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The Main Thing

The Main Thing

Arkansas’ number one professional comedy team, The Main Thing, stars veteran performers whose work has been featured on Saturday Night Live, Off-Broadway, on Dick Clark’s United Radio Network, and in thousands of live stage performances all around the country. Their  current home is The Joint Theater and Coffeehouse in the trendy Argenta Arts District in downtown North Little Rock, where they perform original two-act comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night.

Steve Farrell's writing has been featured on Saturday Night Live, Off-Broadway, on HBO, and for ten years was syndicated nationally by Dick Clark’s United Stations Radio Network. Steve was the head writer and Artistic Director of Houston’s Comedy Workshop, and the co- founder of Radio Music Theatre which produced his original plays for 27 years. Currently, Steve is the writer, composer, and Artistic Director for The Main Thing comedy trio.

Vicki Farrell began her acting career with The Showboat Rhododendron on the Mississippi River.  After performing with Michigan’s Barn Theatre and teaching dance in Minneapolis, she became a charter member of The Comedy Workshop in Houston, and the co-founder of Radio Music Theatre, where she performed weekly from 1984 – 2011. Vicki currently performs as an actor and drummer with The Main Thing comedy trio.

Brett Ihler has performed with theater companies across the country, including The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Blue Jacket, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theater. Brett is also an expert in stage combat, regularly choreographing shows for numerous regional theaters. He was a charter member of Improv Little Rock, and he now directs The Joint Venture improv company.  Brett performs weekly at The Joint with The Main Thing comedy trio

Current performance:

The Night I Spent A Week In Arkansas

September 6 - November 23

Two strangers from the big city show up in Dumpster, Arkansas making the Fertle Family and other townsfolk wonder why they have come and whether they should be lynched or befriended. See what it's like to be the least welcome person in a room full of strangers who know everyone but you

Next Performance:

A Fertle Holiday

November 29 - January 11

This original two-act comedy chronicles the Fertle Family's trouble-ridden reunion in the tiny town of Dumpster, Arkansas, as they attempt to entertain their rich relatives from San Diego. The Main Thing comedy trio brings the quirky family to life by portraying all the relatives and townspeople needed to create the illusion of a bustling Christmas get-together.

2019 Schedule

The Elvis of Russellville -
         January 18th - March 30th

Keep Your Chins Up -

          April 5th - June 15th


Hognado! -

          June 21st - August 30th

The Night I Spent a Week In Arkansas-

          September 6th- November 23rd

A Fertle Holiday -

           November 29th - January 11th

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Here's what people are saying about The Main Thing...

"The show was hilarious - the actors are very talented, and they play a huge cast of characters, seamlessly changing wigs/hats/glasses/accents, quickly."

What a great evening out!  I haven't seen such talent since attending Broadway shows in New York!

"Last night's performance was amazing! Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it.  I don't think I've ever heard so much positive feedback about a show.  And your coffee is the best in the south!"

"These guys are amazing! Better than anything I've seen on Saturday Night Live! Our jaws hurt from laughing so much!"

"The Main Thing is the best thing in Arkansas right now!"