A Catskillian Marriage

In some ways, the comedic styles of Richard Lewis and Kevin Pollak couldn’t be more different. The latter frequently and effortlessly disappears into other people during his act: Pollak’s peerless roster of celebrity impersonations includes Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and Dustin Hoffman, and recently he started a podcast entirely in the guise of Christopher Walken. Lewis, meanwhile, is never anything but himself in the raw. A holdover from an era of comedians who saw therapeutic potential in performing, he plumbs the darkest recesses of his off-kilter psyche and genuinely seems to be working shit out onstage. And while Pollak’s act is carefully rehearsed, Lewis’ material is a seemingly unstructured cavalcade of extemporaneous diversions. Yet both of these road warriors have continued to transcend comedy trends over the past five decades and forge their own paths — and both embody the vintage humor of the Catskills, the New York resort town that helped put standup comedy on the national map. Their joint appearance Friday at the Parker Playhouse will serve as a fundraiser for a planned Catskill Resort Museum, honoring the region’s rich comedic history. Tickets cost $63.13 to $110.33, and showtime is 8 p.m. The playhouse is located at 707 NE Eighth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222, or visit parkerplayhouse.com.
Fri., Feb. 27, 2015