Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Colton Biondi Comedy Performance

Stand-up Comedy Showcase

WHEN: Friday, June 30th, at 8:00 pm
English Barn. Farmstead Arts, 450 King George Road in Basking Ridge
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation.
For questions, please call Kathy Harris, Operations Manager, at 908-636-7576 or send an email to

Farmstead Arts presents a Stand-Up Comedy Showcase Performance in the English Barn, featuring professional comics Kurt Zimmerman, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s Chris Sicoli alongside local teens and adults trying their hand at comedy, some for the first time! The Showcase is open to the public.

Among the evening’s performers will be budding comics who are participating in the Stand-Up Comedy Workshop offered at the Farmstead in the month of June. Student performers include Ridge High School senior Spencer Charleson and sophomore Arohi Dandawate, Carol Baldessari from Monroe Township, Denville resident Jeff Hovey, and returning for his second year in the workshop, Ed McCarty from Bridgewater, a frequent performer in Lord Stirling Theater productions at the Farmstead.

Workshop instructor Kurt Zimmerman returns to reprise his role as mentor after a resounding success with the 2016 workshop at the Farmstead. Zimmerman “loves watching people get in touch with their inner funny and sharing it with the world. This class is always a treat to be a part of because of the growth I see in the participants. ” The weekly classes offer an intensive introduction to the techniques of writing and performing original material. By Friday night, students will have worked to develop and polish material, developing a dialogue with the audience, how to read laughter, or lack of laughter and getting comfortable in front of the microphone. Headliner Zimmerman has been making audiences laugh at Catch a Rising Star in the Princeton Hyatt, Grovers Mills Coffee House in West Windsor, Parx Casino, Rock N Joe’s in Union, NJ, Greenwich Village Comedy Club and the Stand in NYC, Sarcasms in Cherry Hill and Hightstown, Comedy Cabaret in Philadelphia, and LOL Comedy Club in Paulsboro and Glassboro. He will be joined by fellow professionals Lynne Emonds, Tim Eli and Basking Ridge’s own Chris Sicoli.

The barn is wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services is requested to make a request by sending an e-mail in advance to

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.