It’s been a long year. After a one-year hiatus, the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center reopened its doors on Thursday, April 22, for a comedy show. The Date Night Comedy Series is back.
Guests were socially distanced, some donning facial masks and all the tables were occupied.
The evening’s headliner was Barry Neal, the “counselor of love.”
Neal shared stories on stage about his wife and engaged with audience members. His set was clean and family-friendly, with adult overtones. According to the laughter, he had the audience in stitches during his performance.
“It’s been a year since we’ve been on stage and I can’t say how great it is,” said Neal in an interview following the show.
Featured comedienne Debbie Praver was also a fan favorite. Her lineup was slightly more risque but was well received.
After the show, Praver said, “It was a huge surprise that this was such a great place (of the YPAC). The sound was so good and the set-up was good.”
Praver also noted how nervous she was to perform on stage after being away for a year.
“I was super nervous but it’s like riding a bike,” said Praver.
Master of Ceremonies duo, the Tothero Twins, also said they were pleased with the show.
“It was an awesome night,” said Beaumont resident Tyler Collins. “Barry was my favorite ... he is a great comedian. Can’t wait to return.”
Yucaipa resident Ben Hammerstrom attended the show and he concurred.
“It’s refreshing to see people out and about and not worrying about what’s going on,” said Hammerstrom. “The last guy, Barry, was the best.”
The YPAC can be rented as a venue and it will hold more events in the upcoming months.
The next Date Night Comedy Series will be held July 22. For more information, contact the YPAC box office at 12062 California St., Yucaipa, or call 1-909- 500-7714.