Mark Vigeant’s ‘The Best Man Show’ – Murderous Matrimonial Merriment For The Masses

By Ernest Kearney – If pushed to describe Mark Vigeant’s overall approach to comedy, I would compare it to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – only much funnier.  There is a fearlessness to Vigeant’s humor that is infectious to watch; akin to hoping the daredevil adds a few additional cars to that span over which he is preparing to soar his Harley, or secretly wishing that the lion tamer places his head within that fanged maw just once more before the jungle king opts for a late-night snack. 

In his brutally funny show The Best Man Show, Vigeant is like that lion tamer, only with his head soaked in Soy Sauce.  Vigeant creates comedy chaos at its chaotic best, and if you’d rather not run the risk of ending up a side dish alongside him, I suggest sitting at the back.


The Best Man Show

Playing During the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2024


The Broadwater (Studio)

1078 Lillian Way

Thursday June 13 2024, 8:00 PM | 1hr

Tuesday June 18 2024, 6:30 PM | 1hr

Saturday June 22 2024, 1:00 PM | 1hr


Ernest Kearney - author

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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at and Follow him on Facebook.

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