Act II Playhouse names Michael Donovan comedy producer

Act II Playhouse announced that Michel donovan was officially named the theater’s in-house comedy producer. Donovan’s first public appearance in his role will be during Act II’s upcoming Stand-Up Comedy Night on August 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Donovan will host the event and actor Dennis Horan will headline it.

Donovan has independently hosted and produced the theater’s popular stand-up comedy nights for the past two years. The Norristown resident also hosts the Adult Theater Stand-Up Comedy Workshop.

“Mike Donovan is a comedic class act – a ‘standing up’ guy in more ways than one,” Act II art director Tony Braithwaite said. “He’s loved and trusted in Philly comedy circles, and has also been a valuable asset to Act II Playhouse for a few years. I’m delighted he’s joining the Act II family more officially now.”

The August 23 show will also feature Billy Chiang. Emilie Cohen, a former workshop alumnus, will do a five-minute guest spot.

Act II Stand-Up Comedy Nightare tickets $ 20. Tickets are available online at, by calling the Act II ticket office at (215) 654-0200, or in person at 56 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler. Discounts are available for subscribers, students, groups of 10 or more, and seniors (65+).

Donovan started stand-up in 1995 at the age of 14. He quickly became a regular Philadelphia-area opening actor at various comedy clubs and private events. Throughout his teenage years, he appeared on the WIP Morning Show several times as “Kid Comic” and “Teen Correspondent,” giving Angelo Cataldi and the company a teenager’s take on current events, still looking for a way to make sex part of the conversation. .

At 17, he met his hero, George Carlin, after an appearance in Atlantic City in 1998. Carlin and Donovan began a correspondence that would last several years. At their first meeting, Carlin reviewed Donovan’s act and offered his comments. When Donovan asked him to provide a letter of recommendation from college (because his grades were so bad), Carlin agreed. La Salle University had never seen anything like it and admitted the struggling student. He continues to perform occasionally these days, but his main focus is on producing shows and developing new talent.

Donovan joined the Act II family in 2012, producing the first stand-up comedy weekend. It was the first of what turned out to be a series of successful evenings for the theater. Later in 2013, he helped expand the educational offering of Act II by leading the stand-up comedy workshop, which is now entering its third year. By day, Michael works in operations and development at Melmark, a human services agency that serves people with intellectual disabilities. He is a proud graduate of La Salle University and Saint-Joseph Preparatory School. He lives in Norristown with his wife, Stacy-Ann, and his most beautiful son, Patrick.

“Act II Playhouse is Ambler’s crown jewel and one of the best entertainment options in the Metro Philadelphia area. Its variety of shows offers something for everyone. I am delighted to be associated with one. such and such a place. It has enriched my life considerably. “

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