The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) A Total Laugh Fest

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and directed by Jerry Kernion takes you on a fast paced ride through the high and lows of comedy.

From Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Moliere to Vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show, this production will have you laughing in your seats. If not laughing, then definitely chuckling.

The extremely talented cast, which includes Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg and Mark Jacobson, play off of each other beautifully. Their quick costume changes are amazing and their comic timing dead on.

They play different characters nailing each one of them and they can sing, especially Zehra.  In fact, one of my favorite moments came when Zehra sang a song which included  the names of all the great comics throughout the ages. The song was very poignant as well as humorous. She not only has a beautiful voice but she can play the ukulele.

Another one of my favorite bits is when the cast interacts with the audience, even bringing a couple of members on stage to provide sound effects for an improve skit. No matter what your taste in comedy, might be I’m sure you’ll find it here.

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) opened at the Falcon Theatre on March 31 and the remaining performances are: Wednesday April 19th, Thursday the 20th,
Friday the 21st, and Saturday, the 22nd at 8:00pm, with the last performance on Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00pm  To purchase tickets call the Box Office at 818-955-8101 or go to Ticket prices are $30-$45

Joan Alperin

About Joan Alperin

Joan was born in Brooklyn and spent many years working as an actress in New York City. Even though she traveled extensively, Joan couldn't imagine living anywhere else.. Well one day, she met someone at a party who regaled her with stories about living in L. A. specifically Topanga Canyon. A few weeks later she found herself on an airplane bound for Los Angeles. Joan immediately fell in love with the town and has been living here for the last twenty years and yes, she even made it to Topanga Canyon, where she now resides, surrounded by nature, deer, owls and all kinds of extraordinary alien creatures.. Joan continued acting, but for the last several years (besides reviewing plays and film) she has been writing screenplays. Joan was married to a filmmaker who created the cult classic films, (way before she knew him) Faces of Death. As a result of his huge following, they created a funny movie review show entitled Two Jews on Film, where Joan and her husband, John would review movies and rate them with bagels You can see their reviews by going to Although it's now only one Jew - Joan is occasionally joined by her beautiful Pekingnese and Japanese Chin.
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