Laughing Matters

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Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today.

Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, Tony Hendricks, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret. Subscribe and see Laughing Matters plus two more Cabaret shows for as little as $49!

Post-show discussions inspired by themes raised in Laughing Matters will take place Thursdays from 2/24/22 - 6/9/22 in FST's Court Cabaret.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: As of September 26, 2021, FST, along with the major arts organizations of Sarasota, is requiring proof of a recent negative COVID test along with a valid ID for entry. If preferred, patrons may volunteer proof of vaccination as an alternative to testing. Masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status except when actively eating or drinking during pre-show dining. For a full list of safety protocols to help you prepare for your trip to the theatre, click here. #SafeArtsSarasota


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Director | Richard Hopkins
Music Director | Minhui Lee
Choreographer | Ben Liebert
Scenic Design | Bruce Price
Costume Design | Susan Angermann 
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Design | Thom Korp 


Jenna Cormey
Nick Anastasia
Richie McCall
William Selby
Pianist | Jim Prosser

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BROADWAYWORLD  I  Janaury 21, 2022  I  New Sketch Comedy Revue Laughing Matters Roasts Today's Culture and Current Events at FST

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (From 2016 production)
“Gets audiences laughing”
“Sharp, clever”
“The right mix of gentle ribbing and more potent skewering”

The Observer (From 2016 production)
“A grab bag of humor”
“A fun evening”
“Performers are consistently funny”
“No shortage of comic material”
“This 21st century comedy swings to the tune of a 20th century soundtrack”

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Did you know that popular satire has been around since the 16th century? Read this article outlining its brief history over the past five centuries. | READ 

In this sketch from 2011’s Laughing Matters, a gentleman is very protective of his “luggage” during a pat down by the TSA. | WATCH

Broadway Direct put together a roundup of the Best Broadway parody videos, featuring everyone from Broadway actors to SNL stars to late-night hosts. Enjoy these videos as they celebrate the quirks and comedy of Broadway. | WATCH


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There are plenty of parking options available when you visit Florida Studio Theatre, including two adjacent parking lots and three nearby parking garages, plus on-street parking.

Watch the video below to find a convenient place to park while you enjoy the theatre.

Getting Here:

FST's Court Cabaret is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

Handicap Drop Off:

FST's Court Cabaret: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at 941.366.9000.

Campus Parking Map