The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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October 21, 2013

A night of fun

Medina Journal-Register — Laughter was heard in abundance Saturday night at the Medina Theatre’s first Comedy Night. Though the crowd was admittedly on the small side, the comedians did not mind.

“It’s a big room and you had three seasoned pros,” said Dan Pordum, who emceed the evening’s event.

The trio of Pordum, Linda Oh, and Sky Sands performed for a total of nearly two hours.

Sands said the dark walls in the theatre allowed for the audience’s attention to stay focused on the performers, making for a more interest crowd.

He further stated, “The lighting, the sound, all of it…it’s just a beautiful theater.”

Sands, who was the only performer to bring props, said the venue had a “classy” feel to it and its set up was “almost Vaudevillian.” 

By comparison, larger stadium crowds expect straight comedy, but more intimate venues like the Medina Theatre, he said, allow for the audience to actually “share in the act.”

Pordum said Saturday’s audience was top notch.

“A good comedian should be an entertainer first, and I think we did that tonight,” he said. “There were numerous applause breaks, and when Sky finished it up he got a standing ovation.” Pordum added that the crowd response “made it a great show” comparable to the fun the trio might have had in a larger venue.

Theater owner Joe Cardone said the reception of those in attendance left him thinking about exploring the possibility of making comedy night a regular happening. According to some who enjoyed the show, that would be a good idea.

“It was excellent,” said Jim Heminway of Medina. “We saw it on the marquis and said, ‘Why not?’”

Added Stacey Seefeldt of Medina, “It was hysterical, hilarious. And it was something different to do.”

She was at the show with her husband Chris and their friends Alicia and Casey Palmer. The Palmers made the drive up from Batavia.

Noted Casey, “It was well worth it.”

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