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This week on The Last Hurrah: Prom Nights and OedipusROX!

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73 – After Prom Night

Giovanni Kavota, James McGarvey and Cal Holderbaum entertained the audience with a thrilling recap of their prom escapades, questionable trendsetting, and high-stakes interactions with their female peers. The trio topped off the evening with a hilarious longform improv set.

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Then join us at The Maryland Ensemble Theatre for more fun on Sunday at 7pm!

Kevin Cole returns to host the show with one-man-band-leader Thom Huenger! This week it’s OedipusTALX as Kevin and Thom explain their hiatus for the show and attempt to make up for it with some of team from the MET’s newest original production OedipusROX!

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This Week on The Last Hurrah: Julia Williams, Birdie Suspenders and the impending return of Christine McQuaid

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71 – Swearing Off Salami, Bad Advice and an Exclusive Interview with Birdie Suspenders 

Julia Williams takes to the stage this week as guest host of The Last Hurrah, fittingly her last hurrah before skipping town forever(?) She discusses all the dumb advice she’s been given before starting the next phase of her life. Julia’s joined by Lia Seltzer, Lydia Hadfield and presidential candidate for the Green Party Birdie Suspenders.

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Then, join us at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre on Sunday March 20th for a brand new adventure!

The guest hosts keep coming, this time your best friend returns, all the way from Rochester, it’s… Christine McQuaid! She’s got a hell of a show lined up and plenty of stories from the north. It’s spring break baby!

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Frederick Man’s Solo SantaCon Only a Minor Embarrassment

This past weekend, Frederick resident Chris Hollenbreck embarked on his annual one-man SantaCon. The tradition has its roots in New York City, where one day of the holiday season is devoted to dressing up as Santa and consuming dangerous amounts of alcohol.  Hollenbreck, a New York University dropout and current Downtown Frederick resident, brought the festive event to his hometown two winters ago.

“People drink in Frederick, but unless it’s Drinksgiving there’s no real holiday spirit. No holiday spirits, if you catch my drift,” said Hollenbreck. “So I thought, why not toss on a Santa hat, toss back a few brews and make a night of it?”

And make a night of it he did! Hollenbreck started his adventure at Brewer’s Alley, running into a few high school friends. “Becky was there. Oh man, Becky. I’d like to stuff some coal in her stocking,” he said, thinking fondly of his fellow Urbana High School ’08 graduate.

According to Hollenbreck, he never intended for the outing to be a solo SantaCon.

“I’ve tried to get more folks to come along: Becky, Victoria, Hillary, they all had other plans. I even asked Jeff,” he said. Reportedly, Hollenbreck and Jeff hadn’t spoke since a tenth grade argument regarding Star Wars Episode III. “They’re still churning them out, so I guess we know who won that argument.”

Unable to find anyone willing to play Santa’s Little Helper, Hollenbreck made his way down the street to Wags for a few more drinks, and then stumbled over to Guido’s. That’s where a night of attempting to get bars full of people to sing Christmas carols took a turn for the worst.

“I threw up twice, which is pretty good for me, especially on SantCon,” said Hollenbreck. He recalls vomiting in front of the Guido’s restroom, followed by a prompt berating by the barkeep. “No Christmas spirit! That guy was a real Grinch. He forced this dude I was talking with to clean up the mess. He didn’t even work there!”

After being escorted from the premises, Hollenbeck vomited a second time in front of “a few nice firemen,” who called him an Uber and got him home safely. There, Hollenbeck stared long and hard into a lump of coal and wept over what he had become.

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Tonight on The Last Hurrah!

–We’re melding charity and comedy this week! During the show we will collect blankets to donate to the Frederick Community Action Agency! So bring a blanket and get ready for some laughs!–

We know what you’re all thinking, didn’t Mumps the Dying Turkey y’know, die? Well he left behind an egg and that grew into yet another dying turkey!

Join our incredible annual Thanksgiving show for a night of comedy, pilgrims, and antibiotic-free poultry! Featuring special guests:  Karli Cole, Lydia Hadfield, Callan Holderbaum, Matt Kline, Christine McQuaid, Lia Seltzer and possibly more!

The Last Hurrah returns with a fresh and free comedy special on Nov 22nd at 7pm! Bring your friends, bring your family and for crying out loud, bring a side dish.

This week on The Last Hurrah (11/10)

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 60 – Doodle Crust

On this week’s Last Hurrah we kick back without a plan and find out how Kevin’s Dad became the Cheez Doodle King. Then, Kevin, Christine, Isabel and Lisa discuss naked partiers, family-friendly haunted houses and the UFO Welcome Center.

Performers:
Lisa Burl
Isabel Duarte
Christine McQuaid

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Then, swing by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre for…

Nothing!

Well, actually swing by the MET this week for the closing weekend of Lies and/or Frankenstein.  Contradictory to what is said in the last few seconds of this week’s episode there will be no Last Hurrah this Sunday. We’ll return with our Thanksgiving special on Nov 22nd!
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The fun starts this Sunday at 7pm!

