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Comedy workshop students to give free show

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The often-used phrase, “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 Carson Valley residents, as well as people from out of the area, simmons said.

Tomorrow, Aug. 27, some of Simmons’ students will share their comic talent with the public. Performing in the Shannon Ballroom at the Carson Valley Inn beginning at 8 p.m. will be Cordy Athena, Carol Clift, Paul Dancer, Dr. Edward Lynn, Norah McCoy, Sharon McDonald, Shawna Pisciotti, Frosty Schroeder, Leigh Reynolds and Wayne Zulker.

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

Doors to the free, non-smoking show will open at 7 p.m.

The next Comedy Night Live is Friday, Sept. 25.

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