Joe Deuce Headlines Pioneer Playhouse’s Comedy Weekend!

Joe Deuce, a rising star in the world of stand-up comedy, will headline Pioneer Playhouse’s 2021 Comedy Weekend happening on August 13 and 14 on the historic stage in Danville.

“Joe is a Playhouse favorite,” says Robby Henson, artistic director of the theatre his father, Eben C. Henson, founded in 1950. “He’s worked with us both as an actor and as a comedian, opening for big names like Etta May and Lee Cruse. We know Joe is funny; we believe in him, and so we’re thrilled he’s headlining this year.”

“We’ve been hosting a comedy weekend for about fifteen years now,” adds Heather Henson, sister to Robby, and managing director. “It always comes after the final play of the season, and it brings in some Playhouse regulars, but also a slightly different crowd, people who enjoy the stand-up comedy scene.”

Zach Wycuff

Along with Joe Deuce, there will be three other comics performing. Zach Wycuff, who was named the “Funniest Person in Cincinnati;” Sean Smith, who often performs at the Comedy Caravan in Louisville; and David Williams, who has performed on the Playhouse stage with Lee Cruse’s Comedy All-Stars.

Sean Smith

“It’s a terrific line-up of comics,” says Heather. “Pioneer Playhouse is definitely the place to be if you want to laugh.”

David Williams

Pioneer Playhouse’s annual comedy weekend will run August 13 and 14. An optional BBQ dinner is available at 7:00 pm before the 8:30 pm show. A bar serving wine, beer, and spirits will be open to those 21 years and older. Tickets are $20 for show only; $35 for dinner and show.

The Joe Deuce and Friends Comedy Show isn’t the only thing happening at Pioneer Playhouse that weekend. There will also be a special vintage photo exhibit on display. Cuttin’ Up: From Barber Shop to Stage will celebrate in images and words, the importance of the barbershop in African-American history and culture as a gathering place for stories, community and entertainment.

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Festival goers view old black and white photos in a display during the Soul of 2nd Street in 2018.

“We are working with Michael Hughes and the Danville/Boyle County African-American Historical Society on putting this together,” says Robby Henson. “With a grant from the Kentucky Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we’re able to host the exhibit here at the Playhouse, but we’ll also be able to work with Michael on presenting a larger exhibit of photos at the annual Soul of Second Street Festival to be held on September 18 at Constitution Square in Danville.”

“Come on out for the comics,” adds Heather. “But also for this important and interesting slice of history.”

Pioneer Playhouse, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, is located at 840 Stanford Road in Danville, Kentucky. Tickets and more information can be found at or by calling the box office at 859-236-2747.

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