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December 26, 2013

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Comedy Gala at Wyndham Andover for New Year’s Eve

Two top New England comics are on the bill for the Tuesday, Dec. 31 “New Year’s Eve Comedy Party” at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover.

Comedian-Pharmacist Artie Januario performs along with New England favorite Bob Seibel at the event, which will ring out 2013 while welcoming 2014.

Artie Januario lives a double life as a pharmacist and one of Boston’s premier comedians. In 2012, he was selected to perform at Denis Leary’s prestigious 18th annual Comics Come Home concert, the longest running comedy benefit show in the United States, which has raised more than $4 million for the Cam Neely Foundation, which aids cancer patients and their families during treatment. He’s traveled the country, performing all over New England as well as in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and is a favorite for fundraisers and corporate events. Among the acts he’s worked with: Dom Irrera, Brian Regan, Jeff Dunham, and Lenny Clarke.

Bob Seibel’s press kit reads “Buffoon,” and that’s an accurate description of the lifetime class clown from the working class city of Lynn. The son of German immigrants, Seibel tried factory work and school teaching before he discovered he could get paid for making people laugh. A quarter-century later, he’s still one of the most requested acts in New England, headlining such top clubs as Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston and Giggles in Saugus. Although he’s a world traveler and licensed pilot, his checkered past remains. When one old friend was asked if he’d like to fly with Seibel, the friend replied, “Fly with you? I wouldn’t get in a simulator with you!”

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event, which includes buffet dinner at 7, show at 8, followed by dessert, DJ dancing and a midnight toast. Tickets are $75, with a limited number of $40 tickets available for show-dancing-etc. only, at www.scampscomedy.com, or (800) 838-3006, ext. 1. For overnight rates and reservations, call (978) 975-3600. ep the kids busy! Old Sturbridge Village historians and educators plan lots of indoor and outdoor activities to keep children busy, happy, and learning during school vacation week. Outdoor fun includes sledding on 1830s-style sleds and horse-drawn sleigh rides (snow permitting). Indoor fun includes hands-on crafts, puppet shows and family-friendly performances throughout the week. Details: 800-733-1830; www.osv.org

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