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New on Tampa Bay stages: Rhett and Link, Steve Martin’s ‘Meteor Shower’

Plus, comedy from Heather McMahan and Colin Mochrie.
Rhett and Link will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday.
Rhett and Link will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday. [ NEIL KREMER & CORY JOHNSON | Straz Center ]
Published Sep. 4, 2019
Updated Sep. 4, 2019

GOOD MYTHICAL EVENING: RHETT AND LINK

If America ever built a Mount Rushmore for 21st century content creators, two of its heads ought to be of Rhett and Link. The former college buddies turned professional engineers are among the most popular personalities on YouTube thanks to an array of hilarious and geeky videos, including their web talk show (and later podcast) Good Mythical Morning. Their uncanny sense of what makes viewers go clicky-click turned them into an award-winning corporate advertising and viral marketing team who starred in the IFC series Rhett and Link: Commerical Kings. They’ve produced books, documentaries, various YouTube shows and too many ads and memorable talk show appearances to name. And in what little spare time they seem to have, they’re also a musical comedy duo. Expect a lot of their original songs, plus a bit of everything else that’s made them such Internet superstars, when they come to town this weekend. $55 and up. 7 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

INSTAGRAM STORY: HEATHER MCMAHAN

Heather McMahan has a name for her first big trip across America: “The Farwell Tour.” Funny, right? But then, you’d expect that if you follow McMahan on Instagram, where she has more than 325,000 followers who love her takes on harried New York life and treating herself on occasion. The actress and comic is reaching household-name status faster than you might expect; she’s already made the leap from Instagram to co-hosting the fourth hour of the Today show this summer. Now she’s coming to Tampa for what may be her first and last time ever (but let’s hope not last). $35 and up. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Straz Center.

On Saturday, Heather McMahan will perform at Tampa's Straz Center.
On Saturday, Heather McMahan will perform at Tampa's Straz Center. [ Straz Center ]

LAUGH YOURSELF TO SLEEP: HYPROV

Would you like to improvise live on stage with the great Whose Line Is It Anyway? comic Colin Mochrie? Who wouldn’t, right? But there’s a catch: You have to be hypnotized first. That’s the concept behind Hyprov, a new show by Mochrie and hypnotist Asad Mecci. Mecci will hypnotize a select number of audience members and whittle down the group until five people remain. Then Mochrie will join them all on stage, and the games will really begin. No two improv shows are ever exactly alike, but the mind reels at what might happen with half the people on stage completely out of their gourds. It would take a mind like Mochrie’s to make sense of it all for an audience. $35.50 and up. 8 p.m. Friday. Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5767. themahaffey.com.

Colin Mochrie will appear with hypnotist Asad Mecci on Friday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater.
Colin Mochrie will appear with hypnotist Asad Mecci on Friday at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. [ HELEN TANSEY | Mahaffey Theater ]

COSMIC EVENT: METEOR SHOWER

We all know that comedian and actor Steve Martin is a wild and crazy guy, but he’s also a witty, prolific writer for stage and screen. The folks at Jobsite Theater certainly think so, as Meteor Shower is the third of Martin’s plays they’ve presented. In this story, two couples hang out during a cosmic event, but something happens over the course of the evening. Expect witty dialogue and interesting characters. Friday through Sept. 29. $29.50. Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center. (813) 229-7827. jobsitetheater.org.

The cast of Steve Martin's "Meter Shower" includes Jamie Jones (Gerald), Jonelle M. Meyer (Corky), Jordan Foote (Norm) and Amy E. Gray (Laura). On Friday, the play will open at the Straz Center in Tampa.
The cast of Steve Martin's "Meter Shower" includes Jamie Jones (Gerald), Jonelle M. Meyer (Corky), Jordan Foote (Norm) and Amy E. Gray (Laura). On Friday, the play will open at the Straz Center in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Pritchard Photography ]