Valentine's Day offers 'boomer humor'
By Ruth Nerhaugen, Contributor
What tickles your funny bone?
If you never missed “Seinfeld” and often stay up late to watch the funnymen on the “Tonight Show,” then Pat Hazell makes you laugh.
If you appreciate the humorous aspects of motherhood and know how to tell a good lawyer joke, then Karen Morgan makes you laugh.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the two humorists offer a night of standup comedy in Red Wing. They will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Sheldon Theatre.
Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC’s “Seinfeld” and a veteran “Tonight Show” guest, has 25 years of experience as a writer, producer and director, as well as a performer of Americana and nostalgic “boomer humor.” Showtime once called him one of the five funniest people in America.
The first play he wrote, “Bunk Bed Brothers,” was filmed as the NBC sit-com “American Pie.” Hazell’s signature work, “The Wonder Bread Years,” a salute to the baby boomer generation, was aired on PBS, where he was described as a “pop culture anthropologist.”
Four of his original productions — including those two plays — have gone on national tour, and he’s developing a musical adaptation of an original play, “Grounded for Life.”
In addition, Hazell has done a lot of writing for television, including “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
More about his work can be found online at PatHazell.com.
Morgan’s love affair with comedy began when she was a child and her father let her stay up late to watch Johnny Carson with him, she told the Maine Bar Journal when she was interviewed in 2009.
She and her dad also watched “Saturday Night Live” together, which helped develop her appreciation for standup comedy. Growing up, she had a poster of Steve Martin with an arrow through his head on her wall.
The Georgia native, who relocated to Maine with her husband and three kids, pursued a career as a trial lawyer. While on hiatus from her law practice, she pursued her longtime interest in comedy by taking a class in standup comedy — twice.
In 2005 Morgan sent a tape of herself to a Nickelodeon TV show, Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” From more than a thousand entries, she was chosen as one of seven finalists and spent a week in New York performing family-oriented comedy at clubs and theaters.
Since then she has appeared across the country and on radio, including Sirius XM Radio, and she was a founder of the Mama’s Night Out comedy tour. Morgan won the Improv Comedy Club’s national comic search in Las Vegas in 2012.
NBC described her act as “Comedy through the perceptive eye of a loving wife and mother; prepared with the tenacity of an attorney; and tempered with a dash of Southern charm.”
If you go …
Who: Karen Morgan and Pat Hazell
What: Valentine’s Day comedy show
When: 7 p.m. Feb. 15
Where: Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St.
How much: Adults $25.50, students $16.50
<B>More info: <B>651-388-8700 or www.sheldontheatre.org