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Watch 'An Afternoon of Comedy' at the next Jewel Box Series showcase on Dec 10th!
December 4, 2023
Watch 'An Afternoon of Comedy' at the next Jewel Box Series showcase on Dec 10th!

Get ready to have sore ribs. Three stand-up comedians will be featured in An Afternoon of Comedy, the next installment of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Headliner Lando V.C. will be joined by fellow comics Carla Vasquez and Anthony Ryan at 2:30 pm Sunday, December 10 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre complex.

General admission tickets are $15 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office, and $15 plus service charges at Ticketmaster.

An Afternoon of Comedy takes stand-up comedy out of the club and into the intimate, alcohol-free environs of the 205-seat Philanthropy Theatre. The program will follow the traditional comedy club format, with opener Anthony Ryan of El Paso hosting and performing original material. He’ll be followed by the middle, or feature act, Albuquerque comic Carla Vasquez, who draws inspiration from traveling, nature and Latina culture.

Closing out the show will be Lando V.C., the noted El Paso funnyman who has shared stages with Felipe Esparza and Willie Barcena, hosts comedy shows at the Church Bar in downtown El Paso, and headlined the Jewel Box series in 2019.

In its eighth season, the Jewel Box Series was created in partnership with El Paso Live in 2014 to host local performing artists and groups in that jewel box of a venue, the Philanthropy Theatre in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Here’s a rundown of the remaining 2023-2024 season shows:

• Gary Johnson, Live!, Gary Johnson (2:30 pm Sunday, January 14, 2024) — You’ll hear traces of Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke and more in the well-traveled singer, songwriter, and finger-picking guitarist’s intimate performance.

• Dare (me) to be … stuspid!, Border Theatre (2:30 pm Sunday, February 11, 2024) — Border Theatre returns with an improvisational piece built around three one-act plays connected by a 16-year-old trying to create her own narrative in a world of peer, social media, and other pressures.

• Al’s Club, Teatro Neplanta (2:30 pm Sunday, March 10, 2024) — El Paso’s newest theater group debuts an original work by playwright Matt Bianchi that takes place in a bar and deals with ego, faith, addiction, drunk driving, and life’s universal questions.

• The Scarecrow, KESSTO Kreatures (2:30 pm Sunday, April 14, 2024) — This original variation of The Wizard of Oz by puppeteer, playwright, teacher, and Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient Anthony Michael Stokes follows His Majesty the Scarecrow as he tries to save his country from a growing horde of crows.

• Arabica, Light Rain and Sisters of the Moon (2:30 pm Sunday, May 12, 2024) — Two names long associated with music (Doug Adamz and Light Rain) and belly dance (Leilania Marcus and Sisters of the Moon) transport you with a timeless romance between ethereal music and mysterious dance.

For more information about the Jewel Box Series visit: