Mars v. Venus touching down on Cedar Rapids stage

Theatrical comedy appears to be like at variations between males, ladies in relationships

Amadeo Fusca combines his stand-up comedy and acting chops in "Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus Live!" Based on the best-selling book -- with lots of updated twists -- the one-man show is coming to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids on March 8, 2024. (Damiano Fusca)

Amadeo Fusca combines his stand-up comedy and appearing chops in “Males Are From Mars Girls Are From Venus Reside!” Primarily based on the bestselling e-book — with a lot of up to date twists — the one-man present is coming to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids on March 8, 2024. (Damiano Fusca)

Amadeo Fusca is a continuous ball of power whereas delivering the theatrical comedy of “Males Are From Mars Girls Are From Venus Reside!” touchdown March 8, 2024, on the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids.

“I’m like a cartoon character onstage,” Fusca, 38, mentioned whereas calling from Pittsburgh. “I play a number of characters and simply have as a lot enjoyable as doable with the fabric.”

The lighthearted comedy is impressed by John Grey’s New York Instances bestselling e-book. Fusca is the point of interest as he veers from scene to scene because the manufacturing jumps from courting to marriage to intercourse.

For those who Go

What: “Males Are From Mars Girls Are From Venus Reside!”

The place: Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

When: 7:30 p.m. March 8, 2024

Tickets: $55;

Present’s web site:

“This present resonates so nicely with {couples},” he mentioned. “It’s simple to narrate to. Each present, the viewers is so responsive. … I can see from the appears to be like on their faces that most of the individuals have skilled what’s being introduced. The tales I’m a part of onstage are excellent for date night time. It’s a lot enjoyable for me watching the {couples} nudge one another and look and giggle at one another.

“This can be a night time for {couples} to let free and crack up.”

Amadeo Fusca, solo performer, "Men Are From Mars Women Are From Venus Live!" (Robert Mannis )

Amadeo Fusca, solo performer, “Males Are From Mars Girls Are From Venus Reside!” (Robert Mannis )

Fusca is a charismatic entertainer who excels as a comic-actor. Primarily based in Los Angeles, he portrays Fortunate Luciano within the Barry Levinson movie “Smart Guys” and appeared on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Lifetime’s “Vacation Courting Information.”

In 2013, Fusca gained the Friars Membership’s “So You Suppose You Can Roast” contest, beating out 55 stand-up comedians for the chance to roast youngster star Ricky Schroeder and NBA icon Dennis Rodman.

“I had such a good time with the roast,” Fusca mentioned. “However I at all times loved watching the roasts through the years. I approached from the vantage level of an actor. I by no means chased stand-up. I determine as an actor.”

Fusca famous that the roast expertise and his facet gig as a New York Metropolis tour information helped him put together for his function within the “Mars-Venus” solo present.

“Doing the excursions helped me join with individuals,” he mentioned. “That was a useful expertise.”

For 2 hours, the amiable Fusca delivers humorous anecdotes about his personal relationships whereas rendering recommendation from Grey’s common e-book. Fusca is self-deprecating and intelligent. He slips in native references and is adept at ad-libbing.

“I realized lots whereas I used to be in Upright Residents Brigade, which led me to improv and sketch comedy,” he mentioned. “All the pieces I’ve performed has ready me for appearing roles and this present, which is a blast to do.”

Fusca is a jack of all comedy trades and is at his finest delivering bodily comedy. His motion when detailing the evolution of sexual exercise in long run relationships is laugh-out-loud humorous. It’s simple to see why a comic, who’s a talented thespian is right for such a job. A performer who’s primarily a comic book won’t be capable of pull off bits that require subtlety. Fusca slips in up to date humor that isn’t a part of Grey’s e-book, printed in 1992.

“Clearly a lot has modified since then,” Fusca mentioned.

The e-book hit cabinets when few had cellphones and the web was not a part of the lexicon but.

“However relationships weren’t completely different then,” Fusca mentioned. “Whenever you get all the way down to what’s most necessary in our lives, issues stay the identical. What was humorous then about relationships remains to be humorous.”

The present is a piece in progress for Fusca.

“I’m consistently enhancing myself and in search of the suitable buzzwords,” he mentioned. “I’m at all times seeking to join and ship that further wave of laughter. What I like most is the gang’s response. I adore it once they seize onto one thing I say or do and simply giggle at this relationship humor.


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