Meet The Blackpack This Friday

the blackpack at the clayton center the blackpack at The Clayton Center The Blackpack at The Clayton CenterWe’ve been talking about The Blackpack and their show All Laughs Matter, scheduled for Friday, January 20, at 8 PM here at The Clayton Center. But who are these guys?

Meet Vince Morris, BT, and Billy D. Washington. Three headliners. One stage. All celebrating our differences, one joke at a time.

If you ask the guys why they chose this title for their show, they will tell that it’s because at some point in their career, each of them has been accused of not being true to their heritage…their culture…and their profession. They say they have been considered to be “Too Black for one venue. Not Black enough for another.”

But, funny is funny, right? And these guys are funny. They celebrate individualism with their motto: “Be yourself. Because everybody else is already taken.”

The Blackpack members are former Houston police officer, Billy D Washington. Billy D followed his heart, took to the stage and has since assembled a pretty impressive body of work. He has been featured at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival twice and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and traveled for three years as the opening act for The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. He has also appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and Last Comic Standing, among other late night show appearances.

Vince Morris is one of the hottest up and coming comedy veterans on the scene today. No stranger to television, Vince has appeared on BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, CBS’ Late Late Show and Comics Unleashed W/Byron Allen. He also starred in his own  half hour Comedy Central Special.

BT jokingly refers to himself as “a Black redneck with a rock star attitude.” He has performed in more than 43 states and three countries and has been seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channels’ “Black Scorpion” to the critically acclaimed HBO movie “Suckers.” He has been on MTV, BET, and VH1. BT and his Jerry Lewis-style energy is a favorite in the nationally touring comedy show “SELLOUT.”

Check out The Blackpack this Friday. Tickets are $25, plus sales tax and fees. Presented in partnership with Sinclair Entertainment. Purchase tickets here.

All Laughs Really Do Matter

The Blackpack – three very funny African-American comedians – bring their show, All Laughs Matter, to The Clayton Center stage on Friday, January 20, at 8 PM. And while the Blackpack’s theme is a good-natured, often brutally honest look at our national political spectrum, the show’s title highlights a universal truth: All laughs matter because laughter is good medicineClayton Center laugh.

That’s right, research shows that laughter really is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, protects the heart, diffuses anger, burns calories and best of all, may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.

You can read more about the benefits of a good belly laugh at healthguide.org Then, make plans to enjoy more laughs at The Clayton Center. Tickets to The Blackpack are on sale now. In March, we also present Lawn and Disorder, relationship comedy based on everyday life. We care about our patrons, so we are doing our part to help you laugh your way through 2017!

Pure Flix Entertainment To Film Comedy Series Live This Week At The Clayton Center

sinbad-clayton-center-dec-1A production crew will arrive in Clayton this week to film three evenings of clean comedy that will be featured on a new showcase, “Pure Flix Presents: Comedy All-Stars.” The crew will be bringing some of the biggest names in comedy with them to host the comedy showcases. Filming will begin on Thursday, December 1, with Sinbad as the featured host. Christian comic Jeff Allen will host on Friday, December 2, and Emmy-winning Louie Anderson will host on Saturday, December 3.

The series will stream on Pureflix.com, a family-friendly, faith-based entertainment web site in 2017.

All of the shows begin at 7 PM, and tickets are $25 (plus sales tax and fees).

Read a great article about the series in the Clayton News Star.

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Treat Yourself to Comedy & Concerts

 We’ll be rockin’ to the music  and rollin’ on the floor laughing at The Clayton Center in the coming week … You don’t want to miss what we’ve got going on this October…

In just 2 days – Friday, October 10, 8 PM – get out of the house before Hurricane Matthew moves in this weekend! Shana Tucker blows into town with her cello and her ChamberSoul music. Tickets are just $15. Discounts are available. Call the Box Office for more info. Listen to Shana here.

Thursday, October 13, 8 PM – The Queen of Comedy – Sommore – continues to break records with her stand-up act, performing to sold-out audiences across the country. With her humorous, frank and fearless wit, this Queen of Comedy tackles everything from mundane politics to controversial life issues. Tickets range from $32.50-42.50. Listen to Sommore here.

Friday, October 14, 8 PM – The iconic John Hiatt (presented by Bob Nocek Presents) performs an intimate, acoustic concert. Tickets $45. VIP packages are available. Listen to John here.

Saturday, October 15, 8 PM – The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 season opens with Pat Hazell in The Wonder Bread Years, a fresh and funny salute to Americana. Tickets $25. Find more info here.

We finish out the month with the Clayton Piano Festival on October 22 and Decades Rewind on October 28. Check back for more information on these events later this month.

Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday, September 7, For Individual Palladian Series Shows

Enjoy a fun and exciting evening at The Clayton Center during the 2016-17 Palladian Series. Individual tickets to events in the performing arts series go on sale this Wednesday, September 7, at 10 AM. Flex packages, which include a 10% discount off of the base ticket price when you purchase tickets to three or more showonderbreadyrsclaytoncenterncws, also will be on sale at this time.

There is still time to purchase full season ticket packages as well. The more you see, the more you save! Purchase a season ticket package and see all six shows at 15% off. That’s like seeing one show for free!

Visit our Palladian Series page for more information and to view videos of this year’s talented performers.