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Naughty & Nice

Finish decking the halls, then get set for holly, jolly good times

It’s a month packed with comedy including Jamie Loo Who (in photo), one of the acts in ProArts’ “Naughty Noel” running Friday through Sunday, Dec. 23, and Hannibal Buress (second photo) later this month at the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Brett Wulfson photo

In September, when Kristi Scott, ProArts managing director, announced its 2018-19 season from the ProArts Playhouse stage, she added: “Take your kids to see ‘Elf’ for the holidays, but leave them at home for ‘Naughty Noel.’ “

Scott describes the two-weekend event, which opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei’s Azeka Place Makai, as “a variety show — like an R-rated ‘Carol Burnett’ (Show) — not burlesque.”

With a different host and lineup of acts each night, “Naughty Noel’s” lengthy list of performers includes comedy sketches by the Bubble Squad and Free Range Comedy, songs from many of Maui’s favorite singers such as Lia De Souza, Laura Lee (Cole) and Lin McEwan and comedy by Gabby Anderman, Ted Anderson, Kathy Collins, Chris Rose and Jason Strahn.

The cabaret and variety production will also serve as a fundraiser for ProArts, with proceeds targeted for new carpeting, new signs and its emerging youth theater program. In addition, items will be auctioned off nightly that vary from a cooking class with Vinnie Linares to season tickets to Free Range Comedy, Maui OnStage and ProArts productions.

The Friday show will feature Collins as host and as her signature alter-ego, Tita. Collins is joined by Kit Kat Cabaret, Lee, Rose, Anderman and Francis Tau’a.

Hannibal Buress, Marcus Price photo

On Saturday Anderson hosts with performances by Cabaret & Cocktails, De Souza, the Bubble Squad, Tamara, Spice, Lily O’Lei, Strahn and Kimberly Dobson.

Sunday’s lineup includes singer songwriter Kimo Nevius, Big J, The Baroness, Joshua Blue, Felicia Chernicki-Wulf, C.A. Greenlee, Sarah Loney-Mark, McEwan and Jamie Loo Who (Wilcox) presenting “The Night Before Christmas.”

The following weekend, Ally Shore hosts on Friday, Collins returns next Saturday, with John Williams on Sunday.

* ProArts and Cabaret & Cocktails present “Naughty Noel.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. Tickets are $26. For more information or to purchase tickets for any ProArts event, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com. This event contains adult content and is for audiences 21 and older only.

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Hannibal Buress, who makes his Maui debut at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Castle Theater at Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, refers to himself on his website as “a mildly popular comedian.” The modest comic, writer, podcast host and actor was called, “One of the most supremely gifted and respected comics around” by The New York Times.

A regular on Comedy Central and many late-night talk shows, Buress is also a cast member on the series “Broad City,” former co-host of Adult Swim’s “The Eric Andre Show,” and has written for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

A few of his recognizable comedy routines include being arrested for jaywalking in Montreal, and his realization that he could hire his own personal parade while on tour in New Orleans.

Buress explains he employed a four-man jazz band with the assistance of the New Orleans Police Department — who also drew up his exact parade route.

“I’ve been walking since 1983, but this is the most fun I had doing it — it’s not even close,” mused Buress.

During the five-person parade, he stopped to buy five Jameson and ginger ales to go and was instantly chided by one of the police escorts: “Why did you get drinks? You should have just bought a bottle beforehand.”

The “mildly popular comedian” first rose to national prominence after lampooning Bill Cosby at a comedy club in 2014. He asked the audience to “Google ‘Bill Cosby, rape’ “ when they got home, joking that it would produce larger results than, “A search for Hannibal Buress.” Within days, video footage of that performance went viral, which ignited the massive media speculation of Cosby.

Many will recognize Buress for his film roles like Griff the handyman in “Daddy’s Home” alongside Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Baywatch.” He has also lent his voice to the animated films “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Angry Birds.” His third standup special, “Comedy Camisado,” is currently available on Netflix.

Joining Buress on the bill at the MACC is actor and comedian Milton “Lil Rel” Howery, best known for his roles as Robert Carmichael in “The Carmichael Show and his current Fox series, “Rel.”

* Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 in Castle Theater at the MACC. Tickets are $39 and $49 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or order online at www.mauiarts.org. This performance contains adult content and is not appropriate for children.

Also this week

Seabury Hall Performing Arts hosts its annual, perennially sold-out, Holiday Performing Arts Concert. Director of Dance David Ward will celebrate the performing arts department’s 30th anniversary with the advanced Seabury Hall Dance Ensemble members by restaging “Common Change,” the very first modern piece he staged at Seabury. Guest artist Hallie Hunt, co-founder and artistic director of Adaptations Dance Theater, has set a contemporary take on tango for the ensemble.

The Level C dancers will perform a piece staged by guest artist Yezzi, artistic director of PUreMOTIONz Dance.

Choreographer Andre Morissette teams up with Band Director Phil Proctor in a live music collaboration between Proctor’s percussion students and Morissette’s Level B dancers.

Ballet teacher Vanessa Cerrito’s Ballet I, II and III students combine several numbers from their recent musical, “Anything Goes.”

* Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and include complimentary beverages and a dessert buffet. To purchase discounted tickets in advance, visit www.seaburyhall.org.

Upcoming

Rick Bartalini Presents Bill Maher’s 8th annual New Year’s Comedy Extravaganza. Maher will be ringing in the Maui New Year at the MACC once again, joined by standup comedians Natasha Leggero and Carol Leifer.

* Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 in Castle Theater at the MACC. Tickets are $79.50 and $99.50 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or order online at www.mauiarts .org. This performance contains adult content and is not appropriate for children.

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Comedian, healing coach, teacher and public event speaker, JP Sears brings his uplifting humor in January to the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. The satirical Sears slices through the nuances of the new age community, self-help movement, health practices and his own life through laughter while inspiring audiences to live their best lives.

* Performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Historic Iao Theater. Tickets range from $42.50 to $98.50 with a limited number of VIP tickets also available, which include a post-show event with Sears, photo, autographed merchandise and a group Q&A session. For tickets or more information, call 242-6969 or order online at www.mauionstage.com.

Opportunities

ProArts is seeking original plays written by local playwrights, and plans to produce one or more locally written works in June 2020 to conclude its 2019-2020 season.

To be considered, scripts must be fully written at time of submission and one hour in length or longer. Shorter one-acts will be considered, but inclusion will depend on receipt of sufficient submissions to organize an evening of one-act plays.

Musicals will only be considered with original sheet music to which the author has the rights. In addition, all plays must be written to conform to the ProArts Playhouse performance space and its production resources. Plays with small casts are preferred.

Submit scripts in PDF form by email to proartsmaui@yahoo.com or mail a hard copy to ProArts Playhouse, 1215 S. Kihei Rd. #410 Kihei, HI 96753, Attn: Play Submission. The deadline for submissions is June 30. For more information, call 463-6550 or visit www.proartsmaui.com.