‘The Complete History of Comedy Abridged’ Coming to Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. October 22, 2014 – Friends, neighbors, countrymen – in short, everyone living up or down the Rio Grande – lend me your eyes: You can watch “The Complete History of Comedy” unfold on Thursday, Oct. 30 at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for this Performing Arts Series (PAS) event featuring the Reduced Shakespeare Company.


 ' A Complete History of Comedy' will come to the stage at Macey Center for its only stop in New Mexico on October 30. 


This is the show that skewers and showcases historical individuals and comedic styles from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin, to more contemporary fodder including The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.

 “We are so excited to host the only performance of ‘The Complete History of Comedy abridged’ up and down I-25, and are hoping a lot of our neighbors join us that evening,” PAS Director Ronna Kalish said.

 “This truly is an opportunity to watch first-class entertainment at small-town prices, thanks to our PAS sponsors and supporters,” she said. “Come join us for the fun and stay for the laughs.”

From cavemen telling “rock-rock” jokes to comedian Chris Rock and a whole lot in-between, the troupe known as “the bad boys of abridgment,” leave no joke untold as they weave a witty salute to the people and things we Homo Sapiens find funny.

“People often find themselves laughing at things they might not have thought amusing,” Kalish said. “That laughter tells us a lot about ourselves, which is the underlying theme of the show.”

The Reduced Shakespeare Company, which began in 1981 as a pass-the-hat act in California, is a three-man troupe that takes serious subjects and distills them into short, sharp comedies. They have nine stage shows to their credit, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed worldwide.

“The Company has performed at some classy venues, including the White House, the Kennedy Center, and London’s West End Theatre, not to mention playing to audiences from Australia and New Zealand to Belgium and Bermuda,” noted Kalish.

And they’ve earned rave reviews along the way.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer: “I don’t want to get too philosophical here. Just know that you’ll laugh. Not at everything, mind you. Some of the material may make you uncomfortable. It’s supposed to. Mostly, though, you will laugh. Really hard.”

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a winner of the prestigious Shorty Award and has been nominated for an Olivier Award in London, two Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and several podcast awards.

Sponsors for “The Complete History of Comedy” are the New Mexico Tech Graduate Student Association, Socorro Insurance Mart, Inc. (S.I.M.I.), IRIS-PASSCAL, Katharine Bejnar, AMEC,  and Socorro Econo Lodge.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up, online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech