WTA’s Gateway Comedy Night

The Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway will host its first comedy night on Friday, Aug. 26.  The performances are at 8 pm and 10 pm at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.  The August performances will be followed in September by the Gateway’s Top Comic Competition.

The Aug. 26 performances will be presented by the Charlottesville Comedy Roundtable.  The performances are the first for the “Bone Thugs N Comedy” tour featuring CCR original members Jim Zarling and Bill Metzger. In nearly three years of existence, the Comedy Roundtable has helped dozens of comics hone their craft while also bringing regular, high quality comedy shows to Charlottesville. This will be the first tour headlined by comics from Charlottesville. After hitting the Wayne Theatre, the tour will be heading south to Knoxville, Chattanooga and Atlanta, with potential stops coming soon in the Carolinas.

Jim Zarling is the founder of the CCR and the driving force behind the growing stand up comedy scene in Charlottesville. He brings an unusual style to the stage mixing observational humor with social criticism and improvisation so that each show is a unique experience. He wants audiences to feel like they’ve been a part of something rather than passive viewers of his act. He has been a feature performer at Richmond’s F-Bomb festival and at the Cape Fear Comedy Festival in Wilmington, N.C.

A veteran of the Virginia comedy scene, Bill Metzger got his start on the DC circuit and has since made a presence for himself all along the East Coast. The first member of the Charlottesville Comedy Roundtable, Bill’s true life adventures and atypical ponderings have made him a fan favorite from New York to North Carolina.

Leah Woody has been a favorite in Charlottesville since taking the CCR’s comedy writing class. Her takes on dating, cats and small town life strike a chord with audiences across the state and have cemented her as the “Classy Broad” of comedy.

Bennington Grant is one of the funniest up and coming young comics in central Virginia. Whether he’s reading the letters he writes to celebrities, the angry messages he gets on Facebook or just drinking a carton of milk he is guaranteed to get laugh.

Tickets for the Aug. 26 performances are $10.  They are available online at www.waynetheatre.org or by calling 877-840-0457.  Tickets are also available at the door on the evening of performances.

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