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Marden's Lady' to perform stand-up routine in Bangor

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BANGOR - She's one of Maine's funniest ladies, if not the funniest, and now Birdie Googins, also known as the 'Marden's Lady,' is bringing her one-woman comedy act to Spectacular Events in Bangor. Her one-hour routine is all part of Grace United Methodist Church's annual auction fundraiser.

"I do so many fundraisers because there is so much need out there," said Googins. "Fundraisers really like the 'Marden's Lady' because she's so visible and they get a good turnout. And it's rewarding to help with that and keep my finger on the pulse of what's happening in the state."

This comedian, originally from Norway, Maine, started in the entertainment industry as an actress before eventually becoming a playwright. But it's the Marden's Surplus and Salvage commercials that have caused Mainers and tourists alike to stop her on the street.

"Once the commercials started, I couldn't go through a toll booth without someone going, 'Are you the Marden's Lady?'" she said. "I actually invented the character, Birdie Googins, before [she became] the 'Marden's Lady' and I started doing standup as her."

Traveling all over the state, Googins finds no shortage of material for her shows.

"Mainers are so eccentric, so I don't have to go far for material," she said. "I always say Birdie got her fame from Marden's and her humor from Maine."

All joking aside, Googins enjoys seeing the vast age range of the audience members that are drawn to her standup routines.

"Birdie is fun and people resonate with her," she said. "I'm still surprised by the demographic she hits. Kids like her, 20-year-olds like her. I just did a commencement speech in Newport, and the oldest guy was 70, and the whole place was packed. The audience is not who you think."

Grace United Methodist Church is hoping Birdie and her humor will be able to fill Spectacular Events in Brewer on Sept. 28. The church's goal is to raise $5,000 through ticket sales to the show and a silent and live auction that night.

"All the proceeds go directly to Grace United Methodist Church's outreach ministries such as feeding Maine families every third Saturday of the month, clothing struggling families and helping them attain household goods through vouchers given for our Saving Grace Thrift Store," explained Lynn Ryan, administrative assistant at Grace United Methodist Church.

Tickets for an evening with Birdie Googins, the 'Marden's Lady,' and the annual auction are $20 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event or at the church Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon located at 193 Union Street in Bangor or after 10 a.m. Sunday worship. Tickets are also available at Patrick's Hallmark. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

"I am lucky. It is tricky being a performer," said Googins. "I enjoy stand up and we've got some wicked comedy in Maine but it's all men. I think it's time those boys move over."

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