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Montrose Voice, No. 95, August 20, 1982 - File 023. 1982-08-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2979/show/2972.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 95, August 20, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date August 20, 1982
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 22 MONTROSE VOICE / AUGUST 20, 1982 The Comedy Workshop resident company (left to right) consists of Fred Greenlee, Ken Polk, Toni Potts, Paul Menzal, Sharon Menzal The Best of Comedy Workshop: Insightful Humor By Billie Duncan They exist in a netherworld somewhere between the Twilight Zone and your funny bone and they enter each with amazing frequency. They are the actors who populate the stage of the Comedy Workshop, 2105 San Felipe, with everyone from the ultimate commuters to Mexican musicians to ama- tuer Shakesearean actors. With five woooden chairs, a wonderful unseen sound effects person and superb imaginations, the cast of The Best of Comedy Workshop, Volume II creates a variety of settings that serve as springboards for their particular and pecular brand of humor. Some of their characterizations and ideas work better than others. All of them have a sense of insight into the way that poeple feel, think and behave. Although some of the spots (segments of the show) border on complete absurdity, they are anchored by the very human reactions and manuverings of the characters in the situations. The opening number, which was a live musical feature, was apparently about the Workshop. The lyrics were almost impos sible to understand. It is possible that it was titled something like "Big Laughs" and might have explained about the exit signs in some clever way. The next spot was a very, very funny look at what motivates the average commuter, played in the absolutely serious style of such films as Damnation Alley and Godzilla. The sound effects in this one added immeasurably to the sense of absurd reality (or real absurdity). The next spot also used sound effects, but with a less satisfying result. This scene played on the basic irratation that most people have when rude and noisy nurds sit next to them in a movie and proceed to make it impossible for anyone to hear or see what is going on. Even with the super comic talents of Kenneth Polk, this scene lacked punch. Pulling the show back on track, the next scene was a warmly intelligent duet of two old men in Tranquillity Park. The scene opened with one of the men feeding the rats. As the dialogue progressed, the characters commented in a gentle and humorous way on Social Security, Preparation H, sports strikes, the PLO, budget cuts, senior citizens in the army and over crowded prisons. The actors managed to portray older people without being strident or mocking. A scene in a Mexican resaurant showed off the group's musical abilities and was a laugh riot at the same time. The last spot in the first act concerned a guy involving his friends in a lie in order to get out of a marriage proposal. It was excellent, showing very human and natural interrelationships that formed the basis for roll-over laughter. After a much needed intermission, the second act opened on a European train ride that featured Steve Farrell as an overbearing young novelist who carried most of the scene in a direct address to the audience. The sound effects on this one were superb and probably involved more than one person. The next scene featured two actresses in much the same way as the scene about the two old men featured two actors in the first act. Set just after a bridal shower, the two Houston housewives talked about the other guests and traded personal secrets. The only bothersome part about this was what went into the crock pot. With everything else on the level of honest humor with the laughs coming from the sense of the truth about the situation and the people, the bit of absurdity with the food just did not fit. It was probably funny to the cast in rehearsal. As a change of pace, a slide slot was next, with music backing the slides of a cowboy mowing the lawn. The concept and execution combined to provide a real rib-tickler. The closing piece was a presentation of the Betty Furness Memorial Theater's production of MacBeth. Enough said. The cast on opening night was composed of Paul Menzel, Ken Polk, Sharon Menzel, Vicki