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Comedy comes to School for the Arts

For the Press • Nov 1, 2013 at 6:12 PM

In the 1950s, there were Sid Caesar and Red Skelton. In the ’60s and ’70s Jonathan Winters and Peter Sellers. In the 1980s, a young fellow named Robert Post took up the gauntlet of his comic heroes and he carries on their legacy today. As a result of this eclectic group of comic inspirations — along with mime Marcel Marceau and mentor Tony Montanaro — Post is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year as a touring comedian, whose style includes something of each legendary comic and much original Post and his alter egos.

“I’ve been inspired by every one of those people and my stuff is probably even more physical,” Post says from his car on the way to the Canadian leg of his present tour. “It’s hard to top any of those guys. They were great.”

Robert Post, actor, Post the comedian, Post the dancer, juggler, mime and puppeteer will all convene at ETSU Saturday for a Homecoming week performance, at 7:30 p.m. in Bud Frank Theatre, lower level of Gilbreath Hall on Stout Drive.

Tickets for the ETSU performance are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for all area students with a college ID.

His one-man variety show, Post Comedy Theatre, takes Post and the audience through a lightning-speed series of scenarios and improvisations, character changes and zany physical comedy.

“We wanted to bring something for everyone, our students and the whole family, for Homecoming,” Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Director Anita DeAngelis said. “We have not worked with comedy acts before. Post Comedy is a great show. He is very family friendly. He’s just got a delightful sense of humor and his comedy is very physical.”

Post will select from various works in his repertoire including, “SPIKED,” an impossibly fast-paced work set entirely to a sound effects tape; “POST Child,” a duet with a puppet created by Henson Studio artist Matthew Brooks, that looks like a third-grade version of Post; “Pasquale’s Kitchen,” a wacky TV chef that whips up a culinary feast of juggling, visual gags, dialects, jokes, magic and rhythm; “Beyond the Wall (A Mystery),” a “tour de force” six character, quick change murder mystery; “Ballet 101,” a hysterical parody of a ballet instructor; and “Tango,” a “passionate” dance with red long johns.

The fast pace and quick changes are well-suited for a college and younger audience, Post said.

“College students will enjoy the variety of it,” he said. “The generation of college kids, they are used to being bombarded with things. They’re going to love that aspect of my show, as well.”

“My shows include a lot of improvisation, chit-chat with audience,” he said, who was part of an improv group before he started his full-time solo work. “That can be exciting. It can get wild.”

Post is an alumnus of the Affiliate Artists program and has toured his one-man performance to 45 U.S. states, Canada, Japan, Mexico, throughout the Mediterranean and Russia. In addition, Post’s work has been seen across the U.S. and in Canada on national television on PBS in a special award-winning special, “Robert Post — In Performance,” and regionally in a variety of PBS educational programs for high school students.

He also co-created a new version of The Nutcracker and co-directed Coppelia and Cinderella for BalletMet Columbus. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Ohio State University Department of Theatre.

For more information about Post Comedy Theatre and the many faces of Robert Post, visit his website at www.robertpost.org.

For tickets or more information about this event or Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-TKTS (8587). Follow Mary B. Martin School of the Arts on Twitter at TheArtsAtETSU and on Facebook.

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