Joshua Tree International Improv
July 6 – 8
Indio Performing Arts Center
Come out and watch comedians and improv groups compete for laughs. Enjoy an afternoon of award-winning stand-up comedy with a new comedy act every 15 minutes. You can enjoy them all or just those that suit your fancy with an all day pass so you can come and go as you please.
An opening night gala like no other! Launching at 6:30 with a social hour featuring scrumptious heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a cash bar followed at 7:30 by special guest entertainment Francesca Amari, performing YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A Love Song to Gilda Radner. (Some material may be R-rated.)
OPENING NIGHT GALA FRIDAY
FRIDAY 7:30pm (6:30pm Bar/Social) | Blak Box Theater
YOU MAKE ME LAUGH! A musical portrait to America’s Comedic Sweetheart: Gilda Radner
Starring FRANCESCA AMARI Music Director – Wayne Abravanel
A musical biography of Gilda: her life, her loves, her peeves, her rise to stardom, her marriage to Gene Wilder, her battles … all lovingly and laughingly told through song and Gilda’s own words!
Francesca Amari has been touring the country the last 3 years with her newest cabaret show, YOU MAKE ME LAUGH: A Love Song to Gilda Radner, premiering it in 2011 at a 10- day festival for Gilda’s Club West MI, and sharing the schedule w/ Betty White, Margaret Cho & more. She has raised more than $1,000 for Gilda’s Clubs and cancer support organizations whenever she performs it. She is one of the creators and performers of a brand new, hit show called “Palm Springs JUMP!” which pays tribute to the old glamour of Palm Springs and the Hollywood stars who have lived and performed there.