Fugitive Comedy Night
In 2017 Fugitive Productions began “Fugitive Comedy Night” in West Acton. The curator and host through spring 2018 was Wes Hazard — a 2017 New England Emmy Award winner recognized as an Outstanding Program Host/Moderator and named one of “5 Boston comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine.
NEW SEASON, NEW HOST!
We wish Wes Hazard a fond farewell as he sets sail for the Big Apple this fall! In his place is an equally engaging, fun-loving, and funny guy — Mike Dorval. We continue to select a lineup of the best and brightest comics working in the Boston area and nationally. The comedians who have joined us have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, TruTV, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out and have opened for numerous well-known comedians. Our audiences have, frankly, been surprised by the level of talent we’ve brought to the ‘burbs.
november 16 LINE-UP
After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best." Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. His album “We Need To Talk” documents his distinctive worldview and performance chops. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.
OCTOBER’S HEADLINER — ERIN JUDGE
“Judge tells jokes that incinerate misogynists, celebrate the fluidity of gender, and wring thoughtful hilarity out of sexual confusion.” —The Village Voice
Erin started out doing stand-up at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge. Since then, she’s appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and at lots of festivals, including Women in Comedy, Bridgetown, Boston, and Laugh Your Asheville Off, as well as Eugene Mirman’s eponymous one. She’s performed in more than 60 North American cities with the CAKE Comedy Tour. Her first comedy album, So Many Choices, is available from Rooftop Comedy. Erin’s debut novel, Vow of Celibacy, won Best Fiction at the 2016 Bi Book Awards and got great reviews. Erin’s words also appear in VanityFair.com, the Advocate, and Salon. She wrote for the stage with The Meaning of Wife, which got four stars from Time Out New York, and as a contributor to Wake Up World!, Lizz Winstead’s satirical off-Broadway show. She currently co-hosts Romantic Comedy, a popular monthly comedy show at The Ripped Bodice, the country’s first romance bookstore, in Culver City, CA.
FEATURING — BRIAN HIGGINBOTTOM
Brian is an up-and-coming comedian born and raised in Boston. He runs a weekly comedy show at McGreevy’s in the heart of Boston. Brian has performed in the Crosstown Comedy Festival in New York, was a finalist in the Beantown Comedy Riots, and is a regular at top clubs in Boston including Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Comedy Connection, and Laugh Boston. He has also been featured on Funny or Die!
FEATURING — JIAYONG LI
Jiayong bid farewell to his family in Beijing and embarked on a journey of mathematical study at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice. Watching him perform is a side-splitting yet soothing experience. He was one of the New Faces at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2017.
Bar provided by True West Brewery.
fALL 2018 SCHEDULE
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COMICS wHO HAVE PERFORMED at West Acton VILLAGEWORKS
Orlando exploded onto the Boston comedy scene in 2005, and was quickly established as one of the areas hottest young comics. His fresh perspective and unique relatability soon made this former high school teacher a fan favorite and led to a string of finalist positions in a host of contests and festivals all over the world including NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity,” Boston Comedy Festival, Montreux Comedy Festival, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Turku Comedy Festival, and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Orlando currently tours across the country performing at clubs and colleges. And when he's not doing his own thing, you can catch him on the road opening for Whitney Cummings and Jo Koy. In 2016, Orlando made his late night TV debut on the Conan show on TBS. You can watch it here!
Dan began his comedy career in late 2004 only one week into his freshman year of college. Quickly becoming a favorite in the New England area, Boulger started performing nationally after winning the Boston Comedy Festival in 2006 at the age of 20. He has since received recognition from both audiences and industry alike having performed on Comedy Central, The BBC, and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Dan has made multiple appearances on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen.
Nonye is a Nigerian-American comedian and writer working in the Northeast. She was featured in the Boston Globe's Rise column as a “Comic to Watch.” She hosts the Women in Comedy Festival's monthly show every fourth Thursday at ImprovBoston and is a co-producer of the Boston Comedy Chicks. You may have caught her at Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY, on “Night Train” with Wyatt Cenac, or producing and starring in “Will Smith: The Comedy Variety Show” at the American Repertory Theater's Club Oberon.
Born and raised in Worcester, Nick began performing stand-up comedy on a whim in 2009 and hasn’t been able to stop since. His laid back delivery and conversational tone has quickly led to becoming a regular performer all over the East Coast where he has opened for national headliners like Kyle Dunnigan and Bridget Everett. In 2016, Nick was a semi-finalist in the “Boston Comedy Festival” and performed in the “Oddball Comedy Festival.” He also made is feature film debut in the comedy, "Good Kids.”
