Church Night is a comedy act based in Washington, DC. They have featured at The Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival (curated by Tig Notaro), Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and released their first, five episode web series, Church Night TV, in November 2015 - WINNER of Best Comedy Web Series and Best Comedy Lead Actress at LAWEBFEST and is an official selection for Webfest Berlin and Miami Webfest.
The format parodies a Middle-America church service, but the content is best suited for a late night in a cheap motel. In its monthly incarnation, Church Night takes the form of a variety show featuring rotating stand-up comedy, burlesque, and/or musical acts. Between the guest performances, Church Night titillates the congregation with the word of the Lord, sketches, music, and crowd participation (the good kind, not the shitty kind that no one likes). The service ends with the infamous Shots n’ Tots Communion. While the promise of a free shot of whiskey and a single tater tot may get people in the door, the church staff is what keeps them coming back.
The Reverend Dr. Stevedore Maybelline Bidet Esq. hails from the deep swamps of Louisiana and delivers the word with zealous passion as if on a combination of illicit ambien and trucker meth. Don’t worry, he’s licensed. Kathy Piechota, the sensual, Midwestern youth minister keeps the services running smoothly and does whatever it takes to keep the children in line. The scantily clad and mute altered boy, Randy St. Oates Jr., lights the candles, does whatever Bidet and Kathy tell him to, and then blows the candles out in the end. They’re good, faithful Americans whose only wish in life is to deliver the word of The Lord to as many people as possible in order to make lots and lots of of that cash money.
Church Night is written, produced, and performed by Linsay Deming, Landon Letzkus, and Jeremy Frank. They started as a variety show in April 2013 at iconic, neighborhood dive bar and alt-comedy hub, The Wonderland Ballroom. Having built a fervent following with consistently sold-out monthly shows, they relocated to historic rock venue, Black Cat, in December 2014. In addition to the monthly services, the Church Night characters host comedy and rock shows, perform sketches, and create weird, interactive experiences for unexpecting audiences. Check out churchnight.org to watch their web series, Church Night TV, and to find out where you can see Church Night live.
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