UNION — Maine Event Comedy takes center stage at the Union Fair Entertainment Center, Sunday, August 18, at 7 p.m., during the Union Fair / Maine Wild Blueberry Festival, Laugh along with Johnny Ater, Bryan Valencia, Mark Turcotte, and Julie Poulin.
The Wine and Beer garden at the Entertainment Center opens an hour prior to the show, at 6 p.m., and it is recommended that you BYOC (chair) as there is limited seating, according to the Fair, in a press release.
The Union Fair /Maine Wild Blueberry Festival is August 17 - 24 and is located at the Union Fairgrounds just off RTE. 17 in Union. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.unionfair.org.
Whether he’s taking light-hearted swipes at himself and his fellow Mainers, or contorting his face into hilarious characters, Ater has left audiences laughing throughout New England and beyond since 2003.
Johnny Ater offers up hilarious and honest stories about life, family, relationships, work, and his colorful local friends, which he brings to life on stage for all to meet. Ater is vulnerable and embraces his uncool persona, which makes you embrace your own at the same time. He’s your goofy brother, your dorky dad, your silly grandpa, but after a show with him, he’ll just feel like “Johnny, your funny best friend”.
He’s performed at the Punchline in San Francisco, headlined the Maine Comedy Festival, and recently provided voice-over work for an Agren Appliance television campaign.
Originally a sketch writer and Improv performer, Bryan Valencia is no stranger to the stage. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was the head writer at Comedy Well Done and Jokes4Miles, where he held the honor of sketch writing alongside comedy pioneer Ritch Shydner.
He is the current Host of The World Series of Comedy, and over the past two years has performed in clubs, colleges, and bars in 34 states and multiple international comedy festivals, all while raising money for pediatric cancer research.
From collegiate degrees in Creative Writing, Journalism and Dance Studies to dedicated years of martial arts, music, culinary arts and athletic practice, Bryan has combined his talents over the past few years into a one-of-a-kind, Vaudevillian style that teeters on the cusp of humor, sentiment, and absurdity. Simply put – he is a weirdo.
Mark Turcotte is a married father of two and lifelong New Englander. Most of his material is mined from his tumultuous upbringing, marrying out of his league, and his impending demise. Beyond that, he’s a treat to be around.
He’s the founder of Maine Event Comedy and has performed at some of the best clubs in the country including Gotham Comedy Club in New York City and Comix at Mohegan Sun. Mark was a recent selection for the Boston, Cleveland, and North Carolina comedy festivals and was a semi-finalist at the World Series of Comedy in Sarasota, Florida. He also facilitated a marriage proposal during a show in Biddeford, Maine.
Julie Poulin is an improv and stand-up comic from Monmouth. After doing improv for many years, she’s now making waves in her young stand-up career.
She recently bested a field of 20 comedians throughout New England by winning the Maine Event Comedy’s Tightest Five contest. A few months later, she won the Central Maine Comedy Invitational at Lewiston’s Franco Center.