The Clark State Performing Arts Center will host a third Chalk de Peace Night of Comedy in the Turner Studio Theater at 8 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Featured comedians include Luke Capasso, Nate Washington, Black Daryl, Dwight McCormick and headliner Mark Gregory.
Though not a comedian herself, Tisa Braddy, owner and producer of Chalk de Peace, has a love for the craft. She said feedback from performers at the first two shows has been nothing but positive.
“I am overwhelmingly pleased how the first two shows have gone,” said Braddy. “The first show I was nervous. The second show I was excited. The comedians thus far have superseded any expectations I dared to have.
Braddy said the increase in guests from show one to show two, can only lead her to assume the comedy nights are well received and enjoyed.
“I am still in shock about all that can transpire in a year, in the midst of the pandemic…to present day, putting on productions at The Turner Studio Theater,” said Braddy. “The hope is to forge relationships with the community one laugh at a time.”
Headliner Mark Gregory has quickly become one of the rising stars of comedy. His unique ability to perform for churches, corporate events and comedy clubs sets him apart, making him a highly sought-after act. Though he is the nephew of comedic legend Dick Gregory, he has carved out his own path appearing on Aspire TV's We Got Next, FOX TV's One Mic Stand, The world famous Apollo theatre and TBS Just For Laughs comedy festival. In 2014, he taped his first hour special One Man Two Worlds at the historic Victoria Theatre in Dayton, Ohio to a sold out audience.
In 2015, Gregory won the Search For The One Comedy Competition and recorded another television special. This time for television in conjunction with The Assignment Agency and Oak View Point Films. In 2016 he traveled the country as the host of the Rebirth of Comedy tour featuring Akintunde & David Mann aka Mr. Brown. In 2017 Gregory took his talents overseas headlining a 7 day USO tour across Germany for United States service armed forces. Mark recently recorded a comedy special entitled “Run With It” that will be placed on Amazon and other streaming services in 2021.
Luke Capasso is a storyteller, political satirist with the willingness to venture into the absurd. He approaches comedy head on and full speed ahead. Celebrating the humor that he finds most true to himself; Capasso’s personal tales of triumph and utter defeat are decorated with sarcasm. With his deadpan style, Capasso’s jokes and stories encompass the trials of life as a young father, his years in the military, love, the inevitable loss and his small town American roots. Luke kick-started his career on the London, UK circuit and after completing his 4th solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival he is back performing in the good ‘ol US of A. Now he can be seen regularly performing at top Midwestern clubs.
Nate Washington is a stand-up comedian, Actor, and Podcaster. He started his journey into stand-up comedy at Wiley’s Comedy Club. He’s a former winner of the annual Dayton’s funniest comic contest, a finalist in the World Series of Comedy festival, and a recent participant in the Fuse Comedy & Art festival. Nate had opened for the likes of Roy Wood Jr., Tony Rock, Ms. Pat, Guy Torry and more. You can also see Nate this February featured in an upcoming advertising campaign for Dell computers.
Daryl Clark is an on the rise comedian from Cincinnati, Ohio with a sarcastic comedic approach and sense of humor. Daryl has performed at various FunnyBone clubs and has opened up for comics such as Mark Gregory, Tony Baker, DeRay Davis and Ali Siddiq, just to name a few. His ability to engage a crowd is one of a kind.
Dwight McCormick is a full-time Presbyterian Pastor, father and husband. He pokes fun at the absurdities of faith and family. You are sure to appreciate his brand of humor.
Tickets for the Chalk de Peace comedy show are $27.05 and can be purchased through ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Clark State PAC is located at 300 South Fountain Avenue in Springfield. All patrons, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status in all areas of the PAC venue.