PAKISTAN’S COMEDIC PIONEERS JOIN EVERETT FOR FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!
Everett is proud to announce Danish Ali and Ali Gul Pir will join Everett for Friday Night Live (FNL) at Everett’s Stage, 9 Duncan Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island on November 9, 2012. The show starts at 7pm and runs for an hour.
Get beside yourself with FNL’s interactive scenes and on-the-spot musicals, featuring improvised song, dance, and skits. Performances are intended for audiences of all ages, personality types, and food groups. Friday Night Live unites a diverse cast of veteran Everett artists, young up-and-coming performers, and guitarist Bertrand Laurence in the production of fun, funny, creative, and meaningful performances. This special FNL will feature Pakistani comedians Danish Ali and Ali Gul Pir. Friday Night Live has been voted Best Family-Friendly Comedy Night by Rhode Island Monthly magazine.
Danish Ali (that’s Dah-neesh), a doe-eyed MD turned punster, and improv comedy frontrunner and viral sensation Ali Gul Pir will tell you: in Pakistan there’s no lack of material for a comic. The comedic trailblazers insist on pushing boundaries in a place where stand-up was virtually unknown as a performance genre. Along with a handful of other young comedic lights, they have carved out curious, wildly successful careers as professional comedians, performers, writers, and television personalities.
And they’ll have a whole new set of experiences to riff on when Center StageSM (www.centerstageUS.org) brings these bilingual, multicultural tricksters to America. Encounters with Ali and Pir move merrily from sketch comedy to improvised riffs to musical numbers, as they relentlessly send up mores, taboos, and political tensions inside and surrounding Pakistan. Exchanges, workshops and meet-ups, with the occasional open-mic segment, will highlight largely off-stage (non-performance) residencies.
Very Live’s November 2012 tour is part of Center StageSM (www.centerstageUS.org). An initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Center Stage brings compelling contemporary artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to the United States to engage the American people in cultural diplomacy as a way to create opportunities for greater understanding. Administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts, with funding from the Asian Cultural Council, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art,this public-private partnership is the largest public diplomacy effort to bring foreign artists to American stages in recent history.
Show starts at 7pm! $5 @ the door. 9 Duncan Ave Providence, RI 02906
Call (401) 831-9479 for more info.