Penguins Comedy Club located inside The Vault presents Stage Benders.
April 5 and 6.
Shows at 7:30 PM.
Often compared to a contemporary Abbott and Costello, Kim Thomassen and Gust Alexander were two junior high school buddies from Minneapolis who liked to make each other laugh.
Today, under the playful moniker "The Stagebenders." Thomassen and Alexander are America's top comedy duo, playing to sell-out crowds and rave reviews.
The Stagebenders' act is a nonstop, fast-paced hurricane of interactive comedy that has to be experienced to be believed. Once they whip their audience into a comedy frenzy, no other comic dares perform after them.
Die-hard fans include Geena Davis, The Kinks and the legendary Budd Friedman ( the Stagebenders headline regularly at "Improvs" all over the United States ). TV and film appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC's America's Funniest People, MTV's The Jenny McCarthy Show, TREKKIES 2, and the Coen Brothers' The Naked Man. They have been featured in national publications such as Esquire and - believe it or not - Mechanical Engineering.
In addition to headlining at Harrah's Las Vegas every Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Stagebenders have performed countless shows for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, MCI, Honeywell and Frito Lay.
After fifteen years, their act has been honed to perfection. Their current project is The Stagebenders TV Show, a scripted, half-hour sitcom. If it leaves the audience anywhere near as frenzied as their stage show, even Abbott and Costello wouldn't want to follow them.
Michael made his network debuts on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the same year. He followed that up with performances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central's The Half Hour and most recently Conan. Currently you can see Michael as a contestant on NBC's Last Comic Standing.
Desiring to perform all forms of comedy, Michael took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, iO, and Annoyance. In Chicago, Michael debuted his one-person sketch show--Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents' house, got a real job and got married. Performed by a guy who didn't.
Gayle Becwar and his funny, bizarre, innovative, magical performance will fulfill all of your entertainment needs. Growing up in a family of magicians, Gayle’s first introduction to entertainment came as a child, performing with his family’s traveling magic show. Since then, Becwar has spent several years presenting his fresh, fast paced magic and comedy act as a full time solo professional. Audiences from coast to coast will attest that his act is truly unique and entertaining. Becwar has opened for Dan Seals and Holly Dunn, and worked a series of shows with legend comedienne Phyllis Diller. He recently taped for HBO’s Comic Relief, where he scored big to thunderous applause, and for Showtime in their Funniest Man in America Contest. Gayle Becwar has a likeable, ad-libbing style that makes each of his performances special and exciting. His college degrees in broadcasting and Speech have contributed to his professionalism, as well as a warm and engaging rapport. From comedy clubs, colleges and state fairs to banquets, conventions, and trade shows, Becwar’s magic, mindreading and humor involves all types of people. Your audience will be no exception. The Associated Press said it best, “More than just a magician, Gayle Becwar is a complete entertainer.”