Farrell and Steve Farrell. Alternating on other nights with Steve will be Fred Greenlee. Paul Menzel is solid and intelligent in his approach, while Ken Polk is a total wacko, adroitly walking the tightrope between truthful humor and complete insanity. Sharon Menzel has a keen sense of characterization and can switch from a soda- slurping old biddy to a tender girlfriend on the drop of a cue. Vicki Farrell combines warmth, honesty and a sharp sense of comic timing. Steve Farrell has a good sense of concentration and a developing sense of flair. The Best of Comedy Workshop, Volume II is exciting and refreshing and (moBt of all) exceedingly entertaining. Nightclub Entertainment This Week In Montrose (Friday, Augusl20. through Thursday, August26) ■ PIANO Zelda Rose 9pm Tuesday through Saturday 4 Mary Hooper 4 Bill Hudson 9pm Monday at Rascals, 2702 Kirby. 524-6272 Jim Cater & Jeff Longino Bpm Friday; Tom Williams & Jeff Longino 8pm Saturday; Greg Davis 8pm Sunday 4 Monday; Tom Williams Spm Tuesday; Lee LaForge 8pm Wednesday; Mickey Rankin & Roxie Starr 8pm Thursday at Keyboard, 3012 Milam, 528-6988 Richard Askin & Dana Rogers 10pm nightly (except Monday & Tuesday) at the Copa (piano bar), 2631 Richmond. 528-2259 Sheila Ceasar 9pm Tuesday through Saturday & Lionshare 9pm Sunday & Monday at Baja's, 402 Lovett, 527-9866 Alexandra Haas 4 Michael Bailey Friday. Saturday, Wednesday 4 Thursday at Arno's, 4002 Montrose. 528-2993 Keoki Kona 5pm Friday & Saturday. 3pm Sunday 4 Spm Wednesday & Thursday at the Hole, 109 Tuam, 528-9066 ■ COUNTRY & COUNTRY/ROCK The New Happy Trail Riders Country-Western Boggle Band 9:30pm Friday 4 Saturday at Happy Trails. 715 Fairview, 521-2792 Ab 4 the Rebel Outlaws 9:30pm Friday 4 Saturday 4 8:30pm Thursday at the Exile. 1011 Bell, 659-0453, & 8:30pm Sunday at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos, 528-9192 Flying Blind Band 9pm Tuesday-Saturday at Miss Charlotte's. 911 Drew, 526-8840 Mustang Band 9:30pm Friday 4 Saturday & 8:30pm Wednesday 4 Thursday at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos. 528-9192 Happy Trial Riders 9pm Wednesday at E/J's, 1213 Richmond, 527-9071 "L" 9pm Friday 4 Irish Folk 9pm Wednesday at the Parlour, 2402 Mandell, 529-8069 Susan Christian 5:30pm Friday; Reynolds & Rand 5:30pm Monday; Rawslyn Ruffin 5:30pm Tuesday: & Lyra 5:30pm Wednesday & Thursday at Kindred Spirits, 5245 Buffalo Speedway, 665-9756 ■ SHOW GROUPS Dixie Kings 9pm Saturday 4 Spm Sunday at Happy Trails, 715 Fairview, 521-2792 Mata Hari 9:30pm Friday & Saturday & Lee LaForge, Kim Yvette & Dianne Chaiston 9pm Sunday at Bacchus. 523 Lovett, 523-3396 John Day & Co. 6pm Sunday at E/J's, 1213 Richmond, 527-9071 ■ JAZZ The ADQ Jazz Quartet 8pm Sunday at Harrar's. 428 Westheimer, 526-2895 Robert Ceballos Group 9pm Sunday & with Jimmy Ford 9pm Friday, Saturday, Wednesday & Thursday at Las Brisas, 614 W Gray, 528-9959 Windrose9:30pm nightly (except Sunday 4 Monday); & Horace Crisby 9:30pm Sunday 4 Monday at Birdwatchers, 907 Westheimer, 527-0595 ■ NU WAVE/PUNK The Jitters & Random Culture 9:30pm Friday, the Haskells & the Explosives 9:30pm Saturday, the Leap 9:30pm Wednesday, and Us. Vernal Abuse & Doomsday Massacre 9:30pm Thursday at Omni, 1540 Westheimer, 528-4230 ■ DISCO Linda Clifford 10:30pm Friday at the Copa, 2631 Richmond. 528-2259 ■ COMEDY The Best ol Comedy Workship Volume II 8:30 4 11pm Friday 4 Saturday 4 8:30pm Wednesday 4 Thursday; Manuel Labor is the Not the President of Mexico 8:30pm Sunday 4 Monday at Comedy Workshop, 2105 San Felipe, 524-7333. Stand-up comics nightly at Commix Annex, 2105 San Felipe, 524-7333 Jeft Altman, Robert Aguayo 4 Adrienne Tolsch 8 4 10:30pm Friday, 7:30, 10 4 midnight Saturday, 4 8:30pm Sunday; & Gabe Kaplan. Barry Marder 4 Adrienne Tolsch 8:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday 4 Thursday at the Latf Stop. 1952-A W. Gray, 524-2333. ■ IMPRESSIONISTS Donna Day, Naomi Sims 4 Hot Chocolate Sunday evening at the Copa. 2631 Richmond. 528-2259 Little Bobby, Tracey, 4 guests Sunday evening at Exile, 1011 Bell, 659-0453 "Playgirl Follies" 10:30pm Saturday at Pink Elephant. 1218 Leeland, 659-0040 ■ MISCELLANEOUS Talent shows Tuesday evening at the Copa, 2631 Richmond. 528-2259. Wednesday evening at Midnite Sun, 534 Westheimer. 526-75t9; 4 Thursday evening at Twins. 535 Westheimer. 520-0244
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