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Comedy and Drama at Bay Street

Mon, 09/18/2023 - 13:51
Cory Saint-Laurent and Nersheen Lotus in a scene from "Speak to Me."
Courtesy of Bay Street Theater

The Hamptons Comedy Festival, a production of the Long Island Comedy Festival and Paul Anthony, its executive producer, will return to Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. with stand-up veterans Eric Haft, Richie Byrne, Scott Baker, and Vinnie Mark.

Mr. Anthony, a comedian who has performed at top venues across the country, will open the show and act as M.C.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Haft has appeared at the Borgata in Atlantic City, Caroline's on Broadway, and Stand-Up New York, and is a regular touring act with the Long Island Comedy Festival.

For more than 10 years, Richie Byrne was the warm-up comedian for "The Dr. Oz Show." An accomplished actor, he has appeared in "Sex and the City" "The Sopranos," and "Law and Order."

Half of the comedy team of Baker and Mark, Mr. Baker has appeared at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, and Caesar's Resorts. He has taught an improv class at Bay Street for the past few years.

Mr. Mark has been a regular performer on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines and has appeared on "Late Night With David Letterman," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and "Comic Strip Live."

Tickets to the show are $35 and $45.

Looking ahead, Mr. Anthony will teach a seven-session class for aspiring comics called Think You're Funny?, starting on Oct. 16. In addition, a second comedy festival will take place on Oct. 21 with the comedians Art Schill, Maria Walsh, Raanan Hershberg, and Rob Falcone.

As part of its fourth annual Black Film Festival, a presentation of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, Bay Street will screen "Speak to Me," a 24-minute drama, on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The film is about Simon and Josiah, two young Black men who navigate life's challenges, expectations, and boundaries within their families and communities.

Directed by Kurt Damas and Trevor Jackson, both Long Island natives, the film stars Cory Saint-Laurent, Matthew Boyd, Nersheen Lotus, and LaVeda Davis. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Damas and a panel of mental health professionals from the Suffolk County Office of Minority Health. A reception will conclude the evening. Tickets, available from Bay Street's website, are $15.

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