Reviews

Don’t Tell Mama Comedy ****1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

May 29, 2019: The May 24th performance of Don’t Tell Mama Comedy was a mixture of music and merriment. The hosts were the Rigano Brothers, who draw their inspiration from the days of Vaudeville.  With Paul at the piano and David cracking the jokes and singing the songs, they’re happily in tune but off-color.

Paul Rigano of The Rigano Songbook at the piano with Christina Bianco

By: Paulanne Simmons

May 29, 2019: The May 24th performance of Don’t Tell Mama Comedy was a mixture of music and merriment. The hosts were the Rigano Brothers, who draw their inspiration from the days of Vaudeville.  With Paul at the piano and David cracking the jokes and singing the songs, they’re happily in tune but off-color.

Comic John Campanelli made gentle fun of his mother’s misadventures with a smart phone (I, for one, felt for her) and his own adventures as a straight man in a gay bar, where thankfully, the DJs just play the music and don’t talk.

Ross Flores, bearded and somewhat mournful, claimed his ever-present anxiety is a result of being half-Jewish. Undoubtedly being in the entertainment business has not eased the pain. His account of auditioning for musical theater (Plan A or B?) was funny, if not exactly comforting for aspiring thespians.

The lineup continued with Christina Bianco, a self-proclaimed diva addicted to sequins and false eyelashes. Perhaps it’s her diva hang-up that helps her with her pitch perfect imitations of divas old and new, from Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minelli to Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Bianco’s talents were in full bloom when she demonstrated how “Shallow,” Lady Gaga’s song for the new A Star Is Born would be sung by two divas who have previously played the film’s lead: Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.

The show ended with Jay Jurden, a black man who claimed he’s the “diversity part of the show.” He’s also a proud bisexual man who says he was once straight, until he learned better.

Don’t tell mama about this Friday night comedy show; tell everyone.

Don’t Tell Mama
343 West 46 Street
212 757-0788