Fleeting Art in Frederick, MD

In my time as Tuscan’s finest fine art critic I have been outspoken about the concept of “found object” art, or “objets trouvés” as the French call it. Art is something that should be studied and carefully considered as it is created. More often than not objets trouvés feels rushed and lazy, as if someone tossed a pile of garbage into and art gallery. “Tada!”

Still, art may surprise, even objets trouvés. In 1941 Picasso created his incredible Head of a Bull out of nothing more than an old bicycle seat and handle bars. While many were surprised to find Picasso had dabbled in this format, I was equally surprised when I received word of such art from across the pond, in the small town of Frederick, Maryland.

It is my understanding that for years Frederick’s Town Hall has been host to a wretched pile of garbage. The pile has grown so heavy and cumbersome that some have accurately called it “a monument to human filth” that cannot garbagemen. That is until two anonymous local artists turned this trash pile into a piece of objets trouvés.

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Taney in Rosso – Anonymous 2015 AD

With paint as their chosen medium and trash as their canvas, what they created turned blight into art. The anonymous painters took the trash, formed into the shape of man who felt people of color were simply less than people and turned it into expression of frustration. A splash of red paint symbolizing the blood on the figure’s hands, while expressing the suppressed rage of a community forced to witness the local trash pile on a daily basis. Artist brilliance.

I was prepared to fly overseas and critique the piece in person until I was informed that city officials removed the art but left the trash. If the art is too provocative for the steps of town hall, why not remove the whole thing and let the community treasure it in a museum of some sort. Or at the very least, save money on Halloween decorations and leave the art be until the end of the month.

Pasquale Barzetti
Famed Italian Art Critic/Guest Contributor

This week on The Last Hurrah (Sept 22)

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 53 – The Greatest Emmy Recap Ever

Due to a lack of audience this Sunday (as is an occasional side effect of doing a Sunday night show in Frederick, MD) I took the crew out for ice cream. Last Night, Christine McQuaid, Emily Perper and I recorded the greatest Emmy Recap ever.

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Then, swing by the Maryland Ensemble Theatre for…

Comedy Open Mic Night (Sept)

This Sunday Sept 27, 2015 at 7pm, The Last Hurrah is furthering its efforts to cultivate local comedy by hosting their second Monthly Comedy Open Mic Night. On the last Sunday of every month, The Last Hurrah will open their doors to anyone from stand up comics, to sketch performers and improv teams looking to get some practice in front of an audience. Performers will be given 5-10 minutes of time in the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s Stage 2 space, and as always The Last Hurrah is absolutely free to attend.

Open Mic episodes are recorded for the podcast, but performers can opt out of having their set broadcast on the show.

The fun starts this Sunday at 7pm!

Tomorrow on The Last Hurrah!

This Sunday August 23, 2015 at 7pm, The Last Hurrah is going back to school! Join your host Kevin Cole and a panel of comedians as they lean into grade school nostalgia. Everything from fire drills to government subsidized school lunches will be provided. It’s all of the school with none of the work or education, just free comedy and one last chance to pick on the new kid (that’s a major no-no, don’t pick on the new kid unless you want ten demerits).

Episode written by: Lisa Burl, Kevin Cole, Caitlyn Joy, James McGarvey and Christine McQuaid

 Join the fun Sunday, 7pm at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre

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Balls Deep(er(er)) Relationship Advice

This week on The Last Hurrah, we’re joined by Lisa Burl (one half of the creative team behind Balls Deep(er) in Love) and a slightly drugged Christine McQuaid. Together we discussed bad break ups, help some audience member settle their love trouble and even reached into the depths craigslist to help some Frederick locals find love, whether or not they came to the show. We also said goodbye to a dear gallbladder, who will be sorely missed (until the drugs kick in).

Panelists:
Lisa Burl
Christine McQuaid
Episode Writers:
Kevin Cole
Christine McQuaid

Deaf Awakening goes to Broadway with Joshua Castille

On this very special episode of The Last Hurrah, we sat down with delightful Joshua Castille who is currently making the leap from Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening to Broadway! We learned about his origin story of discovering theatre via a shower curtain and how he and Christine McQuaid became fast friends. We discuss what goes into making a production of Spring Awakening that’s accessible to both the hearing and the deaf and just how tight the show’s ensemble must be to pull it off.

Panelists:
Joshua Castille
Christine McQuaid
Special Guest:
Katie Rattigan
Episode Writers:
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Kevin Cole
Christine McQuaid

Last Hurrah – 25 Year Reunion Special this Sunday

Last Hurrah Reunion Special Karli Cole and Kevin Cole

It’s been 25 years since the cast and crew of The Last Hurrah gathered at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET), okay, maybe it’s only been two weeks but it feels like 25 years. With (emotional) years of behind-the-scenes spats behind them, the original cast of “The Last Hurrah” will reunite in the MET’s Greene Space on Sunday June 7th at 7pm. They’ll look back on how things have changed since their last show, pay respects to deceased cast members, feature some stand-up comedy and make a little boy’s wish come true. Sure, the show’s writers acknowledge that it’s awfully sentimental to host a reunion of this magnitude with only two weeks between shows, but why complain when you could be enjoying some free comedy?

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