Phoenicia — A new stand-up comedy series will light up Phoenicia on Saturday, March 16, when Joe DeVito headlines a night at the Phoenicia Playhouse. DeVito will take the stage with Max Cohen and Vicky Kuperman, a husband and wife comedy team and frequent visitors to the area.
DeVito, a veteran of more than 150 TV appearances is currently preparing a one-hour special which he will film with Dry Bar Comedy. His dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at the top clubs in New York City and across the country.
Kuperman and Cohen are starting a whole series of standup comedy nights in Phoenicia having noticed that the genre is largely unrepresented in the region.
“We saw Mamma Mia when we visited in July,” says Cohen. “Vicky and I sat down in the great theater and we were immediately taken aback by the community’s enthusiasm for the arts,” Cohen added. “The theater was packed and the energy was palpable. We knew stand-up comedy would be a hit in Phoenicia.”
In November, the two created the first comedy show to hit Phoenicia in many years. with performer Sherry Davey. Kuperman told the News “We had a fabulous premiere of the new Comedy Night series at the Phoenicia Playhouse! We spent almost as much time off stage chatting with thrilled audience members as we did on stage making them laugh! And it doesn’t hurt that Belleayre Ski Center is literally down the road. Laugh and ski all in the same weekend.”
The night was a huge success. Audience members left saying what a great night they had, and asking when there would be another show. Managing Director George Muller and the board of the Playhouse invited them back for quarterly shows. After skiing, hiking, or any of the other exciting outdoor activities Phoenicia and the surrounding areas have to offer, a night of laughter will be a perfect way to end the day. Cohen and Kuperman are looking to bring the best talent of New York City and upstate New York to Ulster County.
Russian-born Kuperman has performed nationwide for over a decade. Her comedy albums “When I Could Feel” and “All Good!” are in regular rotation on SiriusXM, and her book “How to Spy on Your Neighbor” was top 10 in political-humor on Amazon. In the summer of 2018, Kuperman released her third album for Audible’s Comedy Label “Rooftop Comedy,” a collaboration with comics Joe DeVito and Kyle Ocasio. She is also a regular panelist on John Fugelsang’s Sirius XM show Tell Me Everything and named one of Huffington Post’s 12 New Comedians To Watch.
Cohen was a semifinalist in The Great Long Island Laugh Off and published in “Urbasm” magazine. He is also a regular panelist on John Fugelsang’s show Tell me Everything. He was a finalist for a show on the hit comedy app Laugh Exchange. He currently hosts the popular podcast, “Shut It Down! The Bar Rescue Recap Show,” and will appear on an upcoming episode of “Bar Rescue,” on Paramount Network. His debut comedy album, “Operation: Pastrami Sandwich,” is played often on SiriusXM and is available everywhere.
The show is recommended for ages 18+. Tickets for the March 16th show are available for purchase here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ comedy-night-in-phoeniciatickets 55163962898.