While the names Sandy Marks, Mike Burton and Meghan Hanley may not carry the weight of a Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James or Eddie Murphy on a Long Island marquee, the trio added up to a night well-spent with plenty of laughter and the breezy pace of a summer's night. And, yes, the ticket price was considerably gentler on the wallet.
New York City-based Meghan Hanley served the evening as the hostess with mostest, coming across as charming as the MC. In an almost 30 minute set, which is far more the work slate of someone who features or headlines, Hanley glided through tales of dating, friendship and single life that won a continual hum of laughter. To her credit, her material will certainly play well with the ladies in attendance, but she is really not gender-centric in any way. Her understated timing and easy smile made her set seem like it was over and out in 10 minutes. The audience response let her know they'll be looking forward to her return.
Mike Burton, a veteran headliner who has toplined at places like Governor's and Brokerage over the years, took center stage second. In the course of his 30 minutes, Burton got on an immediate roll of laughter and road it like an avalanche to conclusion. Burton, who anchors his set with married life in suburbia tidbits, is not only a strong writer blessed with superb timing, he is also a master of facial expressions that take his words to supreme heights. In particular, his view of himself in his neighborhood was riotously funny. This is an act you may not have encountered in a lengthy career, but Burton is certainly one you need to go out of your way to see. If you're trapped on a mountain, order his comedy CD. Great set.
Sandy Marks concluded the night with a little harsher tone of comedy, definitely much edgier in feel. A New York City club regular, his relationship views were far moodier, but nevertheless funny. A tall figure, he also turned his comedy sights on himself for laughs, and finished the night up with an effort that won his solid applause.
Keep an eye out for future laughs at the Boulton (most likely the fall) as you can rest assured the trio they run out on every night will be memorable. So will the bargain you get at the window on the way in.