‘Com­edy Night’ to leave ev­ery­one laugh­ing in the aisles

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA - By Elizabeth Fisher

Ad­vance cor­re­spon­dent BRISTOi BOR­OUGH - If co­me­dian Grover Sil­cox’s in­nate sense of hu­mor leaks out dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view, he’s gotta be a riot in per­son. Well, he’s been hurl­ing jokes at au­di­ences since the ‘T0s and was part of the pack that kicked Philadel­phia com­edy clubs into high gear back then, so he’s bound to bring gales of laugh­ter when he ap­pears in Com­edy Night at the Bris­tol River­side The­atre on Feb. 28.

The com­edy show also features two other veteran co­me­di­ans: funny guy - great with im­pres­sions, they say - Steve Shaf­fer, and comediDn/PDJLFLDn 1RUP .ODU. 7KH HvHnW wLOO EHnH­fiW the af­ter school pro­gram of the Bris­tol Bor­ough 21st Cen­tury Com­mu­nity iearn­ing Cen­ter.

Sil­cox and Shaf­fer started more than 30 years ago with standup acts af­ter per­suad­ing the owner of Ca­vanaugh’s restau­rant/tav­ern in West Philadel­phia to give them a lit­tle space to per­form. hlar sort of “wan­dered in” to the restau­rant at a later date but his act im­proved un­til he “be­came very, very good,” Sil­cox said.

Sil­cox is a standup co­me­dian who also writes and pro­duces shows for com­pa­nies, clubs, fundraiser events, pri­vate par­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Shaf­fer counts among his cred­its sev­eral ap­pear­ances on gohnny Car­son’s “Tonight Show,” “Comic Strip iive,” and “Evening at the Im­prov.”

hlar has opened for such stars as Tim Allen, Emo Phillips, and Soupy Sales. Sil­cox said hlar’s com­edy/magic act is a com­bi­na­tion of skill and slap­stick which prom­ises to “amaze” the au­di­ence.

“We’re work­ing to­gether on this show but each of us has also been a head­liner,” Sil­cox said.

Com­edy has changed since the old Vaude­ville days, when the same ma­te­rial was passed around and each per­former put his own touches on the works. To­day, co­me­di­ans write their own ma­te­rial, a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge but one that they take pride in, Sil­cox said.

“A friend of mine who writes for the iet­ter­man show said it best. Coming up with fresh ma­te­rial is like hav­ing a mus­cle that needs con­di­tion­ing. He started writ­ing 15 jokes a day for the show. Then it was 20. Now he can do as many as 50. It all gets bet­ter with ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

7KH FRPHGy nLJKW LV SLOFRx’V fiUVW SHUIRU­mance in Bris­tol at a the­ater he’s long heard about. His Aunt Mary vol­un­teered at BRT in its early days and when he was per­form­ing in a one-man show, “Edgar Al­lan Poe,” she al­ways tried to en­cour­age her nephew to book a per­for­mance there, he re­called with a laugh. iong­time bor­ough res­i­dents might also re­mem­ber other fam­ily mem­bers Edna Pierce and Amelia Sul­li­van, who for many years owned and op­er­ated the Bris­tol Flower Shop on Mul­berry Street.

Tick­ets are $30 and can be pur­chased at Great IDs by Anne, Rad­cliffe and Mul­berry streets; Mignoni gewelry, 200 Mill Street; and the BrisWRO BRURuJK 7Dx RI­fiFH, ORFDWHG Ln WKH PunLFLSDO build­ing at Pond and Mul­berry streets.

The learn­ing cen­ter is an af­ter school pro­gram that of­fers aca­demic help, sports, mu­sic, scouts, and other ac­tiv­i­ties for Bris­tol Bor­ough VWuGHnWV. 7KH JUDGH-VSHFL­fiF SURJUDPV DUH FuUrently funded by fed­eral grants dis­trib­uted by United Way of Bucks County, but the over­sight board is look­ing for ways to make the pro­gram self-sus­tain­ing once the grants ex­pire.

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