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Denton comedy show to premiere Saturday

Denton comedy show to premiere Saturday

April 15
00:02 2011

By Marlene Gonzalez / Intern –

While Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and Seth Meyers can be seen from the television set on weekends, Denton now has its own cast of comedians making their debut at the Hydrant Café.

“The Other Saturday Night Show” is free and will start at 8 p.m.

The group, which currently has eight members, hopes to bring laughter and entertainment to the community, said Travis Stuebing, a UNT alumnus and organizer of the group.

“What we’re doing is something that we feel is unique to the area,” Stuebing said. “We don’t know of anyone that’s doing a three-part student improv, stand-up sketch comedy for entertainment, and that’s really what we’re hoping to accomplish.”

The cast has two weeks to prepare for each of its acts. The first week, they write the script, then rehearse and work on improv techniques the second week, said Stuebing.

Although they have been compared to the popular NBC show “Saturday Night Live,” organizers didn’t plan to, Stuebing said.

“Initially, we went into the Hydrant and noticed there was a music event happening on a Saturday that we wanted to do the show on, so we figured, ‘okay we’ll just do it the other Saturday night’ and the name kind of stayed,” he said.

Chris Worthington, a radio, television and film senior, has worked with Stuebing for the past couple years in an improv group. The pair decided to start the show to bring something other than the music scene to Denton, he said.

“It’s a completely new experience. We are really winging it,” Worthington said. “I think that a really cool aspect about it is that it can be a collaborative show, and it sort of breathes life into itself.”

Worthington said if they draw a big enough crowd the first night, they will probably charge $1 or $2 afterwards to help pay for props and other items the group might need to perform.

“We’re not doing it to get money,” he said.

Amanda Perkins, a theatre arts senior, is the only girl of the group. She signed up for technical work, but got drawn into performing because the group needed a female figure, she said.

“It’s a little odd for me, since I’m a costume designer and I haven’t been on stage in a long time,” she said. “It’s helping me to really find a balance between [performing and costume design], ‘cause I’d kind of given up performing for a while. This is me coming back and saying, ‘No I don’t have to pick one thing. I can do both.’”

Glen Haas, the owner of the Hydrant Café, said he wanted to bring different forms of entertainment to the community.

“Loving ‘Saturday Night Live’ as I always have, the concept of having live comedy that I can go to right here on the downtown Square really appeals to me just as a comedy fan,” Hass said.

He said he hopes the show will bring back the nostalgic feel of the 1800s to Denton.

For more information, contact the group through or find them on Facebook.

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