Vermont Comedy All-Stars stand-up comedy showcase returns to Next Stage

PUTNEY — Gordon Clark and his Vermont Comedy All-Stars return for a night of stand-up comedy at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Featured performers will include several contest-winning and touring comedians most often seen in the Burlington area.

• Jessie Baade is a Catskill native who moved to Vermont by way of New York City and Boston. She has appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival and as a comic-in-residence at Boston's Comedy Studio. Among the several festivals she's been in are the Boston Comedy Festival competition and the Women In Comedy Festival. (1)Baade was named as a nominee for the 2019 Audio Verse Award.

She's appeared in Chris Fleming's web series and live shows Gayle as cast super-weirdo, Linda. She's also performed as MC Mama Bang Bang (and occasionally some other people) for Boston's Rogue Burlesque, where she wrote scripted variety, and in independent movies including The Invention Of Lying, The A Plate, and The Polka King.

• Austin Borg lives in a van with his dog, Summit, and never parks in the same place twice. He names his real education as beginning outside the confines of conventional schooling. He's been a thru-hiker along the Appalachian trail, trekking in the Himalayas, and hiked in the Andes.

Austin's been doing comedy for five years, an art through which he says he shares his stories and unconventional perspective.

• Julia DiFerdinando is a Vermonter and comedian. After touring and teaching comedy for more than 10 years with Second City in Chicago, she returned to Vermont in 2018 to be the creative director at the Vermont Comedy Club, where she developed all programming and artistic content for the groundbreaking theater.

In 2019, she won the London Short Series Best Actress for her performance in The Coat Room, which she also wrote and produced. Teaching and performing comedy has taken her around the world, most notably to Birmingham, San Francisco, and Beijing. Last year, she accepted a job at South Burlington High School as a theater teacher, where, she says, she brings her love of comedy to the students and has directed and produced a range of performance opportunities for the students.

• Adison Eyring is a standup in Burlington and a recent Texas transplant. She was voted Best New Comic at the Vermont Comedy Club Awards She performs regularly at shows and open mics throughout the state.

• Liam Welsh is a Burlington-based stand up comic. A multiple finalist at Vermont's Funniest Comedian Contest, including first runner up in 2019, he performs regularly around the state and especially at the Vermont Comedy Club, (2)where he has featured for national headliners such as Michael Rapaport, Solomon Georgia, Jenny Yang, and Jay Jurden, to name a few. He also hosts a weekly comedy game show, Free Stuff, at Lincoln's in Burlington.

• Gordon Clark (host) says he is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. A lifelong organizer and activist, he took up comedy when he was nearing 60.

Clark is the director of the nonprofit Vermont Comedy All-Stars, through which he produces and hosts monthly stand-up comedy showcase specials in Burlington (at Nectar's) and Montpelier (Bent Nails Bistro), as well as the quarterly showcase at the Next Stage Arts Theater in Putney.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, available at For more information, call 802-387-0102.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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