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Showtimes: 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm
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Comedy came easy for Chris Thomas, at age 8 he learned he had a knack for Impersonating just about anybody, till the day he was 19 and the Washington Star dubbed the young stand-up comedian as an “impressionist headed no place but up.” So began Chris’s professional career. However, his swift and steady rise since then is the result of much hard work which has allowed Chris to become one of the nation’s brightest comedians, in the words of the Washington Post magazine “an accomplished impressionist…on his way to fame and fortune.”
Chris Thomas is the master of over 2000 amazing realistic celebrity impressions, including Denzel Washington, F. Lee Bailey, Mike Tyson, and Orson Welles. One of Chris’s favorite subjects, Sugar Ray Leonard, says quite simply “Chris Thomas knocks me out!” The Charlotte Observer lauded his ability to “move like a comic juggernaut from one famous voice to another.” Chris combines this versatility with a quick wit and deft timing to create remarkably funny conversations between several personalities at once. Chris has added impressions of singers including Frank Sinatra and Jeffrey Osborne, plus outrageous rap numbers to his repertoire to create his own fresh brand of humor.
Audiences have been knocked out by Chris’ stand-up performances at major venues including New York’s Catch A Rising Star and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. He has performed with an array of artists including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Luther Vandross and Anita Barker. Chris continues his extensive live performance schedule both on his own as well as with fellow comedians, Jamie Foxx and Mark Curry.
Success as a stand-up comedian has allowed Chris to expand his work into all major media’s. His radio work includes weekly appearances on WRKX New York’s morning show and the nationally syndicated Chris Thomas Comedy Hour. Advertising work has included such clients as Levis, Xerox, and Lee Jeans. Chris has been featured in film and video work including “Body and Soul” and Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” while television appearances include “Star Search,” “Live At The Apollo,” and “The Sugar Ray Leonard Roast.” Chris’ work on the 1988 Run/DMC and Public Enemy national tours established him as the King of Hip Hop comedy and led to his most popular role as The Mayor of Black Entertainment Televisions’ (BET’s) “Rap City”; the cable network’s highest rated show.
Perhaps his biggest break to date, however, has been the opportunity to team up with the renowned Whoopie Goldberg for an HBO comedy special. Whoopie happened to see a tape of Chris’’ stand-up act, and wanted to give him a wider showcase on the cable channel known for its outstanding comedy programming. As a result, Thomas was one of two featured comedians on Whoopie’s “Chez Whoopie” on HBO.
As his audience continues to grow, more and more fans find they converted to Chris’ unique comedy. Meanwhile, he continues to find new ways to keep his fans laughing and coming back for more.
Vanessa Fraction is a seasoned standup comedian, actor, credited television writer and television personality who is equally smart, hilarious and a delight to watch both onstage and onscreen. Born in St. Louis and raised in Chicago, she has successfully worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade.
As a standup comic, her performances are featured on a wide variety of televised comedy shows. From her start on Def Comedy Jam (HBO), to Nick Mom’s Night Out (Nick Jr.), to features on Mike Epps, Live at Club Nokia and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment Standup (STARZ). She recently, independently released her first hour special “A Fraction of the Truth”. As a comedian, she manages to movingly joke about a range of vulnerable and timely topics, including being a parent to two young adults, dating in the age of social media and other cultural oddities. When it comes to her comedy, she isn’t shy about being a strong, successful black woman who faces everyday struggles with a smile. She has performed in front of hundreds of audiences across the world. Fraction’s unique story telling style resonates with her listeners helping them escape reality through laughter and amusement.
As an actress, Vanessa has appeared in the recently released American TV drama series “Tales”, she also has a recurring role on the sitcom, Mann & Wife (BounceTV), and has had feature roles in the films Barber Shop 2: Back to Business and Kim Field’s Holiday Love: The Rebirth. Not only is she an all-around entertainer, she is a talented writer, and has written for entertainment talk shows including, The Arsenio Hall Show (CBS), 106 & Park (BET) and The Mo’Nique Show, which was her first writing job and offered to her after performing standup on the show.
While her comedy style is authentic, bold and blazing on stage, Vanessa’s hilariously fresh personality and insightful spin on trending topics, entertainment headlines and pop culture can be seen or heard as she frequently sits in as a panelist, guest host or talking head for national radio and television shows such as Dish Nation (FOX) and Windy City Live (ABC-Chicago). Her comedic style combined with her passion to make people laugh has enabled her to be a force to be reckoned with in the comedy world.
To “sum” it all up Vanessa Fraction is One Very Funny Lady