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March 17, 2013

Night of laughs on tap at Richland banquet hall: Firefighters bring sixth annual evening of comedy

JOHNSTOWN — For the sixth year, Johnstown’s laugh-lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a festive night of comedy Saturday at Richland Volunteer Fire Department’s annual comedy night.

Festivities will take place in the banquet hall located at 1321 Scalp Ave. in Richland Township.

Organizers have booked three professional comedians supplied through Pittsburgh’s SlapSticks Productions LLC, a leader in producing and booking stand-up comedy and musical entertainment.

The featured comedians are Matt George, David Michael and Stewart Huff.

Along with the nearly two hours of laughter, patrons also will enjoy a catered dinner and finish off the evening with several hours of dancing.

Cost of the event is $25 a person.

The dinner will feature main dishes of stuffed chicken and glazed ham. Sides include penne pasta, green beans, tossed salad, dessert and a beverage.

Jennifer Heffelfinger, the fire company’s facility coordinator, said the evening attracted more than 260 people in 2012.

“We set the bar for reservations at 300 this year and tickets are going well, but we have some seats available,” Heffelfinger said. “These tickets will only be sold in advance because we have to notify the caterer.”

Deadline for reservations is Wednesday by calling 266-4331, ext. 312. Patrons must be age 18 or older.

David Kaye, a spokesman for SlapSticks Productions, gave the show a PG-13 rating.

“We have been making comedians available to nonprofit fundraisers for 13 years,” Kaye said. “It’s a good opportunity to raise money without a lot of the complications associated with other types of benefits.”

Kaye spoke highly of the three comedians who will take the stage in Richland.

“I would say the headline act would be Pittsburgh native David Michael,” Kaye said. “He is a speaker, stand-up comedian and author of a new book titled ‘’Secrets From the Green Room,’ which teaches readers the essentials for communicating in the workplace using humor.”

Michael explains the techniques used by professional stand-up comedians to convey a message to corporate America.

In his nearly 30-year comedy career, Michael has traveled the club circuit, working with stars such as Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Dennis Miller and Howie Mandel.

Huff, a Kentucky native, is a full-time stand-up comic.

He has been performing comedy for more than five years.

“Michael Huff travels all over the country and is a past winner of the Aspen (Colo.) Comedy Festival,” Kaye said.

George leaves his fans chuckling with his uncanny observations, outlandish analogies and peculiar exploits.

“He is a full-time grade school teacher by day, but a hilarious comedian by night,” Kaye said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7.

The comedy acts will be presented from 8 to 10 and patrons will be able to dance the rest of the evening away to the music of a DJ.

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