EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 11, 2012

Comedy for 'committed, community-minded people'

Andover Rotary hosts second annual Comedy Night

By Jess Wilson Correspondent
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Dave Rattigan is all business when it comes to his career.

Calling himself the busiest man in Boston comedy this journalist/teacher/comedian/entrepreneur and father barely has a free moment.

Luckily, he’s penciled you in this Friday night for a good laugh.

Tomorrow, the Rotary Club of Andover will present its second annual Comedy Night, and Rattigan is hosting. Rattigan stresses that the brand of comedy at this show is something that local residents can enjoy and really relate to.

“I talk about bringing my 6-year-old daughter to the Red Sox game, having a child at my advanced age of 54. I make observations about the run of the mill things that happen in my life,” explained Rattigan over the phone from home.

He spoke in the middle of juggling business calls and preparing to pick up his daughter from school. The typical overworked parent, he asked if this interviewer could “call me back in 5 minutes — no 3 and a half minutes should do,” while he ran upstairs to finish one last task.

Rattigan is working on his new web series “Post Office Golf League” and running Scamp Comedy Productions, an agency that produces private comedy shows in the New England area. In addition to hosting the evening, he will be performing and recruited three other local comedians to round out the bill.

Jim Colliton, Stephen Bjork, and Steve Calechman have resumes that are no less impressive. More importantly they have jokes of the highest caliber. Between the three they’ve appeared on Comedy Central and shared stages with the likes of Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Louie C.K. and Sarah Silverman.

“These guys are all smart, clean and appropriate in thought and word. Their material is for adults, but it’s geared toward committed, community-minded people,” Rattigan said .

They are a perfect fit for a comedy night meant to give back to community. Last year’s event raised $7,500 for the Rotary Club of Andover. All of those funds were donated to support local educational projects.

Club President Al Getler — also the publisher of The Eagle-Tribune — deemed the project a success and hopes for even wider attendance this year.

If you go:

What: Rotary Club of Andover second annual Comedy Night

When: Oct. 12 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Wyndham Hotel, 123 River Road, Andover

How much: Tickets are $25 each, available at http://andoverrotarycomedynight2012.eventbrite.com