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Third annual Comedy Riot brings stand-up to Brewer

BREWER - Get ready to riot.

The third annual Comedy Riot will be descending on Brewer on Nov. 5 with two shows. The performances will be held at Jeff's Catering with shows starting at 7 and 9:30 pm.

'This will be our third show,' said event promoter Jeremy White. 'In our first year, we had 400 people turn up. Last year, that went up to 600. We're expecting another great crowd this year.'

That crowd will get something new from the Comedy Riot: a departure from the 'stand-up only' comedy formula of the previous two years.

'This year, we're including improv comedy along with stand-up,' said White. 'The Focus Group will do a set at the Riot; we're just trying to bring something different to the table and put on a good show. [Our goal] is to feature the best local talent that we can find.'

White and his crew have done a good job of finding that local talent. Along with the Focus Group, the show will feature a host of comedians with Maine connections.

'This show marks the hometown return of Mike Sylvester and Ryan Wanning. Ryan is a Bangor native who is currently a featured headliner at the Comedy Connection in Rhode Island. Our show's headliner is Johnny Ater. He's a guy who headlines all over New England and performs regularly with Bob Marley.

'The show will be hosted by Tuck Tucker, a Portland-area comedian who is also a member of the Portland-based improv group Running With Scissors.'

In keeping this event going from year to year, White and his crew are building something that is becoming a mainstay of the area entertainment scene.

'This is the largest local annual comedy event in the area,' said White. 'This year, the focus is on making the event bigger and better. We're expanding our offerings and we think that this could be our best show yet.

'Really, it's an amazing value for a $12 ticket.'

Twelve bucks for a bucketload of comedy? Tough to beat, to be sure. And before too long, those tickets will be tough, if not impossible to get. If you're looking to laugh, you better hustle. Those tickets can be purchased at Bull Moose Music or by calling Jeff's Catering at 989-1811. For more information about the show, call 902-0463.

Check it out. It'll be a laugh riot of the highest order.

(In the interest of full disclosure, Jeremy White is an employee of The Maine Edge. Additionally, the writer is a member of The Focus Group, one of the acts performing in the show. While some might see this as some sort of conflict of interest, we choose to view it as more proof of just how awesome the Edge and its employees truly are.)


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