Comedy Showcase coming up Monday |

Comedy Showcase coming up Monday

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“You should be a comic” is what spurred most people to take Kat Simmons’ stand-up comedy workshop. The class has been well attended by Valley residents, as well as people from out of the area.

“We need some place for these people to get up and work on their acts,” Simmons said. “These people have heard or believed they were funny their whole lives and this is a way for them to take a crack at it.”

However, not everyone who takes the class wants to be funny.

“Some just want to be able to speak in front of a crowd and not pass out or find a way to add some humor to their professions,” she said.

Simmons believes strongly in the healing power of comedy, both for the performer and the audience. It’s an opportunity for people to relate and personally connect to each other in a world of chaos and e-mail.

“Often comedy gives a voice to someone who may have not been able to express themselves before,” she said.

On Monday, Nov. 16, some of Simmons’ students will get to share their dream and talent with the public at a “Comedy Showcase.” Performing will be Karen-Grace White, John Boy Kinsie Damon, Gina Hart, Truth Courtney and K.C. Campbell.

The free “Comedy Showcase” will be held in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn. The non-smoking show will begin at 8 p.m., with the doors opening at 7 p.m. There will also be an open mike night on Friday, Nov. 27.

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