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Ep. 2 – Horse Candle

Last Hurrah iTunesEpisode 1 of The Last Hurrah is now online! You can click the picture above to listen our very first show!

This week, Kevin is joined by James McGarvey, Cassie Schaffer and Robert Martin. The four discuss beards, balls and butts, as well as health, hygene, and (getting) hitched. Meanwhile, Kevin enjoys alliteration whilst writing the show description. Karli Cole returns to the show to share her latest Yik Yak findings.


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The Last Hurrah Premieres Sunday (7/6) at 7pm

Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) is proud to present The Last Hurrah, a free weekly comedy show premiering July 6th in the new Stage 2 space. Every Sunday at 7pm, join host Kevin Cole as he welcomes a panel of comedy writers, actors and special guests to discuss the events of the past week, life, and whatever else comes to mind. While the panel will change from week to week, regular panelists include Lisa Burl (MET Company member, Balls Deep In Love), Karli Cole (MET Regular, Seemless, Annual Live 2), and Andrew Michaels(Annual Writer, Annual Live 2). Panel discussions will be broken up with special appearences from local stand up comedians, improv groups, and sketch comedy, this week the show is joined by stand up comedian Stacey Axler. The show aims to give local comedic talent an open space to try new things infront of an audience, while giving audiences one final hurrah before they have to return to their 9-5 jobs on Monday morning.

The Last Hurrah is produced by MET Company Member Kevin Cole who will be familiar to MET audiences from Laugh Station, Pickle My Monkey, and The Annual Live. Each episode will be audibly recorded and released as a podcast the following day, this way audiences who aren’t able to attend can still enjoy the show every week.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre will present The Last Hurrah as part of its MET-X series, created to expand the collective horizons of the MET ensemble and its audience. Performances will take place on Sundays at 7pm starting July 6th at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (31 W Patrick St. Frederick) located in the historic FSK Hotel. The Last Hurrah is a free event and all are welcome to attend.

The Annual Live 2 premieres tonight!

FREDERICK, MD (June 20, 2014) – Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) is proud to present the second installment of the comedy variety show, The Annual Live 2: The Sequeling.  Join The Annual Live cast as a they find themselves in the middle of a heated Twitter campaign to cancel their show following a sketch that is unfit for press releases. In an attempt to straighten out the show’s host (Kevin Cole) and the rest of the staff (Lisa Burl, Colleen Kelly, and Scott Travers) the network places a call to the convent to bring Karli Cole, the former co-host and current nun, to whip them into shape. Meanwhile, facing exile, Andrew Michaels, the show’s sad sack, is forced to find love, someone who will look past every awkward and unlovable thing about him and take care of him for life. It’s a comedic adventure that can safely be called The Larry Sanders Show meets Nunense meets Everybody Loves Raymond meets The Glass Menagerie,if none of those sound appealing then one might just want to stay in for the night.

MET Company Member Kevin Cole, who will be familiar to MET audiences from Laugh Station and Pickle My Monkey directs the Annual Live 2. It is written by Annual writers Kevin Cole, Andrew Michaels, and Scott Travers, and will feature cast members (Lisa Burl, Karli Cole, Kevin Cole, Caitlyn Joy, Colleen Kelly, Andrew Michaels, Scott Travers) playing fictional versions of themselves as they prepare to clean up their act and attempt to create an accessible show.

The Annual Live 2 originates from The Annual, a locally run, bimonthly humor magazine featuring much of the same talent. Their tenth issue is slated to be released in mid July.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre will present The Annual Live as part of its MET-X series. MET-X is MET’s programming, usually self-produced by Ensemble Members, outside of MET’s Mainstage season.  Performances are June 27 & 28 at 9:00 p.m. at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (31 W Patrick St. Frederick) located in the historic FSK Hotel.  Tickets are $11.50 (includes all ticketing fees) and may be purchased by phone at (301) 694-4744, online at marylandensemble.org, or in person at the MET box office.


 Starring: Lisa Burl, Karli Cole, Kevin Cole, Caitlyn Joy, Colleen Kelly, Andrew Michaels, Scott Travers

 Directed by: Kevin Cole

 Written by: Kevin Cole, Andrew Michaels and Scott Travers

 Stage Manager: Emily Perper

 Where:  Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 West Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

 Dates:  June 27 & 28, 2014 at 9pm.

 Ticket Prices:  $10 ($1.50 service fee)

 Box Office: 301-694-4744 or marylandensemble.org or at the MET Box Office

The Annual Live is Just Days Away


This Friday and Saturday at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, The Annual Live 2 will take the stage. A comedy show with more than you could hope for… Alternate taglines? Check.


A new high-tech illuminated desk? Check.


Suggestive puppetry? Of course.


Mass appeal*? You got it!

