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Things to Do Planner: Bill Engvall, Moon City puppet show, Princess Bride at Tampa Pitcher Show



FUNNY BUSINESS: Bill Engvall, JB SMoove, Drew Lynch

For comedy lovers, this weekend brings some fan favorites.

Bill Engvall, one of the most popular Blue Collar Comedy tour guys, is also an actor and writer whose genial style made him one of the top comedians in the country. He performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $50.50-$63.40. rutheckerdhall.com.

JB Smoove may be best known as Leon Black on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, but the veteran comic won a Writer's Guild award for his work on Saturday Night Live. He was cast alongside David Spade in The Kicker, a CBS comedy pilot from Tina Fey's production company. Smoove performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $39-$49. mypalladium.org.

A first runner up on Season 10 of America's Got Talent, Drew Lynch stood out as comedian with a stutter. He became a stand-up to bring comedic life to the social hardships he encountered when a sports accident left him with newly formed speech impediment. He also has a funny bit about being the voice of a GPS system. He performs at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Thursday through Saturday. $20. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com.

TINY VISIONARY: Moon City

A Tim Burton-style puppet show called Moon City is coming to the Studio@620. It's about the creation of a theme park in a swamp (sound familiar?). Using moonlit puppets, live projection technology animation and an amusement park as a set, the show follows one man's dream to build a fantasy land. The creators say it "explores the underbelly of childhood nostalgia with the disappointed eyeballs of adulthood," so it's not a kiddie show. It comes from Miniature Curiosa, a Pittsburgh-based theater troupe that creates Vaudevillian style "puppet spectacles" that tour the United States. $10-$15 at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. (727) 895-6620. thestudioat620.org.

PRINCESS BRIDE: Shadowcast plays along

The cast of Crazy Random Happenstance, the eclectic shadowcast and acting troupe, perform along to movies in front of a screen. This week the troupe takes on the oh-so-quotable Princess Bride at 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Tampa Pitcher Show. Inconceivable! You can see a real sword fight when Mandy Patinkin warns, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." There will be audience participation scripts available with suggestions of things to do and say throughout the show, giving the love story of Buttercup and Wesley a Rocky Horror dimension. Admission is $10, with a one-item purchase minimum. 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 963-0578. tampapitchershow.net.

Things to Do Planner: Bill Engvall, Moon City puppet show, Princess Bride at Tampa Pitcher Show 03/23/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:40am]
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