Long Island Comedy Festival
Laugh the night away when the Long Island Comedy Festival’s summer showcase stops at the Madison Theatre. This lively evening, hosted by Paul Anthony, features a witty lineup of creative talent who consistently appear at the top venues in Manhattan and elsewhere. Bryan McKenna, Scott Schendlinger, Mick Thomas, Carie Karavas and Joe Starr all contribute their unique comic insights to a memorable evening of comedy. McKenna is making waves in New York’s comedy scene, often touring with Jim Breuer; East Rockaway-based Schendlinger entertains audiences with a charismatic and uplifting delivery of his skewed observations of his life’s experiences; Thomas, who grew up in Ireland, has become known for his honest and genuinely original takes on American society and life as a young and dedicated family man; Karavas, a national headliner, captivates audiences with her tough, street smart, wisecracking insights. And Starr, a favorite on the club circuit, has a style that melds old and new make him at once singular, uncommon, familiar and unique.
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m. $35. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org or www.licomedy.com.
The renowned singer-songwriter continues to create and perform, as he redefines a celebrated career of over four decades. He’s eager to share his iconic hits, “On and On,” “It Might Be You,” “Save It For A Rainy Day,” and “Separate Lives,” on his latest concert tour, along with songs from his new album, “We’ll Talk About It Later In The Car.” A popular figure in the music industry, Bishop has released 17 albums and has played his songs personally for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Melissa Manchester and Katy Perry. Eric Clapton even mentions Bishop as one of his favorite songwriters in his autobiography. Bishop’s hit “It Might Be You” was the theme to the film “Tootsie.” Bishop has also written the themes to several films, including National Lampoon’s “Animal House,” “The Money Pit” and “White Nights.” In addition to singing the theme song off-screen, Bishop had a cameo in “Animal House” as the aspiring folk singer whose guitar is smashed by John Belushi. He still keeps the smashed guitar as a memento.
Saturday, July 20, 8 p.m. $50. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.