LITTLE FALLS — “Laughing Out Loud!” a side-splitting night of comedy show is set at 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls.
Back by popular demand after sell out shows, Jason Schommer and friends hit the stage with stand up comedy, a staged reading of a brand new show loosely based on Little Falls titled “Chokecherry Falls” and music. Tickets are $16 and all seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 320-632-0960, online at www.greatart.org, at the Great River Arts office during business hours or at the door.
Since Schommer’s last appearance at Great River Arts, he has been busy by performing at venues all over the Midwest and beyond. Most recently he was seen at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas where comedy icon Louie Anderson introduced him onstage. Schommer has also been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast, as well as hosted The Moth GrandSlam at the Guthrie Theater before a sold out audience. Schommer’s sharp wit and spur of the moment playfulness keeps the audience on the edge of their seat with crazy and absurd “is-this-really-happening” stories to jokes with unexpected twists and turns and off-the-cuff riffs, a news release stated. The laughs come fast and furious as Schommer mines everyday life covering topics including traveling, family, cat sitting, physical therapy, car repairs, growing older and a moment with a pop culture icon by turning the seemingly mundane and routine into comedy gold.
Joining Schommer onstage is pianist and singer Kelly Cordes. Cordes is known to audiences as the co-host of the morning radio show on Minnesota’s New Country 98.1 and host of “It Matters with Kelly Cordes” on WJON AM1240. Schommer’s nephew, Miguel Linares, also will perform his own stand up comedy performance.
The event also includes a special performance of a world premiere staged reading of “Chokecherry Falls.” “Chokecherry Falls” is a fast paced comedy set in a small town by the name of Chokecherry Falls where a struggling performer returns to his eccentric hometown after the untimely death of a family member and ends up in the role of a lifetime offstage despite his high school nemesis’s intentions, a release stated. Cast members for “Chokecherry Falls” include Jason Schommer, Robyn Gray, Gary Block, Rick Converse, Laurie Koll, Susy Prosapio, Allen Riedeman, Melissa Peterson, Kimberly Perry, Steven Weiss and more.
Schommer is a standup comedian, actor, director and storyteller who spent two years as the opening act for comedy legend Louie Anderson in Las Vegas and continues to tour with Anderson regularly. Schommer has performed all over the USA and Canada and for the U.S. Military in Japan and worked with such comedy superstars as Chris Kattan of Saturday Night Live; Josh Blue, Last Comic Standing champion; and Tim Meadows of Saturday Night Live.
A regular performer at The Moth, Schommer has won numerous Story Slam competitions and was invited to perform at the GrandSlam at The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in 2016 and most recently in 2018 at The Guthrie Theater. Schommer has worked in New York City for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and for Richard Frankel Productions, a Tony Award winning Broadway Producer. Schommer has directed and acted in numerous productions including Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Evita,” “Grease,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Schommer recently released his first live comedy album “Confessions of a Local Celebrity” and worked behind the scenes in Hollywood as a stand in for Anderson in the FX television series “Baskets.”