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Well-Known Comedians Take Over Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College will present several well-known comedians.
Sarah Lawrence College will present several well-known comedians. Photo Credit: File

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- "The Funny Thing Is...," a three-part series of performances and analysis of the comedic process, will take place at Sarah Lawrence College on April 17, May 1, and May 15.

Presented by The Writing Institute, award-winning director, writer, and producer Dave Steck hosts a cast of top comic talents who will examine the process of creating comedy in roundtable discussions and performances. Each event will begin with a roundtable discussion with the evening’s artists followed by performances and screenings of their work.

The schedule is as follows:

  • April 17, "Acting Funny: An Evening with Sketch and Improv Performers;"
  • May 1, "Writing Funny: An Evening with Movie and TV Comedy Writers;"
  • and May 15, "Talking Funny: An Evening with a Stand-up Comedian."

Each event will take place in the Donnelley Film Theatre of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, 915 Kimball Ave., Yonkers. Tickets are $18 per session/$12 for students per session and are available at .   Guest panelists/performers from Upright Citizens Brigade the first night of the series, April 17 include the following:

  • Brandon Bassham, writer/director of feature films "Fear Town, USA" and "The Slashening;" Becky Chicoine, writer, performer, and singer living in Brooklyn.
  • Sam Reece, whose work has been featured on "Splitsider," "Funny or Die," "Mashable," and more.
  • Mark Vigeant, a comedian based in New York City, is one half of the sketch group Kingmaker, whose videos have been featured on "FunnyOrDie" and the "Nerdist."
  • Dan Kenkel, writer, performer, and generally a comedian, from Ithaca, N.Y. He is currently an actor/writer/director and performs in the sketch shows of his talented friends.

Moderator Dave Steck is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. He has worked for Comedy Central as well as with many well-known comedians, including Mike Myers, Denis Leary, Robin Williams, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Paul Riser, Helen Hunt, and more, to create works for film, television, and the Internet. He is the founder and executive director of the Yonkers film festival, YoFi Fest; a founding member of ARTY, Yonkers Arts Roundtable; the force behind Art-tober; and a visual artist whose work has been shown in galleries in and around New York.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, call 914-395-2205 or e-mail

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