Cottonwood AZ (January 2, 2013) – Are you ready to experience one of the happiest and most lighthearted 90 minutes of theatre you have ever experienced! With Over 200 laughs, 23 classic comedians, all from one performer on stage, Old Town Center for the Arts is pleased to present Brad Zinn in “The Great Comedians.” This special world class event is coming to OTCA on Saturday, January 12th at 7:00 pm.
And there’s more! Brenda Zinn will also offer an intriguing performance of Vaudeville style Sand Painting as a pre-show warm-up. This classic art form has not been seen in over two generations.
One reviewer remarked, after seeing Brad’s impersonations of Johnny Carson, George Burns, W.C. Fields and 20 other ‘great’ comedians “You’ll believe in reincarnation.” William Eaton, Co-Director of Old Town Center for the Arts remarked, “Brad Zinn has sold out three previous shows at OTCA. The show is so entertaining and light hearted, we’re happy to have him back on this year’s tour.”
In the honored theatrical tradition of one man shows such as Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! and James Whitmore in Will Rogers, USA, comes Brad Zinn’s “The Great Comedians.” Brad Zinn began his acting career at the age of five and his four decades of stage experience are showcased in this one completely unique, unforgettable presentation. Coming to the stage after two years of research and writing, Brad has performed The Great Comedians for more than five years to international critical and audience acclaim. For 35 years Brad has been toured all over North America and entertained from Canada to the Caribbean and from Hollywoods Magic Castle to The Strip in Las Vegas. He has worked with such celebrities as; Dick Van Dyke, Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Shirley Jones, Richard Crenna, Harry Anderson, Cliff Robertson, Damon Wayans, Paul Rodriguez and many others.
The central theme of The Great Comedians is one man’s childhood journey to becoming an entertainer, inspired by the Golden Age of Television, and the veteran entertainers who populated the airwaves. Brad lovingly and authentically keeps alive the high traditions of the original creators of American humor, such as Johnny Carson, Will Rogers, George Burns, Jack Benny, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, Red Skelton and many more. The show is more than just laughs, though. Brad reveals the warm wit, wisdom, and life-affirming philosophies that elevated these performers into permanent icons of American culture. And along with the generous portions of comedy the show also includes music, juggling, magic, rope spinning, and audience participation.
The Great Comedians celebrates the diversity of American pop culture humor of the 20th Century. The show bridges generations with hilarity and clean, timeless fun. While those over 40 will have no trouble identifying with the entertainers portrayed in the program, younger generations find it a totally enlightening glimpse into show business history. In a style of humor they may never have been exposed to, as the play unfolds they find themselves laughing alongside their parents and grandparents. The presentation makes a powerful emotional connection with those who remember, while delivering a thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience for everyone. The Great Comedians has been received by a multigenerational audience, and parents and grandparents alike are encouraged to “bring a teenager!” There is simply no other one-man show like this. If the world ever needed a few good clean laughs, it’s now. Brad Zinn’s website is www.bradzinn.net.
Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and $20 for reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com, and are also available in Cottonwood at the Orion Flour Garden Café (right next to OTCA) or Jerona Java Café, and in Sedona at Crystal Magic. For more information please visit www.oldtowncenter.org or contact Elena Bullard – 634-0940.