Mike Donovan, one of Boston’s original comedy legends from the great days of the Ding Ho and early Comedy Connection, is set to perform at The Cabot Performing Arts Center in Beverly on Saturday, November 14th as part of the ongoing series ‘Comedy at the Cabot’. Presented by Scamps Comedy, the show will also feature sets from Boston favorites Matt D, Sean Sullivan, Dan Gill and Chris Cameron.
Although best known for his sports-related material, Donovan’s comedy covers a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from pop culture to all nature of human foibles. A native of South Boston, he regularly works the top clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has been featured on “The NESN Comedy All-Stars”, ESPN’s “SportsCenter”, Fox’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period”, and the Showtime network. He was also featured in the Showtime documentary “When Standup Stood Out” and, in 2012, appeared on Marc Maron’s live “WTF” podcast, which was taped at Boston’s The Wilbur.
“I love Mike. He’s a straight shooter in life and in comedy,” Maron tells the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner. “Good guy. Hilarious comic. A legend.”
The former radio DJ once had his own talk show on Boston radio and has written stories that have appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Patriot Ledger, and others. A major history buff, Donovan is currently in the final stages of a book that combines historical anecdotes and comedy, called “101 Stories of American History”.
While Donovan is the evening’s main event as headliner, fans are in for a very special treat with this lineup. Formerly featured as one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and in an episode of the carton Explosion Bus, comedian Matt D. made his debut earlier this year on TBS’s “Conan”. With a deadpan on-stage personality offset by sharp and sometimes twisted material, the New Hampshire native is a festival favorite and has been a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s also had wins or final-round showings in several other contests, including three wins in New Hampshire that earned him the title, “The Funniest Comedian in New Hampshire.” He’s performed several times at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival.
“I like hearing good jokes,” Matt D. tells one interviewer. “I also like when you can read a joke on paper and it’s as funny as it is out loud.”
Boston’s Sean Sullivan is an accomplished and popular stand-up comedian and sketch comedy performer, with loose and unpredictable tendencies that have audience members guessing at what he’ll come up with next. Named as one of Boston’s top comics by The Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Phoenix, the former “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” intern has also been profiled in The Weekly Dig. He’s performed at the Great American Comedy Festival and was featured on “Die Laughing”, a 30-minute television pilot produced by “Friends” co-creator Kevin Bright. He has also appeared on Comedy Central, and has been a two-time semifinalist at the Boston Comedy Festival.
The hilarious and ostentatious Dan Gill puts a charge into any audience with material that is fast, loud, sharp and funny. A veteran of the Boston comedy scene, he’s performed in clubs, restaurants and theaters around New England, and shared the stage with top comedians including Steven Wright, Louis C.K., Wendy Leibman, Anthony Clark, Jimmy Dunn, and more.
According to Gill, his biggest television moment has long come and gone: “I told a joke on The Bozo Show as a kid,” Gill cites. “I haven’t been on TV since.”
Chris Cameron performs at comedy clubs and showcases around New England, where he has won over audiences with his unusual take on the world and his oddly charming mannerisms. In addition to placing in the finals of the Witch City Comedy Contest and New Hampshire’s Funniest Comic Contest, he has shared the stage with national and New England headliners including Juston McKinney, D.J. Hazard, Frank Santorelli, Dave Russo, Dave Rattigan and Eddie Brill. Cameron is also a member of the comedy troupe Sketchy People.
Tickets for this stacked lineup are $22 and can be purchased here for the 8:00 p.m. show. The Cabot Performing Arts Center is located at 286 Cabot Street in Beverly, Massachusetts.