Three of the country’s hottest comics — Jonas Barnes, Rob Maher, and Freddie Ricks — will headline Comedy Explosion on Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 PM at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.
Based out of New York City, Barnes wrote for Comedy Central’s roast of Bruce Willis and has been featured on Sirius XM’s “Fight Club” and “Busted Open” podcasts. Born homeless in Oregon, Barnes can find humor in both the dark and light sides of his life.
Maher, a semifinalist in Comedy Central’s “Up Next” competition, has starred in an episode of Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central show, Hart of the City. Maher has also performed across the globe for the military, in 17 different countries, including Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.
Ricks, a comedian, writer, and actor, recognized his gift early on by gathering crowds in his hometown of the Bronx and impersonating characters he saw on television and in everyday life. He has been featured on BET’s ComicView and other shows. He has also appeared in the movies Shaft and Baby Boy.
“Comedy Explosion is sure to bring the audience laugh after laugh,” said April Evans, executive director of Uptown! “These three comedians have performed on some of the country’s biggest stages, and we’re thrilled that they’ll be adding the Uptown! stage to that list.”
On Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 PM, Studio Two, an early Beatles-era tribute band, will headline at Uptown!
Featuring graduates from Berklee College of Music, Studio Two is known for authentically recreating hits from “The Red Album Years,” including “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Ticket to Ride,” and “Love Me Do.” Studio Two will also perform songs from The Beatles’ first seven albums, including the group’s No. 1 hits.
“There are many Beatles tributes out there; and many are quite good at what they do,” said April Evans, executive director for Uptown! “But when we were looking for a truly unique Beatles experience, there was no one else that could match Studio Two’s talent, stage performance, and dedication to authenticity. This is going to be a wonderful night of music for fans of all ages.”