Queen Street Playhouse's Brian Porter talks comedy, the future, and fundraising

"Affordable and accessible to everyone"

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Queen Street Comedy Series, presented by Queen Street Playhouse, follows its first two shows — featuring Charleston-bred (and big deal) comics, Jeremy McLellan and Dusty Slay — with another killer show, with headliner Drew Thomas. Thomas is joined by Wayne Cousins and Vince Fabra, with comedian Bill Davis as host. Tickets for the Fri. Nov. 2 show at 8 p.m. can be purchased online for just $15.

Thomas, according to a press release, is know to induce "face-hurting laughs," and frequently visits comedy clubs in NYC, Las Vegas, and Toronto. He's appeared on Last Comic Standing and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Columbia, S.C. based comedian Cousins is described as "sneaky funny in the very best sense of the word."



Charleston's own Vince Fabra has promised to upstage everyone else on this evening's bill; Fabra is often described as "fangry," funny and angry.
Queen Street Playhouse (QSP) is, in case you missed it, the new name for the building that occupies the Footlight Players. While the Footlight Players are very much still in action, executive director Brian Porter tells us that QSP came about simply because it could.

"As Footlight [the building/company] was producing six or seven shows a year and a Piccolo series," says Porter. "The space sits vacant for so long. We decided to make it affordable and accessible to everyone." That accessibility, now, looks like several series at QSP, which run in addition to Footlight's usual live theater offerings.

There's Queen Street Comedy; Queen Street Harmony, courtesy of Eddie White and Awendaw Green; and Queen Street Poetry, from the city's poet laureate himself, Marcus Amaker.

"Queen Street Playhouse is synonymous with something bigger," says Porter of the building's rebranding. He notes that the Footlight Players are lucky enough to own their building — a rarity in downtown Charleston — and that taking more advantage of the space, which spans half a city block, makes sense.

"It's done exactly what I want it to do, which is excite our artistic community," says Porter.
If you're as excited as Porter, then take advantage of Footlight Players' fundraiser, A Night on the Red Carpet, taking place on Sat. Nov. 3. The evening celebrates the theater's 87-year-old history, "with a wide-eyed look to its bright future." A Night on the Red Carpet also honors Dr. Carl Korn and Mrs. Sandra Korn, who were avid, devoted supporters of the Footlight Players fro over 40 years.

The evening features a red carpet, naturally, running alongside the theater through Philadelphia Alley, as well as a silent auction, open bar, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. At 8 p.m. the theater hosts a lineup of musical performances including Porter himself, Nakeisha Daniel, and guest artists from the Queen Street Harmony Series.

Stay up-to-date with all of Queen Street Playhouse's happenings online. 

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