & corporate events. Don has performed in over 100 countries with his work with the USO & cruise ships. Don is lightning quick & a sure fire hit wherever he performs.