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Vail Laughs Clean Comedy Show

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Vail Theatre of the Arts

is proud to present

Vail Laughs Clean Comedy Show

Saturday, November 12, 2016

7:00 pm


Vail Laughs Clean Comedy Show


Monté Benjamin, Sidney Smith, Chad Thibodeaux, Amber Frame  

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Vail Laughs

Introducing Vail Laughs
Vail Laughs is based on one simple idea:
Clean comedy for a good price.
Entertainment standards have definitely shifted over the years. As the world keeps moving faster, it takes more energy to get our attention in the noise. Unfortunately, much of our entertainment uses shock value and other cheap antics to get it. It’s almost a celebration of being rude and insulting, bringing the audience down right along with the entertainers.
But life is funny enough without having to be vulgar!
Think about this:
We drive to the gym so we can walk on a treadmill. We carry these high tech devices in our pockets, the knowledge of all the world at our fingertips and we use them to send each other videos of screaming goats. Or the irony of reaching adulthood and discovering our parents actually had a point about naps.
What a strange bunch of creatures we are!
Our award winning comedians are as committed to this ideal as we are, bringing you quality entertainment month after month and leaving behind all the vulgarity and cheap antics.  Quite simply, it’s high quality entertainment you can bring your entire family to. The most important decision you have for the evening is whether to leave the kids or the babysitter at home.


Monte Benjamin

Monté Benjamin is one of the finest local comedians we’ve ever worked with and we are beyond excited he’s coming to help us open up Vail Laughs with a bang! Originally hailing from Miami, FL, he now calls Tucson home after his 20+ years of doing stand up all over the country.   A member of our Clean Comedy Lovers Meetup, he’s helped us at our original venue many times and now it’s his turn to headline the show.   

Sidney Smith

Sidney Smith is our Feature Act.  He is a talented, high-energy professional comedian, whose approach to comedy is very simple: “We all are dysfunctional in one way or another and there’s nothing wrong with laughing at ourselves. True comedy allows us to absorb and take advantage of life’s teachable moments in a humorous fashion.” This is the refreshing perspective that Sidney Smith brings to the stage with every performance.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sidney’s comedy is “true comedy” indeed. It is a hilarious reflection of his life experiences, from his childhood growing up as the “only black kid in a white neighborhood” to the everyday challenges of adulthood that we all face in a world that has seemingly gone mad.

Whether he’s poking fun at parenting, relationships or social interaction, Sidney’s intuitive style has a unique way of bringing our daily struggles to light in a comical way that everyone can relate to. No matter the audience, Sidney’s humor resonates with everyone. As he says, “Comedy should bring everyone in the room under the same umbrella of commonality and comfortability.”

Chad Thibodeaux

Chad Thibodeaux  will rock the house and the community of Vail will never be the same after listening to Pastor Thibodeaux render a sermon no congregation has ever heard on any Sunday Morning.   You have to come to Vail Laughs on a Saturday night for this kind of raucous hilarity.  We found Chad at his very first comedy performance and knew we wanted his talent to grace our stage and have us soaked in our seats with laughter about ………. and the difficulties of discipline.

Chad is the founder of SHAPE Education– an organization that helps kids Be Active For Life.  His company assists Private, Parochial, and Charter Schools with Before and After School Programming, Physical Education, and Summer Day Camps. Over the years they have implemented the SHAPE strategy in over 100,000 kids.  Through this organization Chad hosted the Kids and Sports Radio Show on Fox Sports for 13 years.

Amber Frame

Amber Frame: What a charm this will be with Ambers’ take about how all advertising is based on fear, and that people on health food diets sound like they’re talking about drugs.  Everybody understands Amber’s sense of humor and will laugh with delight as she describes some of your friends to a T.

Born in Tucson but raised on the east coast, Amber grew up amongst the sprawling horse farms, strip mall diners, and angry sports fans of the Philadelphia area.  She spent her twenties as a starving artist in Boston before a desire to be closer to family not to mention Boston’s rising real estate prices… drove her back to her native desert lands in 2014.

Her self-deprecating comedy pokes fun at her own “hipster” sensibilities, the culture shock of an east-coaster living in Arizona, and the joys and pitfalls of starting over in your thirties.  Performing at the all-female showcase ‘Estrogen Hour’ at Laffs Comedy Café, and ‘Comedy at the Wench’ on Tucson’s 4th Avenue, has made Amber a household name (at least in her own house.)


Advance Tickets Available at

Tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the show: Individuals $10, Families $30

For information call Richard at 879-3925.

