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What’s so funny, Maui?

May 13, 2010
Trisha Smith

While some enjoy “star searching” since Hollywood invaded South Maui as Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston film the comedy, Just Go With It, others realize quality humor is just around the corner in Wailea.

Expose your own brand of humor at “Maui’s original stand-up comedy night” at Tin Can Tuesdays at Mulligan’s On the Blue.

Creative dynamo Shaggy Jenkins of Q103 felt Maui lacked a “scene” in which local comedy could flourish. After comedic compatriot Augie T pestered him for two years to do his own show, an open mic night for aspiring comedians was born in February.

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Get your giggles on. There’s plenty to laugh about these days, including the funky, fresh antics of Maui’s own all-improvisational troupe, The Comedy Hui. Check them out on Friday, June 4, at the McCoy Theater. Visit
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Canadian-born musician/songwriter Murray Thorne begins Tin Can Tuesdays at Mulligan’s at 6:30 p.m., when he performs his album, unplugged, and “cool rock covers.”

Tin Can Comedy jumps off at 9 p.m., with a free pūpū and no cover. The best stand-up wins $50. And now thanks to Tradewinds Appliance, a “joke-off” winner takes home $25 for telling the best joke. Visit

Tin Can Comedy, which acquired its name from Maui performer Thorne’s Tin Can Telephone, welcomes donations for the Maui Food Bank (MFB) each week. Contribute nonperishable food items or cash to MFB, and enjoy drink specials and more.

And “bringing the light of laughter to the islands” is Maui’s own all-improvisational comedy troupe, The Comedy Hui. Trained at the prestigious Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, Amanda Taulere has produced and directed “improv” for over the last decade. This year, she snagged some of Maui’s best players of absurdity for monthly shows of character-based, clean comedy constructed by audience suggestion, similar to Who’s Line Is It Anyway?

These “loony tunes” recently landed a home at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC). The Comedy Hui will act up one Friday evening a month—June 4, July 16 and August 20—at the McCoy Theater. The fun, all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, with discounts available for keiki. A portion of the proceeds benefit Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Maui. Visit

Known for his dry, sarcastic humor, Jim Gaffigan has amused fans nationwide with his “Comedy Central Presents” specials and variant television roles. On Friday, May 21, Gaffigan will give us a dose of humor therapy at the MACC’s Castle Theater at 8 p.m. Visit

The “Maui Celebrity Series” presents “Tom Arnold & Friends” on Saturday, May 29, at 9 p.m. at The Maui Theatre in Lahaina. Vegas crooner Brian Evans has recently reeled in such star power as David Spade and Arnold’s infamous ex, Rosanne Barr, for sold-out shows on Maui. Local comedian Curtis “Chino” LaForge dazzles as the opening act. The Maui Theatre has tickets available starting at $65, or visit

And if you want to see renowned showmen Eric Gilliom and Willie K dressed as a banana and a pineapple, keep a lookout for a zany treat from Maui’s own Barefoot Natives as they film the motion picture comedy, Get A Job. The film is being shot entirely on Maui, and features many of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers. Keep tabs at



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