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Monday, November 28

A Merry Funny New England Christmas

Holiday Humor at The Music Hall

Juston McKinney, bandleader Bob Lord with the rocking holiday quintet, The Gaudy Baubles + four headlining comedians from both coasts!
2010 premiere returns with new material!
Thursday, December 8, 2011 7:30pm
Friday, December 9, 2011 8 pm


“Juston McKinney - destined for stardom” – The New York Times

What’s so funny about Christmas? Go see comedian Juston McKinney and friends, back by popular demand for A Merry Funny New England Christmas at The Music Hall, and you’ll be rolling in the aisles. Comedy Central star McKinney—with music impresario Bob Lord, the effervescent band, The Gaudy Baubles, and special guest comedians—delivers a hilarious holiday extravaganza featuring down-home Yankee sensibility colliding head on with a glittery showbiz Xmas!

“Juston McKinney is one of the most talented young comedians on the national scene today,” says The Music Hall’s Thérèse LaGamma, Deputy Programming Director/Curator. “We’re thrilled to welcome him back to his hometown of Portsmouth for two performances of A Merry Funny New England Christmas at The Music Hall, on Thursday December 8 and Friday, December 9.”

At least half of the show will be completely new material this season, says McKinney. “But,” he notes, “some fan favorites, like “Greyhound Bus to Portsmouth” and “Can You Keep A Secret Santa…I Re-gifted,” we have to do again!”

Under the musical direction of producer, composer and front man Bob Lord, the Gaudy Baubles is a rocking holiday quintet with a stunning vocalist that will treat the audience to everything from the Kink’s Father Christmas to I’ll be Home for Christmas. The musical spoofs promise to be a highlight of the show. Joining Juston and Bob and the band will be top comics Bernadette Pauley, Al DuCharme, Tom Cotter, and Kerri Louise.

Recommended for ages 14+

Comic Juston McKinney

Seacoast native Juston McKinney grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. He moved to New York in 1997 to launch his comedy career. After performing at the city’s top comedy clubs, including Caroline’s on Broadway and the Gotham Comedy Club, he moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and became a regular performer at the Improv. In 2002, he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show, returning in 2004. In 2007 he was chosen to become part of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour-Next Generation hosted by Bill Engvall. The show was recorded at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, aired on TBS, and was released by Warner Brothers on DVD/CD. Juston has appeared in numerous shows on Comedy Central, including a half-hour special Juston McKinney Presents. In 2010, he appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and premiered his one-hour Comedy Central special, A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Brothers on DVD/CD. Currently, he is writing and developing a pilot about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, New Hampshire.

Comic Bernadette Pauley

Bernadette PauleyComedian Bernadette Pauley is co-host of “The Gossip Queens,” a daily half-hour television series airing five days a week in syndication as well as host of Comedy.TV, also syndicated.  She appears regularly as a guest panelist on HLN’S “The Joy Behar Show” and FoxNews “RedEye w/Greg Gutfeld”  and “Megyn Kelly” shows. She’s made repeat appearances on VH1, MTV, TBS, Animal Planet, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd w/Colin Quinn” and has worked with Hollywood director Andy Tennant (HITCH, SWEET HOME ALABAMA), on his “Wedding Album” pilot for FOX.  Past hosting projects include hosting Burly TV for Lorne Michaels and “War of The Wives” for Bravo.  Between television appearances, she headlines colleges, casinos and comedy clubs throughout the US and internationally and has twice been touted by Student Activities Magazine as a ‘Hot Comedy Act to Follow’ (‘08, ‘09). Her jokes have been printed in The Huffington Post and The New York Post who has listed her as “The best of New York City Live Comedy” and listed her jokes among the “Funniest of 2010”. www.BernadettePauley.com.

“The audience exploded with laughter at her every sentence.” – The Comedy Central Insider

Comic Al Ducharme

Al DucharmeAl Ducharme’s film credits include Miramax’s “Next Stop Wonderland” and “Original Sin” on CBS. His TV credits: “Comics Unleashed w/Byron Allen”, NBC’s “Today Show”, “Inside Edition”, “Comedy.TV”, hosting “Mission Organization” on HGTV and a long list of TV commercials.  His first Comedy DVD “Spineless and Loving it”, available in stores, was produced by National Lampoon and his popular CD “Manchild” is available on iTunes.

