Cheap Dates: Comedy Triple Threat
ROCKLAND—Who couldn’t use a good laugh?
Rockland Elks Club is putting on a 21-plus show Saturday, June 23, at 8 p.m. that brings three comedians to the stage.
The comedians, who are all from New England, understand the Maine culture well. Rockland Elks Club President Alan Heal said, “Rob Steen is our initial connection. He has performed for other Elks Clubs, including the Rockland location once before and comes highly recommended.”
Here’s a little background on all three:
Headliner Tom Hayes entered the Boston comedy scene in the mid 1980s when he won “Showtime Cable’s Funniest Person Award;” the same year that Ellen DeGeneres won the national title. In Boston, he shared the stage with legends such as like Paula Poundstone, Stephen Wright, Denis Leary, Joe Rogan, Tom Cotter, John Pinnate, Dane Cook, and Louis CK, who were making inroads on the national comedy scene. He also opened for such national acts as The Four Tops, The Four Seasons, Henny Youngman, Phyllis Diller, and The Smothers Brothers while playing clubs in Las Vegas and Second City in Chicago.
Beginning as a street performer at the age of 12 in Boston, Massachusetts, Rob Steen, who now lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been doing comedy for 25 years. His act is a mix of
situations and observations and has been compared to Robin Williams due to his fast-paced delivery and quick wit. Rob has also been featured on several TV shows including The Late Show with Dave Letterman where he was a frequent guest.
Steve Guilmette brings a raucous wit and an everyman’s sensibility to the national comedy scene. Steve’s act has received a warm and enthusiastic response from audiences throughout the country. His observational, almost Seinfeld-like forté takes the everyday moment and finds the odd twist. Steve was chosen and has competed in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival.
“This is for an adult audience, so they will be performing closer to an ‘R’ rated show, but nothing raunchy,” said Heal. “This event is open to Elks Club members and guests and if you’re not an Elks member and still want to come, just get in touch with me and we’ll get you a ticket. As long as we know you’re not a troublemaker,” he said laughing, “which is different from a heckler. A heckler keeps the show going.”
Tickets are $15 (well within the Cheap Dates budget) and will only be sold in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Maine Children’s Cancer program of Maine Medical Center.
“As of ticket sales now, we’ve made back our cost so any tickets sold at this point will be going fully to the Maine Children’s Cancer program,” said Heal.
To get in touch or to purchase tickets call 594-9200.
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