Thursday, July 07, 2011

SAN BERNARDINO: California Theatre brings back comedy fest

The LOL Comedy Festival is returning to the California Theatre of the Performing Arts to tape more specials for the Showtime cable network.

It will bring six headliners to downtown San Bernardino in four evenings, Aug. 25-28.
They are sitcom star Anthony Clark ("Yes, Dear"), Jeff Dye, Jay Mohr, Tommy Chong, Rita Rudner and Willie Barcena, who participated in the 2010 LOL festival at the California Theatre. The DVD of that concert will be released this month.

The 2011 concerts are posted on the California Theatre website but were not yet on sale at at press time.

The website did not post show times. But according to the event description there will be free entertainment outside the theater, as there was last summer.
The theater coordinated on the street event with the city and other San Bernardino agencies as a line-free way of loading audiences into the theater for the 2010 LOL festival. There were two tapings on July 30 and three on July 31.

The turnout around the theater on July 31 was comparable to the Stater Bros. Route 66 Rendezvous, Joseph Hansen of the California Theatre said at the time. Emil Marzullo, executive director of the San Bernardino Economic Development Agency, described the crowd control as "flawless."

The 2010 event featured nearly two dozen comics, including Tom Arnold, Caroline Rhea, Jon Lovitz and Louie Anderson. More names are yet to be announced for 2011.
The LOL Comedy Festival is only one recent addition to the California Theatre schedule.

California Theatre
LOL Comedy Festival: Aug. 25-28
'Forever Tango': 8 p.m. Aug. 13, $38.50-$77.50
'Rock of Ages': $50-$77.50 plus fees.
Where: 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino
Information: 909-885-5152,

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