Greg Stone will tell you that he doesn’t really get into politics when he’s doing stand-up, and President-elect Donald Trump won’t change that.
“A little bit maybe, but I say what I do is more social commentary,” said Stone, who will be performing along with two other comics, Joe List and Chris Lamberth, in “Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show,” at Proctors GE Theater New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m., and at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany at 9 p.m.
“People are really into Donald Trump, and if I’m going to attack him I have to be very smooth when I do it. It doesn’t make things easy. It’s pretty divisive out there right now, and I don’t want to go out there and p. . . . people off.”
Stone has been doing stand-up comedy for 16 years now, and along with performing throughout the New York City area he has appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” TruTV’s “Friends of the People” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” The New Jersey native has wanted to be a comedian for as long as he can remember.
“My mother told me when I was little I told her that I wanted to be a Communist,” remembered Stone. “I had it wrong. She told me, ‘oh, you mean you want to be a comedian.’ I said, ‘yeah, a comedian.’ I love doing stand-up. That’s what I do. If I do any TV or movies, it’s so people will get to know me and then come see me doing stand-up.”
Stone said he is looking forward to doing double-duty Saturday night at Proctors and at Capital Rep.
“I got a phone call from Joe List asking me if I wanted to do this,” he said. “I said, ‘yeah, sure.’ I’m with you. You just tell me what to do and when and I’ll be fine.’ ”
While performing on New Year’s Eve is almost a must for a successful comic, Stone isn’t looking forward to any more live performances on Christmas Eve.
“I’m at a casino on Christmas Eve, and the only people there are Asian and Jewish people, and people who have been rejected by their families,” he said. “Or people who have rejected their family. I thought my show wasn’t so bad, but the people weren’t so great.”
Stone’s two associates in “Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show” are also well known throughout the New York City area and have plenty of television credentials. List is a regular on the Manhattan comedy circuit, and has been a featured performer on “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” He has also performed extensively throughout Canada and regularly opens for Louis C.K.
Lamberth, also based in New York, is an actor and comedian who has toured nationally with Chris Hardwick and has shared stages with a variety of headliners including Bill Burr, Trevor Noah and D.L. Hughley. His television credits include “Gotham Comedy Live” and MTV’s “Bugging Out.”
When they’re done at Proctors, Stone, List and Lamberth will head over to Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany to do another live performance beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets there are also $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. The Joey Thomas Big Band will finish up the New Year’s Eve celebration at Proctors but will not be performing at Capital Rep.
Meanwhile, at The Center for the Performing Arts in The Egg, four comics will also be pulling double duty. Steve Caouette, Kelly McFarland, Joe Bronzi and Jaye McBride make up the bill for “First Night of Funny: Clean and Clever,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Swyer Theatre, and the same foursome will return to do a different version of the show, “First Night of Funny: Uncensored,” beginning at 8 p.m. in the Hart Theatre.
All four comics tour nationally and have various television credits on their resume. McBride, a Wesport native and Albany resident, is a transgender who typically shares her experience of transition (in 2007) with her audience.
Tickets for each of the shows range from $35 to $40. The final show is scheduled to conclude at 9:30 p.m.
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‘Pretty Much The Best Comedy Show’
WHERE: Proctors (sold out) and Capital Repertory Theatre, 111, North Pearl, Albany
WHEN: 8 p.m. at Proctors and 9 p.m. at Capital Repertory, Saturday
HOW MUCH: $35-$30
MORE INFO: www.proctors.org, 346-6204
‘First Night of Funny: Clean and Clever’
WHERE: Swyer Theatre, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $40-$35
MORE INFO: www.theegg.org
‘First Night of Funny: Uncensored’
WHERE: Hart Theatre, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany
WHEN: 8 p.m., Saturday
HOW MUCH: $40-$35
MORE INFO: www.theegg.org