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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Monongalia Arts Center Presents Comedy and Music (starring WVW's own Steve Goff)


In anticipation of Morgantown's upcoming first comedy festival, MAC plans to set the comedy table with two stellar nights of comedy and music at its "Hot E'nuff For Ya?" Comedy and Music Cantina on Thursday and Friday nights, August 6 and 7, 8pm, in the Tanner Theater at the Monongalia Arts Center on High Street.

Featured each night will be two of MAC's favorite versatile and veteran performers, comedian Steve Goff and singer, songwriter Jim Savarino.

Comic Steve Goff returns to the Tanner Theater for the first time since his hilariously successful show "Love Stinks (and Other Reality Based Observations)" ran for three sold out nights in April of 2001. Steve wrote, directed and starred in that production which was a wickedly funny combination of one man's view of love, and the world in general; and the hysterical comedy sketch "The Lunatics of Love" that utilized an all star cast of MAC players.

The Morgantown Dominion-Post wrote a rave review of that show calling it "...witty, observant, and highly entertaining; a creative and rollicking good time." (DP, " 'Love Stinks Offers Sweet Laughs"... Rhonda Gillespie, April 2001).

Steve is a native of Clarksburg and a graduate of WVU with a degree in journalism and a masters in public administration. An accomplished character actor, Goff appeared in numerous past MAC productions, including "Foxfire"; Crimes of the Heart"; "The Mousetrap" and "Love, Sex, and the IRS". He has been performing as a stand up comedian since his college days in Morgantown in the late 1970's and has played college campuses, comedy clubs and nightclubs all over the east coast and worked with comedy greats David Brenner and Jeff Foxworthy.

Songwriter Jim Savarino, also a West Virginia native,

came to songwriting from a very unusual path. Jim left home at age 15, joined the Marine Corps at 17, and later became a physicist. He began writing songs and performing in Los Angeles, and now resides in Morgantown, WV. Jim’s influences include Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and John Denver. Jim currently hosts monthly songwriting workshops in Morgantown at MAC.

Jim’s third album, “Sun Dreams” is receiving radio play in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. He has co-written with Kathy Hussey, has songs covered by folk, bluegrass, old-time, country and cowboy artists in the US and Europe. His songs include poetic descriptions of the natural beauty of Appalachia, with a viewpoint of optimism and hope in an increasingly frustrating world.

This well rounded evening of comedy and music is part of MAC's ongoing effort to bring high quality and affordable entertainment to the Morgantown area.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and may be purchased by calling 304-292-3325 or online at