Thursday, September 13, 2012

Surprise! The Camino Real Playhouse Presents Class Clown Graduates

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – It has  been six weeks since three people ventured out to the Camino Real Playhouse in hopes of becoming the next Jerry Seinfeld or Ellen DeGeneres. During that time, they have  learned basic joke writing skills, stage technique, and how to hopefully handle stage fright and hecklers. Now, on Saturday, May 

19th,  at the Camino Real Playhouse 31776 El Camino Real,  8:00 pm,  they get to show their friends, family and the world just how funny they have become. It’s the “Students of Stand-up” Comedy Graduation Showcase being held in San Juan Capistrano.

Longtime Orange County resident Tom Riehl, teaches the beginning comedy class – a veteran stand-up comedian and who has worked with the likes of Bob Saget, Paula Poundstone, Alonzo Bodden, Shawn Wayans, and James P. Connolly as well as musical acts Berlin, Three Dog Night and David Pack of Ambrosia. He was also a winner on ABC’s America’s Funniest People” and host of the cooking show “Food Rules”.

Riehl, who began his comedy career 18 years ago, feels its time to give something back after all these years.  “When I see these people walk into class for the first time, I immediately remember how I felt when I first started. They really deserve a lot of credit for sticking it out and doing something most people would never even consider.”

Graduating performers in the May 19 show are Laurie Jacobs, Frankie Pray, and Walt Stevens.  While none of the students have ever performed stand-up before, Riehl is convinced people will be surprised at how funny they really are.   In addition to the students, Riehl will be the evening’s emcee along with professional headliner Stephanie Blum to close out the evening. Blum, is a former psychologist from Brooklyn and mother of three who couldn't care less. Her sarcastic irreverence is what makes her universally adored by audiences at places like the Stardust in Las Vegas, on Country Music Television’s Funniest Videos, HBO’s Comedy Minutes and many more.

Admission is $10 and certain to fill up quick. Go to  and get your seat  


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