Comedy Series Journey Downtown Promises Lots of Laughs in Vacaville – The Vacaville Reporter


What the world needs now is laughter. And more laughter. Then press the repeat button.

And a few area entertainment promoters fill the bill with comedy nights once a month on weekends, June through September, at Journey Downtown in Vacaville.

Frazier Trager Presents features a list of comedians who have appeared on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and major television networks.

The series will launch at 7:30 p.m. on June 18 with “Chicago” headliner Steve Barkley, with Brooke Heinechen opening on a fun night hosted by Pat McCoy.

In a press release, promoter Kevin Frazier said McCoy was voted high school “most likely to back down,” but shared the stage with well-known comics like George Lopez and the late Robin Williams. McCoy refuses to grow up and enjoys making fun of himself and the ever-changing world around him.

Heinechen is a stand-up comedian from San Francisco whose high-energy, feel-good comedy spans her upbringing in Ohio, bonded with spirited, lively storytelling and warm crowd interaction. She is the winner of the 2019 Rooster T. Feather Comedy Contest, beating nearly 200 comics. Heinechen performed at SF Sketchfest 2018 and 2019, selected as one of Audible’s 2018 Fresh Faces of Stand-Up (a show highlighted in the USA Today newspaper). She was shortlisted for the 2018 SF International Comedy Competition and has performed at the San Francisco Punch Line, Cobb’s Comedy Club and is a paid regular at Rooster T. Feathers.

“Chicago” Steve Barkley leads the June 18 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. (Courtesy photo – Frazier Trager presents)

Barkley’s resume shows he’s been the cause of the spirit in others at all times in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and for corporate clients in a career that spans more than 40 years. . He is a veteran of HBO, A&E’s “Comedy Express” and the Showtime Comedy Club Network. In addition to opening for Ray Charles, the Doobie Brothers and Neil Young, Barkley was also the winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People.” Frazier said it boasted “a high-energy delivery punctuated with sound effects and an animated style”.

On July 9, the second show features Mean Dave and headliner Ellis Rodriguez.

Mean Dave is a regular at Cobb’s Comedy and the San Francisco and Sacramento Punch Line clubs. Frazier said that most of Mean Dave’s life was “littered with utter disappointment and outright betrayal that only a sarcastic, cynical sense of humor can remedy”.

Ellis Rodriguez, winner of the 2018 San Francisco Comedy Competition, headlines the July 9 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville.  (Courtesy photo -- Frazier Trager presents)
Ellis Rodriguez, winner of the 2018 San Francisco Comedy Competition, headlines the July 9 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. (Courtesy photo – Frazier Trager presents)

Rodriguez’s passion for stand-up comedy is evident every time he performs. He is a favorite at West Coast comedy clubs including Improv, Laugh’s Unlimited, Tommy T’s and Laugh Factory. He has also performed in filmed showcases including “Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam,” “Laugh’s On FOX,” and Comedy Central and Kevin Hart’s “Hart of the City.” Winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2018, Rodriguez’s comedy appeals to all audiences and has included American troupes overseas, Frazier said.

The August 6 show features Emily Van Dyke and headliner Dan St. Paul.

Hailing from the Midwest, Van Dyke loves best friend tattoos and, according to Frazier, “telling inappropriate stories at baby showers.” With wit and an eye for observation, she’s a Bay Area favorite and a regular performer at the San Francisco Punchline.

Dan St. Paul, who leads the Aug. 6 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville, once opened for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which he jokes
Dan St. Paul, who leads the Aug. 6 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville, once opened for the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, who, he jokes, “I knew them when they were just a garage band”. (Courtesy photo – Frazier Trager presents)

St. Paul has been a national headlining comedian at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, FOX, Comedy Central, A&E and VH-1. He has also opened for artists such as Ringo Starr, Natalie Cole, Hall and Oates, Vince Gill, Clint Black, Chicago and even the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, of whom he jokes: “I knew them when they were born. were just a garage band. ”

His “First Baseball Game” is one of the most requested comedies on the syndicated radio show “Bob & Tom.” A favorite on the Princess and Holland America cruise lines, St. Paul also tours theaters and major retirement colonies with his one-man show, “What’s Funny After 50?”

The series concludes on September 23 with comedians Jeff Applebaum and Maureen Langan, who headline.

Applebaum made his national television debut on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” on CBS. He has also appeared on “Comics Unleashed” and ComedyTV, Byron Allen’s national entertainment studio show, ABC-TV, “America’s Got Talent” on NBC, and has opened for and performed with comic book legends Robert Klein. , Mort Sahl, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Kevin Pollak, Elayne Boosler, Jimmy “JJ” Walker and many more. Applebaum’s “Dry Bar Comedy” special came out in 2020, and he’s also a frequent guest on KGO-AM 810 in San Francisco.

A veteran of comedy clubs around the world, a Las Vegas hotel star who's also appeared on TV and in movies, Maureen Langan tops the September 23 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville.  (Courtesy photo -- Frazier Trager presents)
A veteran of comedy clubs around the world, a Las Vegas hotel star who’s also appeared on TV and in movies, Maureen Langan tops the September 23 comedy show at Journey Downtown in Vacaville. (Courtesy photo – Frazier Trager presents)

An award-winning broadcaster, international comedian, TEDx Talks speaker, and corporate and event host, Langan has performed on Broadway with Rosie O’Donnell and shared the stage with Robin Williams, Steven Wright, Joy Behar, Gladys Knight and Jordan. Sparks, to name a few.

Known for her quick wit and honest rants about the absurdities of life, she has performed internationally and also performed at the Borgata in Atlantic City, the Tropicana in Las Vegas and is a regular at Caroline’s on Broadway. His television appearances include “Gotham Live”, HBO, MSNBC, CBS, “Comics Unleashed” and in the 2003 Paramount Pictures film “Marci X”.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO
Frazier Trager Presents
Comedy series
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 18, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 2
Downtown trip
308 Main Street, Vacaville
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
www.ftpresents.com

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