One of the best things about being a stand-up comedian in Orlando is that there are so many different options for performing comedy. Whether you travel outside of Orlando itself to Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Winter Park, or the Milk District, or even further out like Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, or Melbourne, there is almost always a stage and a microphone to be found.
Sometimes it’s just about finding the right venue for comedy, and that’s what I’m looking forward to with my next big show. On Friday, March 20th, I’m working with Acme Superstore, a comic book store, to put on a fantastic comedy show. Acme recently renovated their entire location in Longwood (between Altamonte Springs and Lake Mary), and their giant “Danger Room” is a perfect room for someone who is looking for something to do on a Friday night in the Orlando area!
I have the pleasure of working with Dustin Diamond for this show. As our headliner, Dustin is flying in from Los Angeles just to perform in front of the lucky crowd at Acme Superstore. I’m producing two comedy shows that night – one at 7:30 and one at 10, just to give the Central Florida audience enough of a chance to come out and watch. It’s interesting producing a show with a controversial comedian like Dustin Diamond. People like to remember him as playing Screech from “Saved By The Bell” and I can’t blame him for taking some drastic steps in the opposite direction to distinguish himself. He’s not Screech. He’s Dustin, a separate person, and until you’ve been in his shoes as a child star who is forever typecast as a goofy, nerdy guy, how can you ever imagine what it’s actually like?
The most important thing about a comedy show is whether or not it’s funny. And this one will be. Obviously, Dustin Diamond is a well-established comic with a long background of stand-up and a track record for entertaining audiences with his stories and material. Plus, I get to feature, which is the easiest part of peforming stand-up comedy. The host has to warm up the crowd and get them ready to pay attention, and he or she takes the bullet for that. The headlining comedian has to be consistently funny enough for 45 minutes to an hour and end on enough of an upswing that audiences are happy. The feature? All you have to do is not screw up for 30 minutes!
If you live anywhere in the Orlando area, even if it’s Ocoee, Windermere, Avalon Park, or Claremont, or if you’re visiting from somewhere else and looking for a fun event or activity to do while you’re in Florida, come out to Acme Superstore on Friday, March 20th and watch stand-up comedy. The emcee for the night is one of the funniest up-and-coming comedians in Orlando right now, and if you haven’t seen Sean Finnerty, now is your chance before he makes it big and pretends like he doesn’t know any of us. Go over to BrownPaperTickets to get your tickets and I’ll see you at the show!