Comedy is something that this world could use a lot more of. What better way to spend your time than by spending it laughing and enjoying life? Well, Megan Hayes and Trent Ward are teaming up to bring you one heck of comedy act with their, “Clam Bake Weenie Roast.”
We spoke with Hayes and Ward and got the low down on this exceptional show of laughs.
BR: Can you tell our readers about the "Clam Bake Weenie Roast?"
MEGAN HAYES: It's a live variety comedy show full of irreverence and silliness. And of course, clams and weenies!
TRENT WARD: Clam Bake Weenie Roast is a live comedy stage show with an edgy and satirical mix of live sketch and comedy film shorts. The theme centers around summer and the L.A. culture, with parodies of blockbuster movies, high-pressure dating rituals and pretentious attitudes.
BR: Where did the idea come from?
MH: I love working with Trent. We have a similar sense of humor. And sketch comedy is one of my favorite forms. When I met Trent, he told me about his live shows. So, I bugged him to do one with me. A fun summer one!
TW: I have been doing live sketch shows for a few years, but hadn't put one up in a while. I met Megan last year and we shot a few shorts together. She wanted to revive the stage stuff, so I ramped things back up again. Megan suggested a summer beach party theme, so here we are.
BR: What, in your opinion, goes into creating a truly good comedy show?
TW: Timing, timing, timing. It has to start out with a solid bit to get the audience going and build to a climax. I try to avoid any lulls in pacing or laughs. You don't want to ever lose them, because it takes a while to get them back. Every crowd is different though, so I put the tried and true material in key spots to ensure the laughs keep coming.
MH: Timing for sure is key! And I'm also a firm believer in playing the reality of the stakes. Gene Wilder was so great at this. Playing the truth of any given situation or any character is always what makes the magic happen.
BR: Who are some of your biggest influences?
MH: Definitely Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner, SNL, Steve Martin and Mel Brooks to name a few.
TW: My biggest influences are George Carlin, Benny Hill, Carol Burnett, Carson, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Keenan Ivory Wayans and, of course, SNL, which has carried the sketch comedy torch for 40 years.
BR: Where can our readers keep up with you?
MH: You can follow us @megatrentcomedy on all the social media channels. And you can catch me in “Max Steel” on the big screen! You can also find out more at www.meganhayes.net
TW: Check out www.MegaTrent.com, as well as my YouTube Channel, “Trent Ward.”