Dan has been performing stand up comedy in and around Boston for years. His jokes can be heard on XM Radio and he has been a guest on the popular podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” A semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and the Laughing Skull Festival, Dan's stories of family and friends have entertained audiences from all over the country. Dan was named one of the top 100 comics for Season 9 of “Last Comic Standing.” His former day job of teaching 4th graders has provided him with endless amount of material. He has wanted to be a comedian since the age of eight when he stumbled upon his Father's Henny Youngman records.
“One of Boston's Best.” In a city famous for great comedians, that's how the Boston Globe described Mike Dorval. Mike has been featured in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, numerous television commercials. He recently toured overseas for the USO, entertaining thousands of US military personnel abroad and released his first live comedy album entitled, “We need to talk . . .” Mike's takes on his Catholic upbringing, love life, and the insanity of the world around him have entertained audiences at colleges and clubs across the country and prompted the Boston Herald to exclaim, “Michael Dorval is hilarious!”
Kathe is a stay-at-home mom, stand-up comedian, and snack cake enthusiast. She shares her unsolicited wisdom about hot button topics from calcium supplements to the political awfulness behind book groups. Her unoriginal, understated demeanor both surprise and impress audiences all over New England. Some of her credits include the Boston Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival and the Chicago Funny Festival. In August 2016 she was Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio, a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival 2016 as well as 2017 and opened for Todd Barry. Off stage, she teaches Intro to Stand-up at ImprovBoston and comedy workshops for the Boston Comedy Chicks/Women In Comedy Festival organization.
Toted by the Boston Globe as “one of the most consistently inventive performers” on the Boston comedy scene, Deb has been featured in numerous comedy festivals throughout the country, including “Ladies of Laughter,” “Laugh Your Asheville Off,” and the New York and Boston Comedy Festivals. She has been featured on NPR’s “Commonwealth Journal,” Lifetime’s “Girls Night Out,” and local television stations WCVB and WBZ. Deb is the founding producer of and a performer in “ColorStruck: Women of Color in Comedy,” as well as the co-executive producer of “You’ve Crossed the Line: Diversity, Humor and Freedom of Speech,” a humor and dialogue platform for college campuses and the larger community. She is also an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer.
Xazmin has distinguished herself among New England’s strongest comics with her razor-sharp joke writing and dynamic stage presence. Interrobang called her “frank and hilarious,” naming her a Boston comic to watch. Garza has performed in the Limestone, Laughing Skull, Rogue Island, and Boston Comedy Festivals — and her comedy has been featured on SIRIUSXM.
David Gerratt (Fugitive Productions founder, producer, and sometimes host. Not a comedian. Not funny — especially when he tries.)
Over the years, David has performed on a number of stages and promoted live performance in many settings — from a local farmers market to urban concert halls, from restaurants to stadiums. In 2015, he created Fugitive Productions where he produces music, storytelling, and comedy events in Boston’s ’burbs. In his day job (dba DG Communications and NonprofitDesign.com), he works as a communications consultant and graphic designer with nonprofit organizations and schools where he “promotes the good work of others by helping them look good.”
Born in Zimbabwe, Boston-based Tawanda has moved up and down the US east coast since he was three years old. Tawanda has been featured in the Boston Globe, is a comic in residence at the Comedy Studio, and appeared most recently in The Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Oregon.
A recent runner up in both the “Best of Boston Comedy” contest and the “Beantown Comedy Riots,” Steve is quickly making a name for himself in the comedy world. Drawing upon his complex life experiences, including single parenthood and his road to recovery Steve’s quick wit and charm has made him an audience favorite all over New England.
Sam Ike is a comedian from Boston. His unique stage presence and observations have made him loved by audiences nationally. He’s performed in comedy festivals including Limestone, SF Sketchfest, Big Sky, and the Second City/NBC Universal Breakout Festival in Chicago. He’s also been featured on NPR’s You’re the Expert, The Bechdel Cast on How Stuff Works Network, and The Check Spot on Sirius XM. Often, you can see Sam as the cohost of the popular weekly show, Cityside Comedy (or rewriting this bio).
With razor sharp wit and a charm once described as “ineffable,” Tooky (rhymes with cookie) Kavanagh speaks her mind with honesty, charisma, and edge. Tooky has performed in New York, Denver, and all over New England. Her standup credits include Laugh Boston, Nick’s Comedy Stop, December 2018 Comic in Residence at The Comedy Studio, The Rockwell Theater, The 2017 Women In Comedy Festival, Thunderfest 2017, The 2017 Boston Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Chicks, The 2017 Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The Producer’s Club, and Comic Sit-In at The Riot Theater. And she was selected to audition for the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. She can be seen regularly at venues such as The Comedy Studio, ImprovBoston, and Laugh Boston. (Also, she’s the one who described her own charm as “ineffable,” but it’s still true!)
