‘Magic & More’ show promises to entertain and astound
This year’s comedy-magic show at the 2016 Great Amerian Comedy Festival promises to entertain and astound, hearkening back to the days of variety shows. The festival kicks off Wednesday, June 15, with its annual “Magic & More” show as a tribute to Johnny Carson’s lifelong interest in magic.
Richard Barrett, manager of the famed Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles, again selected the lineup of performers for this year’s show. “I’m really excited about the show this year,” he said. “Norfolk and the surrounding community have been so great to me and this show. I’ve really tried to book acts that are appropriate for kids but still appealing to adults. And I’ve think we’ve done that again. If you’ve enjoyed the shows in the past, you’re going to have a blast at this one.”
Scheduled to perform are Chipper Lowell, Les Arnold & Dazzle, and a return visit from Derek Hughes.
Hughes, who also will serve as the show’s host, has had quite the year after hosting the “Magic & More” show in Norfolk last summer. He spent much of the summer appearing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where he advanced all the way to the finals. That led to him touring across the country, headlining at sold-out comedy clubs, theaters and colleges. He has spent the first few months of 2016 working alongside Michael Carbonaro to create bewildering effects for the upcoming season of the hit TruTV show, “The Carbonaro Effect.”
Barrett said, “It’s pretty cool to see the rest of the country realize what we’ve known for years: Derek is one of the brightest minds, quickest wits and most mind-blowing magicians in the world.”
Les Arnold & Dazzle are universally respected and admired in the magic community, Barrett said. “They combine humor and dance with some very strong magic tricks. The act is fun, upbeat, playful and timeless,” he said. What appears to be the typical magician with an assistant are actually two superior entertainers equally skilled at delighting audiences, he said.
Chipper Lowell is a master of many skills – magic, juggling, comedy, illusions and circus tricks. “He’s as funny as a headlining comedian while he’s performing world-class magic and juggling dangerous items. Chipper’s energetic and engaging persona whips the crowd into a frenzy each time,” Barrett said. “He’s delightful and astounding at the same time.”
Continuing the festival’s tradition of engaging young people in the art of magic, the festival is inviting aspiring magicians ages 10-18 to audition for the chance to perform their best trick to those attending the “Magic & More” show and meet with the professional magicians.
The Great American Comedy Festival will present its ninth year in June, with performances from Wednesday, June 15, through Saturday, June 18. Headlining the festival shows will be comedians Tom Cotter and Rocky LaPorte. The Johnny Carson Comedy Legend award also will be presented.
For more information on the festival, go to www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com or contact Lori Williams, the festival’s executive director, at 402-750-3516. For more information on how young magicians can audition to be part of this year’s festival, contact Susan Warneke at firstname.lastname@example.org