McQueen to perform comedy cabaret at Firefly on Saturday

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LENOX — When you ask Pittsfield native Jesse "McQueen" Adams how life's been recently, he says, "It's been a good stretch."

The comedian/multimedia producer spent the past summer headlining a "Funny or Die" comedy tour and was featured last year in the New York Comedy Festival with Comedy Central at the boutique Ace Hotel New York as "McQueen Live!"

He says he's currently in production for his own show with Comedy Central and Snapchat called "Heads Will Roll" based on a segment from his live show. But before he jets off to film in Los Angeles, Adams is making his annual live appearance at Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co. in Lenox this Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Fringe New York City stand-up comedian, Greg Barris — known for his "Heart of Darkness" show and previously seen in 2016 at Sheffield's Down County Social Club — will join him, with post-show music by local band, The Dredi Council (formerly DREDI).

Adams, who dubs himself on Facebook as "Kinda, Sorta, Weird," calls his new set, "San Pedro." It's characterized as a "hi-fi" experience that includes comedy improvisation, Adams' impressions (everything from the wizard Gandalf to English action icon, Jason Statham), digital music mash ups la Daft Punk and Coldplay, video projections with voiceovers, and more. He mixes it up on equipment that's been sponsored by Moog Music Inc., an Asheville, N.C., electronic musical instruments manufacturer.

Over the years, the McQueen Adams comedy shows have received mixed reviews, from a 2015 Charleston City Paper review that said he "delivers in weirdness" and described how "McQueen excelled in creating awkwardly uncomfortable moments," to a 2016 Post and Courier review that writes, "... McQueen has struck gold by exploring comedy from strange angles, diving across categories as a type of oddball a la Andy Kaufman, Tom Green or Andy Milonakis and into the elusive realm of originality in the process."

Love it or perplexed by it, McQueen Adams keeps pressing on.

Following the Lenox show, "San Pedro" will tour across the country this month, from the Charleston Comedy Festival in South Carolina, to the San Francisco Sketchfest.

No matter where he goes, Adams keeps in touch with his Berkshire roots, regularly collaborating with other artist types. For example, his current promotional photos were done by Berkshire photographer, Eric Korenman, and he tours with a fox mask handcrafted by Berkshire visual and fiber artist, Huckleberry "Huck" Elling. Adams also developed the McQueen concept and an animated web show, "The Fox Show," with Timothy Oakley, a Great Barrington producer and composer who previously drummed with electo-pop outfit, Phantogram.

If you go ...

What: "San Pedro," a live multimedia comedy cabaret featuring Berkshire native, Brooklyn dwelling Jesse "McQueen" Adams, stand-up host Greg Barris and a post-set concert with Western Massachusetts reggae-rock band, The Dredi Council.

When: Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8.

Where: Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co., 71 Church St., Lenox.

Tickets: $10 per person, available at the door. Get ticket info by calling 413-637-2700.

About the comedian and show: mcqueenlive.com, heartofdarknessny.tumblr.com (Greg Barris), dredi.bandcamp.com


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