Pat Hazell takes the stage at the SPI Convention Center on September 18 and 19, 2017, to perform his one-man show, The Wonder Bread Years, a fresh and funny salute to Americana. The Wonder Bread Years is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country have enjoyed this show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves them laughing at stories about the years before technology changed the world.
Hazell describes the show as “slice of life humor” that he says require a delicate recipe to achieve the proper harmony between comedy and nostalgia. He believes that we, as a community, share more in common than we have differences. With this show, he salutes the common denominators of humanity.
Showtime once declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater.
Pat Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a veteran of The Tonight Show, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to nostalgia.
As a playwright, Pat’s first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, was optioned by Columbia Pictures, then gained the attention of the TV industry and was filmed as the sitcom, American Pie, for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, The Wonder Bread Years, a grand salute to the baby-boomer generation, aired on PBS where they referred to Hazell as “America’s foremost pop culture anthropologist.” Currently, the live theatrical tour of The Wonder Bread Years is enjoying success across the US.
As the Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative, Hazell is responsible for the national tours of four original productions: Bunk Bed Brothers, The Wonder Bread Years, The Good Humor Men and A Kodachrome Christmas. Pat is currently in development on a musical adaptation of his original play Grounded For Life.
Doors open for the event at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar available for patrons to enjoy. The curtain goes up on the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $30 per person; $25 per person for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square and online at http://www.elpaseoarts.org.
Whether it’s a story about sitting at the kids table or riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years hits a comic bull’s-eye. Jerry Seinfeld calls it “milk snorting funny”. For the “more mature” audience members, it will be a chance to revel in pure unpasteurized nostalgia; for the younger crowd, it will provide a revealing and funny look at the world as their parents and grandparents knew it when they were the younger generation.