The Flapole Radio Cafe returns on February 9 at 7 pm at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre, featuring guest artist Tom Leopold. Tickets are now on sale at www.flagpoleradioproductions.org. All tickets are $35. If further information is needed, please contact Martin Blanco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Producer Barbara Gaines remarked, “It’s time to come back. We never intended to be away for so long and we all miss creating and performing the show. The ensemble is very excited and I believe our audience is as well.” Co-producer Martin Blanco added, “We’re also excited to have Tom Leopold as our guest artist. Tom Leopold was an important comic artist of the American comedy movement that so many of grew up with. Tom also writes and performs comic songs and he’ll be bringing his distinctive song stylings to the Edmond Town Hall. If you are a fan of The National Lampoon, This is Spinal Tap, Saturday Night Live, not mention Seinfeld, you will not want to miss Tom Leopold.”
From writing for Seinfeld, Cheers, and Will and Grace, to working with such comedic legends as Jonathan Winters, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Martin Short, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest, Tom Leopold has been at the epicenter of comedy for nearly 40 years. He began writing material for National Lampoon magazine and went on to work on The National Lampoon Radio Hour when it was created in 1973. There he worked with comic legends such as Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest and Richard Belzer.
Mr. Leopold transitioned into television sketch comedy writing when The Chevy Chase Show began in 1977. He has been a producer, story editor and writer on a number of beloved American sitcoms including Caroline in the City, Cheers, Ellen, Hope and Faith, Seinfeld and Will and Grace.
Mr. Leopold’s career as a comedy writer has moved beyond television in recent years. His third novel Milt & Marty: The Longest Lasting & Least Successful Comedy Writing Duo in Show Biz History was praised by critics and peers alike. He wrote The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Will Farrell, Bill Murray and David Letterman. Tom recently wrote all the jokes for Vice President Pence’s Grid Iron speech and has written comedy speeches for such political folk as Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and three-time head of the C.I.A. Robert Gates.
Beginning in 2012, Tom Leopold entertained artists on radio as the co-host with Father Leo on Entertaining Truth on the Catholic Channel of Sirius XM. Mr. Leopold, a former secular Jew and recent Catholic convert, is a sought after speaker for his hilariously heartfelt and poignant performance lecture, “A Comedy Writer Finds God: My Journey to Faith, One Laugh at a Time,” in which he tells the story of his crisis of no faith to his discovery of and conversion to the Catholic faith. Mr. Leopold has spoken at Catholic parishes, Knights of Columbus chapters, Catholic universities, Catholic conferences, libraries and JCCs. In 2014 he was honored with the Christopher Spirit Award, by the Christophers, a nonprofit organization rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity.
Currently, Mr. Leopold is developing a television show for the Blaze network called DWECK. He is the head writer and co-star for this politically incorrect series which will begin in March.
Mr. Leopold lives with his wife Barbara and their two daughters, dividing their time between New York City and New Milford.
The Flagpole Radio Café is an evening of engaging music and compelling comedy performed by an ensemble of local artists. The ensemble comprises musicians Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Cadence Carroll, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler, and actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler