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Bay Street’s Evening of Laughs

Tue, 04/09/2024 - 11:36
Meghan Hanley, recently featured on “Gotham Comedy Live,” is one of the performers at the Ha Ha Hamptons Comedy Tour at Bay Street Theater.
Courtesy of Bay Street Theater

In his Instagram clips, Jack Adam tries out Sprite-flavored Tic Tacs, reacts to “cringe wedding” videos, and goes trainspotting in his Jeep turned recording studio, complete with furry pillows and Christmas lights.

Di Cai, who goes by Dr. Di onstage, shares stories of being a Chinese immigrant in New York City, often poking fun at her own grasp of English — not her first language.

In “This Happy,” her 53-minute YouTube special, Meghan Hanley jokes about Catholicism, being single, and turning 40, braving a performance in which her whole family was sitting in the front row.

And Mick Thomas, an Irish comedian, has nearly 2,000 subscribers to his “Cheaper Than Therapy” podcast and YouTube videos, in which he makes fun of everything from eating Subway sandwiches to visiting an adult toy store.

These are the comedians — plus an undisclosed “special guest” — performing Saturday at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater in the second installment of the Ha Ha Hamptons Comedy Tour. Once again, the host is Paul Anthony, a comedian and producer who has also established popular comedy series at Theater Three in Port Jefferson and in Massachusetts’s Berkshires region.

The stand-up comedy industry is riding a wave of popularity, thanks in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, when pretty much the entire planet needed something to watch while stuck inside houses. Streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max, and YouTube stepped up when venues closed their doors.

When in-person events began to trickle back to the venues, comedy shows “filled in the gaps because of their simple logistics and ability to make travel arrangements quickly,” according to the blog FutureParty.com.

“Launching the comedy tour has taught that people need and want to laugh more. . . . At the end of the day, we’re out to make audiences laugh, forget about their worries for just a little while, and feel good about themselves,” Mr. Anthony said in an announcement.

Mr. Adam, who is from Sayville, has been doing comedy for eight years, with a stint at Queens College for technical theater and playwriting in the mix. Reviewers have said that “his polished comedy style and material give audiences the impression he’s been performing a lot longer than he has.”

Dr. Di, based in New York City, offers a style that is said to appeal to a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. “Her comedy and delivery style bring a fresh perspective to her hilarious material. The fact that English is not Di’s first language also wows audiences,” the announcement said.

Ms. Hanley, from Brooklyn, is on a sharp upward trajectory. She was recently featured in Forbes magazine and on AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” the MSG Network, Dreams TV, and Fox’s “Laughs” and “Red Eye.” Her special, “This Happy,” was the number-one comedy album on iTunes for five days after its debut in 2023.

Mr. Thomas, born and raised in Wexford, Ireland, has traveled around the United States and appeared on late-night TV and Comedy Central. He has shared the stage with big-name comedians including Norm Macdonald and Jim Breuer, and offers original takes on American society.

Any guesses as to the mystery comedian? “If we told you who it was, it wouldn’t be a surprise,” according to Bay Street.

Tickets to the Ha Ha Hamptons Comedy Tour cost $37 and $47 in advance, or $47 and $57 on the day of the show, and are available at the Bay Street box office or online at baystreet.org.

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