“The Santaland Diaries” by award winning author David Sedaris will be performed by Jason Schommer, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 – 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Great River Arts Center in historic downtown Little Falls.
“The Santaland Diaries” tells the true tale of an outof-work actor in New York who is forced to take a job as an elf at Macy’s holiday display, Santaland. In this comedy, the audience is taken on a wild ride through the holiday madness and comic mayhem.
The play’s central character, David, recounts the holiday high jinks of being a $7 an hour elf. From the hysterical interview for the job and through the long lines of surly parents, greedy children and drunken Santas, nothing is off limits in this comedy that has been playing to sold-out audiences in cities around America.
This is a hilarious holiday offering for those looking for something a little different than the typical seasonal fare such as “A Christmas Carol” or “White Christmas.” “The Santaland Diaries” is presented by special arrangement by Dramatists Play Service Inc.
Schommer, recently named “What’s Hot For 2013” by Campus Activities Magazine, is a Little Falls native and standup comedian who has spent the past two years as the opening act for Louie Anderson in Las Vegas, Nev.
Anderson said, “Jason is funny, clever, smart and on his way to the big time. Laugh-until-you-cry stories combine with playful one liners covering a wide array of topics ranging from the daily struggles of life to his loveable, yet kooky, Minnesotan family.”
Schommer’s unique comedy style ranges from observational humor based on his life, the world and commentary of pop culture recounting hysterical true encounters with celebrities such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton (to name a few). Kathy Griffin even gave Schommer a shout out during her show.
Schommer began his adventures in standup comedy while working for The Rosie O’Donnell Show in New York City. The show’s writers thought he was funny, so they signed him up to perform at the New York Comedy Club. Since then, Schommer has quickly become an audience favorite at shows all over with rave reviews and a rapidly growing fan base.
He has directed such shows locally as “Grease,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Evita” among many others.