Keep your laughter local

Laugh out loud tune-up to be held at Corner Bar

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL

Let’s embrace the “think local” attitude here. Instead of taking our monies outside of the Rockford community to attend “LaughFest” in Grand Rapids in March, why not support the good works of the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) and laugh your sides out right here at home in the cozy confines of the Rockford High School (RHS) Auditorium.

When Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, Second City, last appeared in Rockford in January 2010 it was a sell-out from the “git-go”. Appearing then to headline the annual REF benefit concert, Second City returns again for two evening performances of their “Laugh Out Loud Tour” on Friday and Saturday evenings, January 20 and 21.

Thinking local, the REF is hosting “The Funniest Person in Rockford Contest” to be held this Thursday, January 12 at the Corner Bar in downtown Rockford. Four comedic finalists in the contest will face off for the opportunity to perform with Second City during their two upcoming evening performances in January.

Mike Cole, Mike Marn, Michael Newell, and Chris Schneider will exhibit their comedy routines starting at 9:00 p.m. before a panel of local (celebrity) judges. What a hoot? Three Mikes and one Chris!

The Corner Bar doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and reservations are being excepted by contacting Jen at the Corner Bar at: jtramper@rockfordcornerbar.com or 616-866-9866. Seating is general admission with a $10 cover charge to benefit the REF and includes chips and salsa. Drink specials and Second City ticket give-a-ways all evening long. First come, first serve for the best seats.

If you can’t make the Funniest Person in Rockford event at the Corner Bar this Thursday evening don’t let yourself get caught with egg on your face, as many did during the 2010 visit of Second City, when last minute ticket purchasers were met at the box office door with a big sold-out sign. There’s not a bad seat in the house at the RHS auditorium. A limited number of tickets are still available. Contact: The REF at 616-863-6317 or visit www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

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