Sunday, December 7, 2014

GUS LYNCH REMEMBERED

Twin Cities comedian dies after fall in Mexico - KMSP-TV

Stunning sad news, Gus Lynch a remarkable comic and a founder of the
Akumal Comedy Festival is gone.

Below are some images from the last 2 festivals of Gus by artists Aggie Kenny and Elizabeth Williams

Gus Lynch performing at the Grateful Dead stage


Gus Lynch performing in Tulum
Gus Lynch at Tiramisu restuarant with Dan Schlissel seated far right

Monday, May 5, 2014

FINAL DAY AT AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL


      LAST DAY OF THE AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ~  7PM  SHOW AT TURTLE BAY CAFE

The show at Turtle Bay was performed with Spanish speaking comedian and local performances. 
some samples below:

Jarana Dancers
The jarana is the typical dance of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The local ladies performed the dance during the Spanish section of the show. 

 
Preparing for the Jarana dance
El Santos and Catrina perform a song and dance performed during the Day of the Dead,                                                                                                         



This festival to celebrate the unity of life and death, is considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and other Latin American countries.


The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern Catrina.

Rojo Perez performed for the local audience in Spanish.  A young boy was captivated with his performance.


At the 10pm show Paul Hooper performed at La Buena Vida, and had the crowd in hysterics. 


Special guest comedian Chad Daniels gave a surprise performance
Kjell Bjogen performed and pointed out his round tummy to the audience

Saturday, May 3, 2014

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL MAY 2nd : GRATEFUL DEAD STAGE and LA BUENA VIDA

8pm show at the Grateful Dead Stage included a Stand Up! Records line up of terrific talent including Mary Mack, Ray Harrington and Adam Quesnell. Special guest star was Rojo Perez. Stand Up! Records producer Dan Schlissel was in attendance as well as Quinn Canady from Comedy 24/7 radio station.

Adam Quesnell hosted the 8pm comedy showa

Rojo Perez at the Grateful Dead Stage

Comedians Mary Mack and Ray Harrington gave an amazing improv comedy performance. A real treat for the audience.







Craig Norton at La Buena Vida


La Buena Vida with host Craig Norton

Headliner Paul Hooper, at la Buena Vida

Friday, May 2, 2014

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL, DAY 3 @ AKUMAL

 8PM SHOW AT THE GRATEFUL DEAD STAGE, AKUMAL
The comedy festival is a huge hit and has raised over 53,000.00 pesos for the local Red Cross
Tommy Ryman headlines at the Grateful Dead Stage

Tommy Ryman at the Grateful Dead Stage

Tim Harmston performs at the Grateful Dead Stage
10 PM SHOW AT LA BUENA VIDA

Adam Quesnell hosts the 10pm show at La Buena Vida to a packed crowd


10
surprise guest comedian Chad Daniels

JT Habersaat

Chris Garcia had the audience in hysterics



Thursday, May 1, 2014

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AT THE WAH WAH BEACH CLUB IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN, APRIL 30th

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL AT THE WAH WAH BEACH CLUB IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Ray Harrington performed to a packed crowd of over 300 people at the Wah Wah Beach Club in the giant palapa, 

Craig Norton a local celebrity and comic hosted the show

Mary Mack a comedian from the US, not only performed her comedy routine but also played the mandolin

Mary Mack and her mandolin

comedians Paul Hooper and Rojo Perez attend to enjoy the performances, they will perform in Akumal this weekend

JT Habersaat from Texas performed while a giant screen projected the performance to the packed crowd.




The Akumal Comedy Festival continues in Akumal tonight at the Grateful Dead stage, performances begin at 7pm.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BEGINS IN TULUM MEXICO

Last night the Akumal Comedy Festival began. The 3rd annual event presented by Stand UP! Records was a hit, with a packed crowd at the Mateo Mexican Grill in Tulum. Gus Lynch, was the host ( and festival organizer) lead a top quality list of excellent comedians, many traveling from far away like the US, and even China to join in the festival. The festival benefits the local Red Cross that is desperately in need of an additional ambulance.
Headliners like Paul Hooper, Ray Harrington, Turner Sparks and Adam Quesnell had the audience laughing and loving the event.
Pictures below by Aggie Kenny and Elizabeth Williams
Host Gus Lynch and Comedy Festival organizer gave a great kick off

Adam Quesnell had the audience laughing with his witty jokes
Rojo Perez from New York City performed to delight the audience

Al Klemick from Boston and now a local gave a great performance
Turner Sparks came all the way from China to delight the audience with his engaging act

Headliner Paul Hooper from New York City was hysterical, and the audience  was howling at his jokes.  