New York-based comedian Carmen Lagala made her network television debut in July 2018 on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (watch it here). Originally from Vermont, Carmen endears audiences with her playful voice and anecdotes on everything from the beauty industry to the death of a Facebook friend. She opens regularly for Hari Kondabolu at comedy clubs and theaters all over the country and was featured in the prestigious Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, and the Green Mountain Comedy Festival in her home state.
As a comedian, Corey is a tenured headliner performing in clubs and colleges across the U.S. He was a featured comedian on season one of Nick Jr.’s “NickMom Night Out Comedy Showcase,” appeared on NBC’s “Family Feud” with Steve Harvey, and has a comedic resume that includes performances in Jamie Foxx’s Laffapalooza’s New Faces In Comedy, opening for DMC, and touring with legendary names such as Monique, Bill Bellamy, Eddie Griffin, Damon Wayans, and Lavell Crawford. He won the 2011 “North Carolina World Series of Comedy,” and was among the top eight in the prestigious “Las Vegas World Series of Comedy.”
Peter is a comedian hailing from Somerville. His humor resonates with the same gritty taste and sensibilities of the Boston blue collar working class. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, over the past seven years, Peter has become a well-known and established talent in the Boston comedy scene.
Known as relentlessly honest and hilarious storyteller, Steve has established himself as one of the most respected comics on the Boston scene. Drawing on his vast and varied life experience, Steve is always sure to impress while leaving you laughing — and thinking.
Janet is a Boston-based comic who’s regaled audiences all over New England with her authentic conversational style and awkwardly charming energy. You might recognize Janet as being the auditioner of Americian Idol season, an appearance that introduced a national audience to her joie de vivre and infectious energy. (Janet doesn’t speak French.)
Kwasi bridges the gap between insightful observations about race and still thinking he could be a Power Ranger when he was 15. He's opened for SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, and W. Kamau Bell. He also co-produces “Laughing Liberally Boston,” a show that combines comedy with progressive politics. He's been featured in SF Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition in Chicago, and just recorded his first hour of stand up titled. "Not From Around Here."
Al has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He recently won the Boston Comedy Festival and Cleveland Comedy Festival competitions, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. Named Boston’s Best Comedian of 2016 by Improper Bostonian magazine, Park mixes sharp observation and cultural satire with plenty of self-deprecation for a unique, authentic comic voice. He is a winner of the Boston Comedy Festival and his standup can be heard on Audible.com. He made his television debut on FOX TV’s “Laughs” in 2017.
As a life-long bachelor and full-time single dad, Chris relies on his dysfunctional family and off-beat view of the world to find humor in everyday life. Chris was a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Riots. He has performed at Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and The Boston Comedy Festival. Chris was a finalist in CMTs Next Big Comic competition and was also seen on CMT. In 2013, Chris won the Foxwoods Casino “Last Comix Standing” comedy contest. Chris can be found on ulive.com, where his material was made into an animated short, and at chrispennie.com.
Jere has been performing standup comedy for over half a decade. Drawing from life stories and a mischievous perspective, Jere connects with audiences through an absurd and hilarious madness that his suits and ties cannot contain. He has been playing nationwide and has been featured on NPR’s Stories to Scenes, the Nerdist Podcast Network, and the Thunderfest Comedy Festival.
Carolyn pulls material from the hum-drum, day-today monotony of the life of everyman. To Carolyn the monumental is easy . . . it’s our existence that’s so hard, yet so ridiculous. Some women look in the mirror and complain because they aren’t pretty enough, not rich enough, not young enough. Carolyn gives her reflection the finger. Possessing an uncanny ability to introspectively pull from places most of us hide, Carolyn puts a nail through the heart of whiners, self-loathers and the self-sorry of the world and makes the average seem hilarious and larger than life. Most of all, Carolyn’s twisted perception of our common existence leaves audiences hysterically shaking heads in agreement with her assessment that the world is indeed a very funny place.
