Kids 'N Comedy, New York's leading presenter of young comic talent, will conclude its 2011-2012 season with "The Horrible History Show" today, May 20 at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street. Charles I of England sent someone else to marry his wife for him. Ancient gladiators were mostly vegetarians. Attila the Hun bled to death from a nosebleed on his wedding night. This show is devoted to the lighter side of history and features Angela Citrola, Daniel Laitman, Jake Sidransky, Andrew Vatier, David Thompson, Zach Rosenfeld and Ryan Drum. The first five are graduating from high school and will go on to college in the fall; this is their last show.
Kids 'N Comedy presents monthly shows at Gotham Comedy Club with a turntable of talented teens and 'tweens from the tri-state area. In the company's shows, each comic performs his/her own material, which is screened to be free of profanity and abrasive or cheap "low" humor (like fart jokes). They do, however, venture into edgy comic terrain: politics, getting old, even death. Laura Weiss wrote in Big Apple Parent, "This kid humor is quirky and often slightly mordant, with a sophistication that belies the comedians' youth. Plus, these kids are hilarious."
The show is at 1:00 PM; the reservations number is 212-877-6115 and online ticketing is available on the Kids 'N Comedy website, www.kidsncomedy.com.
Throughout the summer, Kids 'N Comedy will offer performance workshops, writers' workshops and a summer camp, all for young comedians. Regular monthly shows will resume in the fall.
"The Horrible History Show" line-up includes the following performers.
Angela Citrola grade 12, hails from Northport, LI. She attends two high schools half-day each: Long Island High School for the Arts and Northport High School. Her dad owns a construction company and her mom is a nurse at the VA Medical Center in Northport. Her hobbies are performance, guitar and "everything that has to do with theater of any kind." She has three older sisters and a younger brother. She's done a slew musicals in community theater. Her first standup experience was a school variety show at age 13 and she's been with the Kids 'n Comedy Troupe since October, 2009. She has two dogs (Stella and Sammy) and a pet bearded dragon (Sonny). She speaks English and conversational Spanish. Her allergies include almost everything on the planet. She was a cheerleader but gave it up so she could do more theater.
Ryan Drum, a junior from Montvale, NJ, whose hobbies are Finance and Social Work, is a songwriter, band member and comedian. He's got three siblings, one's his twin. He's played in Kids 'N Comedy shows at the Gotham and at charity events for Ronald McDonald House and the Boy Scouts of America. He's also done voice overs and gigs with The Sightseers. He opened for "Ratatouille," the Disney movie, at the Ziegfeld Theater in 2007. English texting is his primary language. His two dogs are Rosie and Holly. He swims, plays golf, coaches The Fireballs (a soccer team for little kids in his town) and helps out with The Sharks, who are a Special Olympics Swim Team at the JCC.
Daniel Laitman is 21 years old and an alumnus of Kids 'N Comedy who still performs with the troupe. He lives in Armonk, NY and studies film at Westchester Community College. His parents are both physicians and he has three sisters, one in college and twin sisters in high school. He became interested in stand-up comedy in middle school, where he co-emceed the school talent show in 8th grade, and went to Buck's Rock Camp in New Milford, CT, a creative and performing arts camp. He loved Clown Shop there, which was basically doing stand up and improv, and he was a junior counselor in clownshop the summer before last. He appeared in many shows there for other campers and parents, performing stand up. He also performed comedy at his high school's yearly talent show, where someone actually started a Facebook fan club for him. Daniel enjoys writing jokes and screenplays in his free time. He has a cat, Simba, and two dogs, Merlin and Minnie who, despite their names, are all girls.
Zach Rosenfeld hails from Brooklyn, where he's a ninth grader at St. Ann's. His mom's a filmmaker and his dad's a businessman. His hobbies are Computer, Trumpet, Comedy, Golf and Tennis. He has a younger brother (Noah, age 8). He did lighting for a school play and a bit part in one of his mother's films. Job experience? "Casting Assistant. Shoveling snow." He owns a Labradoodle and has no allergies. His passions are Comedy and World of Warcraft; his sports are golf and tennis, formerly soccer.