Don’t miss it, this weekend! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here (or at the door).

*Mass Appeal is defined as a group of teenagers who would not stop staring at a grown man in a bikini, until they became so enthralled that they had to pose for picture.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annual Returns to The Stage!

One year ago we brought you The Annual Live an original full length show within a show at The Maryland Ensemble Theatre, and now we’re back with more!


June 27 & 28 at 9pm

Following a disastrous #CancelAnnual campaign the cast and crew of The Annual Live band together to put on a “family friendly” program while under the watchful eye of Standards and Practices. Meanwhile, Andrew Michaels (the local sad sack) is cast out of the group and left as alone in the world. In an effort to restore balance, the gang attempts to “Glass Menagerie” him and find a woman that will love him for at least an hour to 90 minutes.

The Annual Live 2: The Sequeling  will take place at The Maryland Ensemble Theatre (41 West Patrick St. Frederick, MD).

Tickets: $11.50 Click here to purchase yours!

RSVP on Facebook!

If you need any more reason to get excited here’s an official promo video:

Click here to watch The Annual Live Ep. 1

But that’s not the end of The Annual’s live run:

Last Hurrah Concept

Sundays at 7pm starting July 6th

The Last Hurrah is a new weekly show, the first to be featured at The MET’s Stage 2. Every week, Kevin Cole will be joined by a panel of Annual writers and special guests to discuss the events of the weeks, their own lives and whatever else comes to mind. Panel discussions will be broken up by special appearances from local stand ups, improv and sketch groups. Best of all, it’s completely FREE and each episode will be released in podcast form the following day. There’s no telling what will happen from week to week, but it’s sure to be a good time that’ll have you home before Game of Thrones… or whatever TV show is big that week.

No need to pick up tickets for this one folks, just show up!

Guests and Panelists have not been finalized for the first show, but you can check it out on Facebook by clicking here.

PSA- Laugh Station: Flux 7/26-7/27

LSFlux _ Jack Colliver and Matt Lee 2

The Maryland Ensemble Theatre  is proud to present another installment of the surreal, blood soaked, beer drenched, sci-fi horror extravaganza that is the Laugh Station series. The deranged exploits of the Laugh Station crew continue in Episode Seven: Flux!After failing to raise enough money to pay back Federation Creditors, the intrepid comedy explorers decide to bend the fourth dimension so that things turn out their way. Little do they realize the irreversible side effects of time travel, let alone the knife-wielding alien stalker who’s hot on their trail. Only the wise/insane, old Time Master holds the key to their survival… now, if they could just sober up in time for curtain call! The surreal, mind-altering, sci-fi/comedy series returns this summer, with a special guest appearance from DC-based comedian, Mikael Johnson! If you enjoy breast milk, Sylvia Plath, telethons, schpace schnapps, The BodyguardWWF and/or cannabis smoking robots, then this one is for you!

The Laugh Station series is written and directed by Matt Lee and  co-written with Jack Colliver, both of which are staff writers here at The Annual. The show also features Annual staff members Lisa Burl, Kevin Cole, Courtney McLaughlin and James McGarvey performing alongside Brian Artusio, Joe Colliver, Joe Jalette, Mikael Johnson, Trevor Marin,  and Bailey Sterling.  All original music is by Joe Colliver, Mak Kennedy and Trevor Marin.

Maryland Ensemble Theatre will present Laugh Station: Flux as part of its MET-X series, created to expand the collective horizons of the MET ensemble and its audience. Performances are July 26 & 27 at 9pm at Maryland Ensemble Theatre (31 W Patrick St. Frederick) located in the historic FSK Hotel.  Tickets are $11.50 (includes all ticketing fees) and may be purchased by phone at (301) 694-4744, online at marylandensemble.org, or in person at the MET box office. Laugh Station: Flux is intended for mature audiences only.

The Annual Live


For those who received The Annual #3 you may be aware of this, but those who aren’t should gleefully mark their calendars in anticipation for The Annual LIVE! The show will take place at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD on July 5 & 6 at 8pm (tickets are $10 plus a 1.50 surcharge). Here’s the rundown…

After years of co-hosting the popular variety show The Annual Live, Karli Cole has decided it’s time to call it quits, move to Italy and take up with the Vatican. As a result, it’s up to remaining co-host Kevin Cole and the rest of The Annual Staff to give her a fitting send off as the fate of The Annual Live hangs in balance. It’s a final farewell that brings forth the cross between The Larry Sanders Show and Sonny and Cher that no one asked for! So look forward to sketches, musical performances, and a special appearance from the Laugh Station crew!

Copies of The Annual Issue 4 will be available as well, featuring our exclusive interview with Colin Mochrie!

So once all your fireworks have been lit come see The Annual Live!

RSVP on Facebook!