Tonight the Festival moves to Playa Del Carmen, and then on Friday the Festival moves to Akumal for the following 3 days.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

AKUMAL COMEDY FESTIVAL: LA BUENA VIDA

La Buena Vida Restaurant and Bar venue of the Akumal Comedy Festival 






Shows begin at La Buena Vida Thursday night at 10pm in the upstairs room
the 8pm shows start at the Grateful Dead Stage
schedule below:


Thursday - May 1, 2014

SHOW 1 - AKUMAL CENTER - The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage (beside Turtle Bay Bakery)

100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

7pm - Live music with the Honey Chuggers

8pm - Stand Up Comedy

Host: Turner Sparks 
Feature: Tommy Ryman
Headline: Tim Harmston

SHOW 2 - NORTH AKUMAL La Buena Vida Bar and Restaurant - La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

10pm - 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Host: Adam Quesnell
Adam Quesnell
 
Feature: Al Klemick
Feature: JT Habersaat
Headline: Chris Garcia


Friday - May 2, 2014

SHOW 1 - AKUMAL CENTER - The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage (beside Turtle Bay Bakery)

100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

7pm - Live Music with TASHA

8pm - Stand Up Comedy

The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Host: Adam Quesnell
Feature: Ray Harrington
Headline: Mary Mack

SHOW 2 - NORTH AKUMAL La Buena Vida Bar and Restaurant - La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

9pm - Live music with Natalie and the Foxes 

10pm - Stand Up Comedy - 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Host: Craig Norton
Craig Norton
 
Feature: Mike Okeefe
Feature: Gus Lynch
Gus Lynch



Headline: Paul Hooper
Paul Hooper
 

Saturday - May 3, 2014

SHOW 2 - BEST OF THE FEST! - NORTH AKUMAL - La Buena Vida Bar and Restaurant - La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

9pm Live Music with Rio Funk

10pm - Best of the fest show (in English) - 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)

Featuring the best of the Akumal Comedy Festival

Swinging Bar "stools" at La Buena Vida

Saturday, April 26, 2014

AKMUAL COMEDY FESTIVAL BEGINS TUESDAY APRIL 29th

Locations of shows at the festival in pictures below

Schedule of events link

Akumal~La Cancha by Aggie Kenny


Wednesday - April 30, 2014


PLAYA DEL CARMEN - Wah Wah Beach Bar in Playa Del Carmen
7.30pm - 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
Host: Gus Lynch
Feature: Craig Norton
Feature: JT Habersaat
Feature: Mike O'Keefe
Feature: Luke Bugeaud
Feature: Ray Harrington
Headline: Mary Mack

 
Gus Lynch at the Grateful Dead Stage


Grateful Dead Stage by Elizabeth Williams

Thursday - May 1, 2014
SHOW 1 - AKUMAL CENTER - The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage (beside Turtle Bay Bakery)
100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
7pm - Live music with the Honey Chuggers
8pm - Stand Up! Comedy
Host: Turner Sparks 
Feature: Tommy Ryman
Headline: Tim Harmston
Friday - May 2, 2014
SHOW 1 - AKUMAL CENTER - The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage (beside Turtle Bay Bakery)
100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
7pm - Live Music with TASHA
8pm - Stand Up Comedy
The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage
Host: Adam Quesnell
Feature: Ray Harrington
Headline: Mary Mack
Saturday - May 3, 2014
SHOW 1 - AKUMAL CENTER The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage (beside Turtle Bay Bakery)
Closing ceremony y comedia en espanol - 7pm - free show / gratis
Tony Gabriel - Interprete de Juan Gabriel
Jarana Dancers

Comedia en Espanol:

Host: Luke Bugeaud
Feature: Rojo Perez
Headline: Chris Garcia

Beautiful Akumal beaches, by Aggie Kenny