Lamont is a Boston-based comedian who has appeared in every major festival including: Montreal “Just for Laughs,” “Rooftop Comedy Aspen Festival,” “Boston Comedy Festival,” “NY Comedy Festival,” “Women in Comedy Festival,” and “Rogue Island Comedy Festival” — just to name a few. He has been featured in Hulu’s “Triumph The Insult Comic Dog’s Election Special”, “NPR: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn”, “Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour” and has recently has been named to “Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch.” Lamont has shared the stage with hundreds of comedians including Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Dave Attel, Judah Friedlander, Patrice O’Neal, Jessica Williams, Brian Kiley, Steven Wright, Dane Cook, Marc Maron, Greg Fitzsimmons, Wyatt Cenac, Dom Irrera, Bob Marley, and Phoebe Robinson. He is writing an animated pilot scheduled to be released in Spring 2018.
Katie has been creating a solid fan-base in Greater Boston for years. Sarcastic yet vulnerable, she veils her feminist agenda behind up-speak and vocal fry. She was a featured performer in the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, The Women In Comedy Festival, and is a co-producer for the Mendoza Line Comedy Show, every Saturday night in the heart of Boston.
Srilatha, tech nerd, born and raised in India is a Cambridge-based stand-up comedian and storyteller. She shines a spotlight on cultural absurdities from the unique perspective of an Indian born woman living in today’s America. She has opened for several national headliners like W Kamau Bell, Myk Kaplan, Ahmed Bharoocha, and Judah Friendlander. Last November, she was Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio in Boston. She is the co-producer and co-host of Laughing Liberally Boston, Boston’s first and only progressive political comedy show. (Her family in India is not aware of these shenanigans.)
Jon is a comedian and writer based in New York City who has appeared on "TheTonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late NIght with Jammy Fallon," "Comic Unleashed," and "Gotham Comedy Live," and has been heard on Sirius XM Radio. Since 2009, he has been a staff writer for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," earning two Emmy nominations. He has also written for Seth Meyers for the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner and 2011 ESPY Awards. He performs regularly at Broadway Comedy Club and the Comedy Cellar in New York City. He is a native of North Hampton, NH and is a 2005 graduate of Emerson College.
Corey was the winner of The Catch a New Rising Star, The Funniest Comic in New England, and the 2017 Big Sky Comedy Festivals. He has been featured on the hilarious Gotham Live and Laughs on Fox television shows and currently can be heard on Sirius XM. In the early years of his career, he honed and developed his skills on the stage of Boston’s Improv Asylum, after which he became a part of his own short-form improv troupe, “Flaming Awesome.” Referred to as funny, endearing, edgy, quick and exceptionally likeable when he is on the stage, Corey owns the crowd.
Emily is a staple on the Boston Stand Up scene. She has been featured in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Emily has performed on “Laughs TV” on the Fox Network and the popular “Two Dope Queens” podcast.
Laura is a working mother of two by day, and comedian by night. She started standup in 2001, followed by a detour into marriage, motherhood, and middle management. She recently performed in New Orleans and Las Vegas. Laura’s comedic material comes from her large, dysfunctional Dorchester family, mean-spirited co-workers, and her two small children. She is an associate producer for the “Boston Comedy Chicks” and a regular performer at the Comedy Studio and Improv Boston.
Still fresh off the line and with that “new car” smell, comedian Will Smalley has readily established himself as one of the powerful new voices and joke writers in the Boston comedy scene. Will has been a finalist in the “Boston Comedy Festival”, a “Comic in Residence” at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, and can be found playing all the major clubs, venues and colleges across New England. Additionally Will is the announcer for “The Old School Game Show,” which has emerged as wildly popular "Must See" Boston event.
Jennie is a writer/comedian from New Jersey. She is a writer for the TruTV series “Paid Off.” She's written for “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Comedy Central and MTV. Jennie has appeared in the New York Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The DC Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Her sketch team Dollar Pizza has been featured on Huffington Post, Funny or Die, MSN, College Humor and the LA Times. She's also a writer/performer for "All Female Reboot" and can be seen doing parodies of films if they had all women in them at The Tank every month. When Jennie isn't speaking in the third person she's perfecting the last sentence of her bio.
Sean has earned his place in the prestigious Boston Comedy Scene through over a decade of producing refreshing, original comedy. Sean's signature quick wit and loose, improvisational style guarantees that every show is one to remember. A favorite at clubs, colleges, and corporate events, Sean has been deemed a “Comic to Watch” by the Boston Herald and he made his national television debut on Comedy Central's “Live at Gotham.”
Bethany Van Delft
Bethany’s “hip and grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for “Laughs Festival” in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re The Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be a Mainstage storyteller and host for The MOTH.
Mike — whose innovative material and style made him the hit and semi-finalist in the prestigious “Boston Comedy Festival” — has become one of Boston’s best and busiest comedians. One of the most versatile and entertaining performers working today, he can be seen at colleges and top venues around the country.