Crackin’ Up with Dr. Kris: Where Therapy Meets Comedy

If you can’t crack up, you’ll crack!

October 9 & December 4, 2022

If laughter is the best medicine, join Dr. Kris and special guests for this one of a kind therapy session meets comedy show experience. Sponsored by weighted blankets and years of therapy. Not a substitute for medical advice.

A portion of the proceeds will be devoted to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and AAKOMA Project.

Signed copies of Dr. Kris’s latest book Worth the Risk: How to Microdose Bravery to Grow Resilience, Connect More, and Offer Yourself to the World will be given to the first 100 audience members!

Sunday October 9th 7pm

Featuring Liam McGurk

Liam McGurk is a Massachusetts-bred comic based in Boston. He is well known throughout New England for his laid back demeanor and cerebral, creative material. Danny Devito being typecast? Workplace heroism? Teaching your son how to become an impressive, respected beefcake of a man? Liam covers all these subjects and more. No issue is too personal or absurd for his brain’s faulty — or is it faultless? — wiring. 

Liam produces the weekly show 8 O’Clock at 7:30 and has performed in Thunderfest and Cape Fear Comedy Festival and Rogue Island comedy Festival. He won Massachusetts Funniest Comedian at Laugh Boston. He was the Comic In Residence in 2018 at The Comedy Studio in Somerville, MA. He is also a favorite of local showcases like The Gas! and The Mendoza Line.

Featuring Rachel Dunbar

Rachel Dunbar is a Boston-based stand up comedian. She has performed in clubs and colleges all over the northeast. She has performed for the online video platform Vimeo. Rachel has performed in several festivals all over the country including the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival, the New York Underground Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival where she was a semi-finalsit. More recently, she was named “Best of the Fest” during the 2022 Burbank Comedy Festival in Los Angeles. When she isn’t performing, Rachel is doing God’s work as a Special Education teacher.

Headliner Shafi Hossain

Shafi Hossain is a comedian and writer currently working out of New York City. He moved to America to study Chemical Engineering before falling in love with standup comedy. Shafi has toured with national headliners and is currently the co-host of the podcast “Culture Clash Comedy Podcast” – a podcast where hosts Shafi and Dan breakdown the history of things through the West and East perspective. He has made his TV appearance on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network’s show Lyft Comics streaming on Peacock. In 2021, he was named one of New York’s Funniest Stand Up by the New York Comedy Festival.@Shafistandsup 

Sunday December 4th show 7pm

With Nate Fillers

Over the years Nate has developed anxiety and OCD but he doesn’t let that slow him down. Instead he uses his anxiety and OCD like a tool to create quirky little one liners that he puts onto note cards. He is excited to share his out of the box thinking with you. Nate is usually one of the funniest comics in the room. Of course, he’s usually alone in his room. @Nate_Fillers_Comedy

Featuring Tooky Kavanagh

With razor sharp wit and a charm once described as “ineffable,” Tooky (rhymes with cookie) Kavanagh speaks her mind with honesty, charisma, and edge. After just a few years on the scene, Tooky has already performed in New York, Denver, and all over New England.

She regularly opens for Myq Kaplan when he visits Boston, has opened for Eugene Mirman, Atsuko Okatsuka, Matteo Lane, Bravo TV star Hannah Berner, performed as part of a Multiple Sclerosis benefit show with Dr. Jonathan Katz, and performed on lineups alongside comedy notables Emma Willmann, Gary Gulman, and Alingon Mitra, to name a few. In March of 2018 and 2019, she was selected to perform on the Comedy Central UP NEXT audition showcase, and in both April 2018 and February 2019, she was selected to audition for the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival. She was selected to be a featured comedian at the 2020 Boston Calling festival (but we all know what happened in 2020), yet had already bounced back in 2021 by opening for a few major national acts, headlining a full weekend at Boston’s legendary Nick’s Comedy stop, and headlining the Ruby Room at the famed Shaskeen Pub.

Her additional stand-up credits include: The 2020 Rogue Island Comedy Festival; December 2018 Comic-In-Residence at The Comedy Studio; The 2017 Women In Comedy Festival; Thunderfest 2017; The 2017 Boston Comedy Festival; Boston Comedy Chicks; The 2017 Boston Comedy Arts Festival; headlining Laughing Liberally Boston; co-producing Token: Rethink What Comedy Can Be at ImprovBoston; featuring at The Producer’s Club in Manhattan, NY; the 2021 JFL New Faces audition at The Stand in Manhattan, NY; and Comic Sit-In at The Riot Theater.

She co-hosts the Loud Women podcast with friend and producer Marissa Emmanuele, hosts The Rehash on 2MBstudios, and co hosts NORM!: The Cheers Podcast on Facebook Live.

As an actor (check out her IMDB, The Boston Globe, and Vanyaland) she is a founding cast member of the indie sketch group Suzzy, co-stars alongside some of Boston’s finest comedians in Salesmen (available now on Prime Video), was a regular cast member of the “Redo Crew” for Starstruck: Close Encounters of the Awkward Kind, starred as The Humbled Hobo in a 48 Hour Film Project film, is a featured character in the short film Woman Unknown, and was a recurring character in the web series, Paid For By.

She can be seen regularly at Boston-based institutions such as The Comedy Studio, ImprovBoston, and Laugh Boston. Also, she’s the one who described her own charm as “ineffable,” but it’s still true!


Headliner Emily Ruskowski

Emily Ruskowski is a staple on the Boston stand up scene. She has been featured in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She was a finalist in the 2018 Boston Comedy Festival. She has been featured on LaughsTV.

In 2015, she was named one of the Comedy Studio’s Comics in Residence and opened for Maria Bamford a the Wilbur. @EmilyRuskowski