Three National Headliners! One Big Show!
Saturday, December 3rd
Kevin Bartini hosts
& Jim Mendrinos
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
With over 2 dozen television credits to her name, CAROLE MONTGOMERY is a respected veteran of the standup comedy scene nationwide. Carole has headlined clubs & colleges across the USA, starred in 2 different Las Vegas productions spanning 10 years! It is estimated that she has been seen by over 5 million audience members.
Carole created the live stand up comedy show Funny Women Of A Certain Age. The show was the Showtime network’s highest rated comedy special for 2019, making TV history as the first comedy special to feature 6 women over the age of 50.
The following year, More Funny Women Of A Certain Age premiered with huge viewership. EVEN MORE Funny Women Of A Certain Age premiered Thanksgiving Eve 2021.
Carole was also a featured performer at the MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS, BOSTON & NY COMEDY FESTIVALS.
Carole is proudest of her 11 comedy tours for Armed Forces Entertainment.
Inspired by his New York City roots and an eclectic collection of artists, Jim Mendrinos is a seasoned, professional stand-up comedian. Starting at the age of 19, Jim’s comedy has been featured on stand-up stages around the world. He’s brought his special brand of funny to Current TV, SiTV, Comedy Central, The Fox News Network, HBO and the BBC.
Jim wrote, directed, and starred in the web series Living in Exile (New Media Comedy), which airs on Amazon Video on Demand. His network writing credits include Amazon, NBC, USA, FOX, HBO, and the WB. His comedy special Not Dead Yet premiered on Amazon Prime.
He is respected in the comedy industry, so much so that he was asked to author “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Comedy Writing” (Alpha Press, © 2004.) The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College.
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To contribute to the culture and the community of Berkshire County, our events will utilize theater spaces that too often sit empty during the off season. We will also be partnering with local bars, clubs, stores, restaurants and art galleries to create unique and memorable festival events.
While offering a diverse slate of events, the defining feature of the BMCAF is that every show we produce will be dedicated to benefit a specific cause, group, charity or organization in the Berkshires.
Not limited to a single weekend, the BMCAF will take place year-round and feature an exciting slate of events that includes:
Stand-up comedy shows headlined by world-famous comics.
Intimate sit-down conversations with beloved actors and writers who have ties to the Berkshires.
Live tapings of popular podcasts hosted by some of today’s brightest comedic voices.
A wide array of sketch and improv performances.
Theatrical performances running the gamut from innovative one-man shows to cherished comedic classics.
Book signings with best-selling authors.
Film screenings followed by Q&A with directors and actors.
And much more...
Thanks for checking out the web page for The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Festival. This is an idea I have been thinking about for a while now. I have been very fortunate in my life. I have met amazing people, worked with genius comedians and had experiences that would have been impossible were it not for my childhood in Berkshire County.
I was raised in an area rich with history and unparalleled scenic beauty. Where Herman Melville was inspired to write Moby Dick. Where Rockwell Painted The Four Freedoms, Where Oscar winner Mel Gibson made his roaring return to film in Daddy's Home 2.
Yes, the Berkshires are beautiful and inspiring. But like Moby Dick, The Four Freedoms and Daddy's Home 2. The Berkshires aren't funny. But I want to change that.
I have an idea to partner with theaters and businesses in the Berkshires to produce all types of funny people doing all types of funny things. Not just stand-ups (although there will be plenty of stand-ups).
I am bringing up my funniest friends! Comedy teams from The Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City. Comedy Writers and cast members from The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live in performance and conversation. We will offer live podcast recordings, book signings, plays, roast battles and do it all in the name of raising money and the general wellbeing here at home.
My plan to give back to the community includes a few unique ideas. The first is that every show The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival produces will be dedicated to raising funds, and awareness for people, issues and organizations with ties to the Berkshires.
I have a lot of big ideas and I am really excited to be kicking this Festival off. But I can't do it alone. The BMCAF is hiring staff, actively seeking volunteers, sponsorship, local comics, local issues and local venues. If you would like to join us please drop us an e mail and let us know how you can fit into our new festival.
We'd Love To Hear From You!
Who Are We?
The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Festival is the collaboration of two childhood friends. David Rice is an accomplished lawyer and litigator who has worked to recover billions of dollars for victims of Bernie Madoff. Kevin Bartini is a comedian who has enjoyed moderate success in TV and radio.
Although raised in Lee, both men live and work in New York City. Drunk and sentimental at a midtown bar, Kevin and David realized that both had a desire to give back to their hometown. As a comedian and a lawyer they were in a unique position to do just that.
"We will create a comedy festival that never ends! Every show a fundraiser! Our de-facto home will be at Shakespeare and Company campus in Lenox and The Spectrum Playhouse in Lee to start. But The Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival is designed to be a big part of the entire region. Our goal is to not only raise funds for local causes but to do it in a way that brings business and tourists to town."
Kevin, as Artistic Director will utilize his connections in the entertainment industry to furnish our festival with unique and hilarious shows. Shows designed to attract attention and bring comedy,TV and pop culture fans to The Berkshires from miles away. David as Chief Operating Officer will do all of the smart guy business stuff.
Both see the Berkshire Mountain Comedy Arts Festival as a reason to come back home more often.