By Nancy Oliveri
With comedians from New York City, Syracuse and Binghamton, the Cider Mill Playhouse presented its first-ever fundraiser and stand-up comedy night on March 1.
Thinking I had all the time in the world to secure a seat, assuming stand-up might not be that large a draw in Endicott and Saturday being the sacrosanct “Parade Day” in Binghamton, I waited until the day before the show to call Joe Bardales in the box office to get a ticket.
Well, we all know what they say about those who assume. Joe had exactly ONE ticket left! “I’ll take it,” I said.
As I made my way to my top row seat at table 56, the other tables in the Cider Mill rapidly began to fill up. Three ladies had already taken their seats at what was now my table, too, and while I was not too keen on crashing their girls’ night out, as Joe had said, my seat was the only seat left in the house. So I shoehorned myself and my chair into the space on the far right corner of their half-moon table, thanking them for letting me cram in beside them and eat some of their free popcorn.
Within a few minutes, all four of us were laughing like old friends. The women were three generations of one family, and all ogling the same man down in the front row, deeming him “cute, good looking and hot” — and all of that before the first comedian set foot on the platform below us.
Then the house music softened to nothing and the spotlight landed on the gleaming pate of our host for the evening, Lance Weiss. He sported hipster spectacles that lent him, for a brief moment, an air of intellectualism. This acerbic comic from New York was pretty funny and got the crowd going with some good opening zingers, none of which I can remember at the moment.
Cider Mill packs them in for its first-ever 'Comedy Night' fundraiser
By Nancy Oliveri