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Amphibian Stage Comedy Residencies with Adam Cayton-Holland

November 6, 2019 (Fort Worth, TX) – Amphibian Stage continues their groundbreaking comedy residencies with Adam Cayton-Holland’s new-one-man show HAPPY PLACE, loosely adapted for the stage from his critically acclaimed 2018  memoir, Tragedy Plus Time.

“Tragedy Plus Time absolutely gutted me—then it filled me with hope. I hate that Adam has this story to tell, but he tells it so beautifully.” – Tig Notaro

Performances  will take place at 8pm November 14 – 16, 2019. Tickets to HAPPY PLACE  are $15 Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday. To purchase tickets, visit, call 817-923-3012,  or email . The theater is located at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Cayton-Holland was plugging away in the world of stand-up, steadily climbing the comedy ladder, when the unthinkable happened: his little sister Lydia killed herself. His best friend, his earliest collaborator, the funniest person he knew, gone, in an instant. Life, as he knew it, was forever changed. Suddenly, everything felt like a lie. Adam’s “Happy Place” was leveled. He quit stand-up. Nothing felt funny anymore. Just getting out of bed was hard. Through time, plenty of therapy, and constant soul-searching, eventually Adam was able to put one foot in front of the other, to find joy in comedy again. It was, after all, a “Happy Place” that both he and Lydia had cherished. Never shying away from the tough subject matter of mental illness, depression and suicide, HAPPY PLACE is a darkly funny exploration of going through the unimaginable and learning to find your sense of humor again. Funny, sad, touching and real, HAPPY PLACE  never condescends to the audience through and-then-comedy-saved-my-life tropes. Instead, it is a refreshing and honest look at the way life throws bad at you with the good, and the desperate struggle of trying to not drown under the weight of it all.

Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring headliner who was named one of “25 Comics to Watch” by Esquire magazine and one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety. Along with his cohorts in The Grawlix comedy troupe, Adam created, wrote and starred in “Those Who Can’t,” which ran for three seasons on truTV.

He has appeared on “CONAN”, “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”, “Happy Endings”, “Deadbeat”, “Flophouse”, “Hidden America” and “@midnight”. He has also been featured on “WTF with Marc Maron”, “Nerdist”, “Comedy Bang Bang” and “Sklarbro County” podcasts. Cayton-Holland has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs, SXSW, and Bridgetown Comedy festivals, and helms his own comedy extravaganza in Denver, the High Plains Comedy Festival. He has also performed at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

Adam has three albums, I Don’t Know If I Happy, Backyards, and Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits, all available on iTunes, and his first book, Tragedy Plus Time, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2018. Adam lives with his wife Katie, his son Malcolm, and a purebred Chesapeake Retriever named Annabel Lee. He once threw out the opening pitch at a Colorado Rockies game and people have described him as “genial,” and “with decent teeth.”

Amphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU’s Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging theatre that inspires new ideas, opens new doors, and increases our understanding of the vast world around us. Now in its twentieth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts. 

Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company’s visibility and following. New to Amphibian in 2018 is a multi-faceted outreach program designed for veterans of the US armed forces. The program includes workshops, special performances, and discounted tickets. 

Amphibian is generously funded by the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Ann L. and Carol Greene Rhodes Charitable Trust, Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Jack K. Ayre and Frank Ayre Lee Theatre Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dramatists Guild Fund, Fifth Avenue Foundation, Fort Worth Promotion & Development Fund, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, Pier 1 Imports, Mary Potishman Lard Trust, Pangburn Foundation, Rea Charitable Trust, Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Guido & Ruth Shumake Charitable Trust, Smallwood Foundation, Southwest Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wells Fargo Bank, William E. Scott Foundation, and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian’s devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences. 

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