Note: The Vail Theatre of the Arts is located on the southeast side of Tucson, 2 miles north of I-10 and 2 miles south of Valencia, about 1/2 mile east of Houghton on Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Turn at the entrance to Empire High School. If you haven’t been to the theatre before, we strongly suggest visiting our location page .


R Carlos Nakai Quartet

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Vail Theatre of the Arts

is proud to present

R Carlos Nakai Quartet

Saturday, November 19, 2016

7:00 pm


R. Carlos Nakai Quartet 

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 7:00 pm


Mixing original compositions with inspired improvisations, RCNQ features R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flutes, concert flute, trumpet and voice; Will Clipman on drums, pan-global percussion and voice; AmoChip Dabney on saxophones, keyboards and voice; and Johnny Walker on bass and voice. The music of RCNQ spans the sonic spectrum from quietly contemplative to highly combustible and from soothingly meditative to irresistibly danceable, always delivered with an impeccable blend of rhythm, melody and harmony and a positive vibration.  


R. Carlos Nakai (Native American Flutes)

R Carlos Nakai

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. His first album, Changes, was released by Canyon Records in 1983 and he has released 40 albums with Canyon plus additional albums and guest appearances on other labels. He has performed with over 30 symphony and chamber orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nakai has also sought opportunities for cross-cultural collaborations with  the Wind Travelin’ Band, a traditional Japanese ensemble from Kyoto,Tibetan flutist and chanter Nawang Khechog, and Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Keola Beamer. Nakai has received two RIAA-certified Gold Records (500,000 units sold) for Earth Spirit and Canyon Trilogy and a RIAA-certified Platinum Record (1,000,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy.  He has sold over 4.25 million albums for Canyon Records. He has earned 11 Grammy® nominations in three categories. He has been awarded the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award and  been inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. Nakai also authored a book, The Art of the Native American Flute, a guide to performing the traditional flute.

AmoChip Dabney (saxophones, keyboards, guitar)
AmoChip Dabney
AmoChip Dabney has developed a mastery of many styles in his 50+ years of performing. Of African, Native American, and European descent, Amo (Ah-moe) has not only sought to understand those cultures, he uses this knowledge in performance and improvisation. He studied saxophone, bass, piano, and composition at the Newark School for the Performing Arts. He has collaborated with Sun Ra and his Omniverse Arkestra, O.J. Ekemode and The Nigerian Allstars, Zydeco’s Queen Ida, Jean Carn, New Orleans percussionist-singer and Grammy® winner Cyril Neville of the Neville Bros. Band, Steven Stills, Blues Giant Katie Webster, Harvey Brooks (bassist with Miles Davis and Seals & Crofts), Mardi Gras Indian Monk Boudreaux, Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, and many others. Dabney has appeared on more than 70 albums and has earned two Grammy® nominations.


Johnny Walker (bass)
Johnny Walker
Johnny Walker began playing bass professionally at the age of 15. As an Ohio native, he was indoctrinated in the deep funky grooves of the region including The Ohio Players, Slave, Sunn, Zapp, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Lakeside, Midnight Starr, and others. After service in the Air Force as a linguist, Walker attended the Berklee College of Music where he studied music theory, explored other music genres, and refined his bass technique. Walker has played on diverse projects ranging from jazz, fusion, R&B to rock and country and played for several years with Las Vegas’ best musicians at the Bellagio Hotel. He plays with world-renowned jazz guitarist Steve Laury and The Steve Laury Project as well as with Native American Grammy® nominee Radmilla Cody. Walker has remained active with various national and international freelance projects and performs regularly with Tucson’s top bands.

Will Clipman (drums and ethnic percussion)
Will Clipman

Will Clipman began playing his father’s drums and his mother’s piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at 14, and in the course of his multi-decade career has mastered a pan-global palette of over 100 percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. Clipman has received seven Grammy® nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. Clipman has recorded over 60 albums, including more than 30 for Canyon Records. An original member of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Clipman has performed and recorded with Canyon label mate R. Carlos Nakai for a quarter-century through many iterations of the Nakai oeuvre. He has performed and recorded with other internationally-acclaimed artists and ensembles. He has toured throughout the United States as well as Canada, Germany, Morocco and Russia. His solo Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm.


Advance Tickets: Orchestra section $22, Mezzanine section $17 (all fees included).

If not sold out, we will have tickets at the door: Orchestra section $25, Mezzanine section $20, cash or check only.

Handicap seating is available. Please call Richard at 879-3925 for information.

Note: The Vail Theatre of the Arts is located on the southeast side of Tucson, 2 miles north of I-10 and 2 miles south of Valencia, about 1/2 mile east of Houghton on Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Turn at the entrance to Empire High School. If you haven’t been to the theatre before, we strongly suggest visiting our location page .

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