Following the same geographic and comic trajectory as his 2005 Wild West Comedy Road Show (which was the subject of a 2008 documentary of the same name), Vaughn provides another opportunity for audiences to see that he is a solo writer and performer in his own right, and not dependent on Jon Favreau, Owen Wilson, or other onscreen partners to mine laughs. He also makes use of his marquee value to pave the way for comedians who might otherwise never have a chance to play rooms larger than bars and comedy clubs.
The three potential household names joining Vaughn this time around are:
Owen Benjamin, star of MTV's Punk'd and the web-only video series Gaytown. A native of Oswego, NY, Benjamin is a regular correspondent to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. He has had small but memorable roles in movies such as Vaughn's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry as well as The House Bunny.
Nick Swardson, who like Vaughn hails from Minnesota, is probably best known to audiences as the rollerskating prostitute Terry Bernedino in Reno 911! Swardson also appeared in Chuck and Larry and The House Bunny, and has had supporting roles in nearly 20 other films, including Art School Confidential, Blades of Glory, and Almost Famous. Another great source of pride must be his Comedy Central special, which answers the age-old question, Seriously, Who Farted?
Steve Byrne, whose origins can be traced back to Pittsburgh, has made himself most recently apparent to audiences with this year's one-hour comedy special Steve Byrne: The Byrne Identity. Though he has yet to appear in any films with the star and orchestrator of this cross-country show, Byrne did cause nuptial mayhem in the spin-off hidden camera prank series The Real Wedding Crashers. In addition to spending years in the trenches of comedy clubs across the land, Byrne logged standup miles on almost every major late night talk show, utilizing both his Irish and Korean bloodlines with equal lack of sensitivity.
For tickets and more information on the event, visit the State Theatre's website.