Based in Los Angeles and New York Al performs at all major Manhattan comedy clubs including Caroline’s on Broadway, The Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club and Rodney Dangerfield’s.  He keeps himself busy headlining comedy clubs, theaters, corporate events and over 300 US colleges.  Al has also received rave reviews internationally, making people laugh in Europe (Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona), Africa and China. He’s been a featured performer at numerous comedy festivals including Montreal Comedy Festival, the LOL Sudbury Comedy Festival, Beirut Comedy Festival and the Gala at the Boston Comedy Festival.

No matter what he does, Heineken commercials, TV panel appearances or performing to a sold out expat crowd in Beijing and Hong Kong, Al Ducharme is one undeniably funny man.  www.AlDucharme.com.

Comic Tom Cotter

Tom Cotter’s high energy, rapid-fire style gained him the grand prize at the Boston Comedy Festival and Best Stand-Up at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. TV credits include his own half hour special for Comedy Central, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Barbara Walters Special, The Late Late Show on CBS, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and the series Two Funny on the Woman’s Entertainment Network. He was featured in the film, Next Stop Wonderland, and in numerous in television commercials for McDonald’s, Doritos, Pepsi, and Amstel Lite.  www.tomcotter.com

“Cotter’s quick sarcastic style doesn’t give the crowd much room to breathe” – Boston Globe


Comic Kerri Louise

High-energy, commanding and versatile, Kerri Louise’s  warmth and razor-edge wit is on display as a regular correspondent on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Two Funny, a reality show on The Women’s Entertainment network. Other TV credits include The Montel Show, NBC’s Access Hollywood, The Apprentice, ABC’s The View, Comedy Central, VH1, 20/20, New Joke City and The “New” Dr. OZ show. http://www.kerrilouise.com/

Musicians: Bob Lord and The Gaudy Baubles

Under the musical direction of producer, composer and front man Bob Lord, the Gaudy Baubles is a rocking holiday quintet with a stunning vocalist that will treat the audience to everything from the Kink’s Father Christmas to I’ll be Home for Christmas. The musical spoofs promise to be a highlight of the show.

Bandleader Bob Lord

Bob Lord is a bassist, composer, producer, and CEO of Parma Recordings.  He has produced artists such as Grammy-winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan, and NY Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, and co-produced with Pete Townshend of The Who. Bob is a co-founder of the award-winning trio Dreadnaught, and is Music Director for the Music Hall series Writers On A New England Stage. Bob once again joins the vivacious rising-star band The Gaudy Baubles for this year’s Merry Funny New England Christmas performance: Bob Lord (Music Director/Bass), Rick Habib (Drums/Vocals), Renee Dupuis (Vocals) Shaun Michaud (Guitar/Vocals), and Chris Sink (Keyboards).

Drummer Rick Habib

As Dreadnaught co-founder and drummer, Rick has toured and recorded extensively - sharing the stage with John Entwistle (The Who), NRBQ, and Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson).  Rick has performed with other regionally-known artists, including Jon Nolan, The Molenes, Ed Jurdi, and Tom Yoder. 

Guitarist Shaun Michaud

Shaun has toured North America with Fates Warning and Event, and has worked as recording engineer for Dreadnaught and Parma Recordings.  He owns Scissor Hand Sound Labs recording studio.

Vocalist Renée Dupuis

A graduate of the Hartt School (Hartford, CT) in Voice, Renee performs with various ensembles and music theater productions, and is a vocalist/pianist for The Bandit Kings, a Boston-based group making its first West Coast appearance in 2011.  She is Artist Coordinator for Parma Recordings.

Keyboardist Chris Sink

is a keyboard player based on the New Hampshire seacoast.  He has performed with a variety of jazz, neo soul, funk, and rock groups including Moon Minion, Amorphous Band, Dreadnaught, and Gramafoma, and is the Product Manager at PARMA Recordings.

To purchase tickets

A Merry Funny New England Christmas takes place at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Thursday, December 8, at 7:30pm and Friday, December 9 at 8 pm. Tickets are $40; $30 and can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online.

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. A radio show broadcast on NH Public Radio originates here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $6.3 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe


More Holiday Events

Visit www.TheMusicHall.org to check out other holiday shows and www.vintagechristmasnh.org for information on Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth.

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