Arts and Entertainment

A new sketch comedy troupe offers up stories, songs and laugh

A new island comedy ensemble, the Vashon Hysterical Society, will present an afternoon of sketch comedy and original songs at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Theatre.

Veteran actor Paul Shapiro, a professional clown and founder of Vashon’s Shakespeare in the Park program, has directed the show.

Cast members and musicians onstage will include Shapiro, Jeanne Dougherty, Jon Whalen, Bill Wood, Lyn McManus, Adrienne Selvy Mildon, Dianne Krouse, Ellen Parker, Christine Goehring, Stephanie Murray, Marshall Murray, Lisa Breen, Michael Barker and Michael Shook.

Audience members can expect a funny, fast-paced show that covers a lot of comedic and musical ground.

Musical guest performers that afternoon will be Cami and Erik Lundeen and The Twisted Sisters, and spoken word guests Jeff and Cindy Hoyt will tell the story of how they came to live on Vashon.

Writers for the show are Shapiro, Susan McCabe, Jon Whalen and Richard Rogers.

It’s the second time the group has presented a show on Vashon. A few months ago the ensemble presented an afternoon of comedy called “The Plan V Show.”

“We really enjoy putting these shows together,” said cast member Jeanne Dougherty. “They fill a creative niche in our lives, and the community really likes the home-grown variety show format.”

Tickets to the show, $10, are available at the Vashon Theatre, Vashon Bookshop and For more information, visit


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