“It feels like my parents are going out of town, and I’m having a party while they are away!”

So said Jason Tardy, who on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, will host the Oddfellow Theater’s signature performance, “The Early Evening Show,” a job Mike Miclon has assumed for the past 10 years,.

The show – a zany mix of Letterman, classic Carson and a splash of “Saturday Night Live – has been a sell-out hit at the Oddfellow Theater in Buckfield for the past decade.

Miclon, who has hosted every show thus far, will be away in India working on a video project to teach women how to care for their newborns. He has left Jason Tardy, longtime co-host and head writer on the show, in charge.

Joining Jason will be his brother and performing partner, Matthew Tardy. The two brothers have been touring their duet juggling show “TWO: High Energy Juggling” for the past 14 years around the United States and abroad, including performances at the White House the last two years. The sibling rivalry and uncanny comedic timing of the brothers is always a highlight on the show.

“We are going to keep the same basic format but I really want to put my own personal stamp on The Evening Show,” Jason said. His and Miclon’s performance styles are similar because Tardy trained with Miclon when he first started performing back in 1994. Shortly after that, he helped build the Oddfellow Theater and create “The Early Evening Show.”

The March show will feature special surprise guests along with Oren Robinson and the Early Evening Show Orchestra.

Featured on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” “The Early Evening Show” offers wild improvisations, hilarious videos, comic sketches and grand finales, and has been performed from Maine to Switzerland.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 336-3306. The Oddfellow Theater is on Route 117 in the center of Buckfield. For more information, check out www.Oddfellow.com.


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