‘Corny Beef and Cabaret’ set for March 10Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Featuring priests, nuns, cops, bartenders and every other character commonly found in bawdy jokes, “Corny Beef and Cabaret” is guaranteed to make you laugh, cast members say.
“We basically take jokes and turn them into skits,” said Ellen McCarty. “There’s a scene with a priest in a confessional and all the characters come in and it’s just joke after joke after joke. There’s another one with a cop pulling people over and another one with different people coming into a bar. There’s also a whole scene on golf. It’s cabaret so it gets a little on the bawdy side. It’s an adult show. We guarantee you’ll laugh for two hours straight.”
“Instead of saying, ‘Two guys walk into a bar,’ we actually have a bar that two guys walk into and deliver their lines,” Mike said. “I’m pretty sure everyone will have heard one or two of these jokes before, but to see them performed kind of takes it to a different level. It’s just a lot of fun.”
The group’s next performance is set for 5:30 p.m. March 10 at B. Gump’s Restaurant & Lounge, 5147 Main St., in Sylvania. Tickets are $15. To order, call B. Gump’s at (419) 517-2199.
Dinner, featuring a special Irish menu, is also available at B. Gump’s, starting at 4 p.m.
Patrick and Bethanne said cast members feed off the laughter and energy from the crowd during the two-hour performance.
“You hear people in the audience cracking up laughing and it’s just very exhilarating,” Patrick said.
“And it’s at a joke they’ve heard 10 times before, but it’s just in such a new format that it’s funny,” Bethanne added. “There’s jokes I still laugh at every time.”
The fast-moving, vaudeville-style performance features a series of short “blackout” skits, several longer segments and musical interludes, Ellen said. The group does the show once or twice a year as well as for private parties.
Most of the jokes are delivered in Irish accents. Four cast members, including Mike and Ellen, are members of local Irish band Extra Stout and provide Irish music between scenes.
The show debuted in 2008 when Mike and Ellen, who had been thinking about writing an Irish play complete with Irish music, got together with Jim Shea and Tom Hage, who had been involved in local community theater cabaret.
“This is an opportunity to just come and have fun and laugh and enjoy yourself,” Ellen said. “We love doing it. We love making people laugh.”
Perhaps the most well-known cast member is Toledo native Mark Tomesek, who has been a part of national traveling theater performances and appeared on TV shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Office.”
The show also features Shea’s daughter Heidi Shea and Tom Moeller and Tom Troy of Extra Stout.
The McCartys said anyone who comes to the show is sure to have a good time, whether seeing it for the first time or the 10th time.
“For anybody who’s never seen it before, it’s definitely an experience. It’s two hours of laughter that you’ll absolutely love,” Patrick said. “Anybody who has seen it before should come see it again because it’s constantly changing. We’ve never done the same show twice. I think it’s gonna be a good show.”