Family-friendly variety show at Ursuline theater

Staff report


“The Smallest Show in Town,” a family-friendly variety show, will return to Youngstown on Nov. 17 for a 7 p.m. performance at Ursuline High School’s Deibel-Morley Theater, 750 Wick Ave.

Tickets are $10 ($5 for senior citizens and children under 18) and can be purchased at the door or in advance at

Proceeds from this special performance will benefit Youngstown’s Dom Leone Writing Competition.

“The smallest show in town” features acoustic music, sketch comedy, improv comedy, storytelling, special guests… and grilled cheese sandwiches!

The show has been likened to a cross between “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”

It will feature Youngstown native and long-time educator, coach and counselor Bob Jenkins; comedy players from Pittsburgh’s Arcade Comedy Theater; and music from the smallest show’s house band, The Spurs of the Moment (Carmen, Nick and Chris Leone, with Bobby Arroyo and other guests).

Other guests will include local students reading winning entries of past years’ writing competitions. There will also be raffles of items donated by the community, again with all proceeds benefitting the Dom Leone Writing Competition.

Chris Leone, a Youngstown native, introduced and curated “The Smallest Show” as a showcase for local talent in San Francisco when he lived there in the early 2000s.

The show enjoyed critical acclaim and a successful run for several years.

Leone later revived it in Pittsburgh, where he now lives. Since 2016, “The Smallest Show” has been playing monthly to growing crowds at the Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

It performed to a standing room only crowd at Youngstown’s Hopewell Theater in August of 2017.

The Dom Leone Writing Competition is a Youngstown-based event that encourages and supports creativity in young people.

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