Things to do in Orlando, May 11-17: John Mulaney, Wanda Sykes, Impact Wrestling, Gatorpalooza and more | Things to do | Orlando

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Our selection of the best things to do and see this week.

Thursday May 12
John Mulaney

Comedian Mulaney headlines the Addition Financial Arena as part of his ‘From Scratch’ stand-up tour. Mulaney reportedly got quite personal on those shows, speaking openly about his time in rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and his divorce from Anna Marie Tendler earlier this year. And call us wacky, but we’d expect there to be a fair amount of material on Mulaney’s newborn son – that was fast! – and the resulting weaknesses of fatherhood. Let’s be realistic. 8 p.m., Addition Financial Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd., additionfiarena.com, $84-$139

Thursday May 12
Wanda Sykes

Do we want to laugh this week? The jury is out on that one. But do we need to laugh this week? Decidedly yes. Enter Wanda Sykes. The actress, actress – currently present in the Netflix series The Upshaws — and the Oscars presenter (not to overdo the parentheses, but remember when the “slap” was the big national scandal? Good times) is spending a few days in Florida doing stand-up comedy, and Dr. Phil is the beneficiary. Sykes just headlined Netflix’s Is a Joke Fest, so his comic chops are awfully perfect, and we’re sure Florida (sigh) will give the frank comic a lot of jokes. Prepare yourselves. 8 p.m., Walt Disney Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., drphillipscenter.org, $39.50-$79.50

Friday May 13
Weird Fridays: The F13th fan movie mixtape

Say what you will about the democratizing aspects of digital media – to us, the VHS “revolution” of the 1980s felt much more immediate and seismic. When ordinary people were able to afford video cameras and VCRs, a whole new generation of filmmakers was unleashed. This Friday, the 13th edition of Enzian’s “Freaky Fridays” commemorates that with a film that lovingly compiles a slew of fan-made “tributes” to the iconic horror franchise. Friday 13 and lead murderer Jason Voorhees. Sure, the quality may be all over the place, but we have a feeling one of these little gems will be way more fun than your local multiplex’s lead fare. 11:59 p.m., Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, enzian.org, $10

Friday May 13
Haunted Waterhouse: A Ghost Tour

Look, we’re halfway through Halloween, time to get serious here. What is it, you want a local historical angle alongside your thrills and scares? Fine. This “ghost tour” promises an in-depth investigation of the Waterhouse residence – aka “the most haunted house in Central Florida”, notable for its ghostly voices and moving furniture – alongside seasoned paranormal investigators. And in the end, if you’re lucky enough to pull it off, you’ll also have learned a little something about the history of the Victorian vicarage. 6:30 p.m., Waterhouse Residence Museum, 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland, eventbrite.com, $40

Friday-Saturday May 13-14
Impact wrestling

Perceived as the bronze medalist behind WWE and AEW in the “wars” of pro wrestling, Impact Wrestling is currently experiencing a small purple stain. The roster is, objectively, filled with high-level young workers and the familiar faces of committed pro-graps students. New champ Josh Alexander is a fucking freak, Matt Cardona is on some crazy performance artist board, and Taya Valkyrie is money everywhere she goes. And Impact enjoys all the social benefits of partnerships with New Japan and Mexico’s AAA. The Impact is in town for two nights of “Citrus Brawl” TV tapings and the unveiling of a new T-shirt in partnership with the Orlando LGBTQ+ Center – don’t miss it. 7 p.m., Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, ohpark.com, $35-$150

Saturday-Sunday May 14-15
gatorpalooza

In the heart of Florida (and the heart of alligator mating season, eek), local local attraction Gatorland is bringing back its Gatorpalooza bash for a triumphant return. In addition to live music, games, and giveaways, the park also hosts markets and food vendors. And if that’s not enough, there’s the second annual Florida Man Challenge. The event lives up to its name by being brazenly right on the silly right side: the triathlon-style event has competitors crossing an alligator-infested swamp to get to the finish line. Bring him. All. Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, gatorland.com, $32.99

Event details

gatorpalooza

Sat. May 14, 10 a.m. and Sun. May 15, 10 a.m.

Gator Land 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando South


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