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Comedians will perform to help Miramichi Lodge

DANIELLE VANDENBRINK, STAFF WRITER

Miramichi Lodge in Pembroke will host four nationally-acclaimed comedians on Nov. 14 for a night of standup comedy, music and improvisation.

Rick Wharton, who has appeared in popular comedy shows "Conspiracy Guy," "World Beer Games" and "Second City," has collaborated with Miramichi Lodge to bring the night of laughs together.

"It's like Ed Sullivan meets Red Green,"Mr. Wharton, who now lives in Pembroke, said.

The other performers include Alan Park, who has appeared in the CBC's the "Royal Canadian Air Farce" and "Just for Laughs," Teresa Pavlinek, who has appeared on "The Jane Show," "Women Fully Clothed," and "Second City," and Bruce Hunter, who has appeared on "Puppets Who Kill," "The Red Green Show," "Illustrated Men" and "Second City."

Mr. Wharton described the guests as "top-notch actors."

"The calibre of talent is unbelievable," he said. "It will be a night of improv and standup and hopefully we'll raise funds," he said. "I thought this would be a great, great thing to do not only for Miramichi Lodge but for the community."

"We're really trying to create an awareness about Miramichi Lodge, what they have and what they do," he said.

Mr. Wharton said since he's moved to Pembroke, he was been trying to bring entertainers to the area. "It's a dream come true for me to work with all these guys."

Donna Cotnam, community relations coordinator for Miramichi Lodge, said the lodge hopes to use the money to purchase wheelchair- accessible tables for the dining room. "This would make (our residents') eating experience a whole lot better," she said. "There is just so much the residence need and all the little things add up."

She said donations make life more pleasurable for the residence all around.

"This is kind of a give back as well," she added, explaining there has been tremendous support from the community to the lodge. "It's our first attempt at an event like this and we hope to do it again."

The show will be held in a banquet hall at Miramichi Lodge, where there will be access to a bar.

After the show, the comedians will mingle with the crowd and sign autographs.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction during the evening.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Tanglewood Tack on Pembroke Street and at the Miramichi Lodge.

The doors open at 7:15 p. m. and the show runs from 8 p. m. until 10 p. m.



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