Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
Shake up your Thursday evening entertainment routine by getting off your couch, turning off Netflix and heading to the Arts Center on March 9 for some live comedy by professional touring comedians!
Maeret Lemons, Tim Gaither and Justin Leon will tickle your funny bones, take your mind off your troubles and help you think about the world around you in a new way in the Free State Festival Regional Comedy Showcase. Buy your tix here.
To help you get to know these comedians, we’ll profile each one of them over the next week…. First up? Headliner Justin Leon.
Justin made his first Arts Center appearance opening for Tig Notaro at the 2015 Free State Festival where he not only had audiences laughing off their seats, but impressed the legendary comedian. A native Kansas City Comic, Justin has dedicated the last 15 years to his craft, traveling across the country and gaining new fans at every stop. His unique style stems not from focusing on our differences but rather our commonalities. Justin’s ability to find the funny in his experiences with life, love, and loss allows him to relate to, connect with, and capture any crowd. From the moment he walks on stage, Justin’s poise captivates the audience as he takes them on a comedic journey while expanding their frame of thought along the way; leaving the audience laughing, reflecting, and wanting more.
Justin’s comedy translates both nationally and internationally allowing him to perform in the top comedy clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, he was a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and Seattle Comedy Competition. He has also been fortunate enough to perform for the troops in the Middle East on a tour dedicated to the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fun fact about Justin? He is also an actor in appeared in the Lawrence-made short film, Rhino, directed by Patrick Rea!
Check out this clip of Justin and get your tickets to see him, Maeret Lemons and Tim Gaither on March 9 – 7:30pm.