The series kicks off on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. enjoy Comedy Night, an evening of side-splitting comedy hosted by funny man Brian Hilario. ECTC’s featured comics this year are Jason Hedden of Panama City Beach, Gale MzUndastood of Jacksonville and Alabama headliner Clayburn Cox.
Improv and Stand-Up Comedian Brian Hilario has been performing around the Southeast since 2016. He’s best known for his improv work with The Side Splitters out of Panama City and the long-form Comedy-Duo Wildly Unnecessary. His stand-up explores the absurdities of everyday life, and the audience is always painfully aware that he’s paying attention. Combining the New York immigrant perspective, an Army veteran’s sensibility, and improvisational tendencies things can get a little blunt.
Jason Hedden is a theater professor and actor that took to stand-up comedy when his wife stopped laughing at his jokes at home. He lives in Panama City Beach, where he performs regularly and produces monthly shows with Panama City Comedy. He has been seen at StarDome, The Comedy Catch, Stand Up Live Huntsville, Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club and dozens of other venues throughout the southeast. Hedden was part of the Pensacola Indie Fringe and Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, Gulf Coast Comedy Festival and will be part of the 2022 P3 Comedy Festival. He has shared the stage with Henry Cho, Ryan Niemiller, Aaron Weber, Jenn Weeks, Ben Brainard, Chris Cope, Derrick Stroup, Cliff Cash and many other funny folks.
Born, raised, and educated in Jacksonville, Florida, Gale MzUndastood joined the U.S. Army after graduation and served in Desert Shield. She jumped into the comedy arena in 2015 and she has opened for comedy greats like Shawty Shawty from Wild'n Out, Double D, the late Tyler Craig and Don DC Curry (Uncle Elroy) from the Friday movie franchise.
Clayburn Cox is a Southern deadpan comedian with an offbeat delivery and stage presence. This Alabama native has appeared on Dry Bar Comedy, Laughs, and Juce TV. As a public high school teacher, Cox's #mrcox TikTok videos have recently garnered millions of views.
Arrive early to enjoy the display of original artwork in the ECTC Lobby Gallery sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The exhibit features artwork by local artists. All of the artwork is available for purchase. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education programs.
Tickets to each Summer Pop fun-raiser show are $30 per person. Proceeds benefit ECTC and its education programs. Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
ECTC’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard Town Center, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Group and the South Walton Tourist Development Council.
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