A weekend of comedy cracks up Southeast

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Susan Rice's observational comedy may be PG-rated, but that doesn't mean she won't poke a little fun at Juneau while visiting Southeast Alaska.

"I'm sure there's going to be a jab or two," she said, adding that she's been keeping up on the local news.

Rice is scheduled to perform in Juneau and Sitka for the second annual "Healing Power of Humor," sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's health promotion department and the SEARHC WISEGUYS men's health group in Sitka.

The Juneau show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The Sitka show is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Sheet'ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens for each show.

The SEARHC WISEGUYS men's health group decided to bring comedian Kermet Apio to Sitka last year as a way of promoting healthy living with the idea of donating all proceeds to the nonprofit organization Sitkans Against Family Violence, said SEARHC spokesman and WISEGUYS member Charles Bingham.

"We kind of joke with each other a lot during our sessions, so we thought humor is a good way to relieve stress," he said. "There are lots of benefits that show up. It can lower blood pressure. It can relax you. It can relieve stress."

The event was so successful that they decided to also have a show this year in Juneau. Proceeds from the Sitka show will once again benefit Sitkans Against Family Violence, while the proceeds from the Juneau show will be directed to the Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter, or AWARE.

Rice recently celebrated 25 years in the comedy business in a career that has led her on tours around the country and across many television screens. She has performed on A&E's "An Evening At The Improv," HBO's "Comedy Central," ShowTime's "Comedy Club Network" and CBS's "Pat Sajak Show."

Defining her style often depends on the venue, Rice said.

"It's always evolving, so every show is a little different but it really depends on the crowd," she said. "Everyone will recognize what I'm talking about. I don't get on a political bent because I get too angry."

Basically, she is a character that finds humor and material from her own life experiences, Rice said.

"I'm kind of everybody's crazy aunt who drank a little too much at the dinner table," she said laughing.

Dore to perform at Marlintini's

Marlintini's is gearing up for another big weekend of comedy with headliner Jimmy Dore set to perform. Mike Lajoie of Anchorage will open for both shows, which begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Dore has been hitting the comedy circuit from coast to coast for more than a decade. He has been seen on his own "½ Hour Comedy Special" for Comedy Central, "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," NBC's "Friday Night" and other programs.

Dore is also a performer and writer of "The Marijuana-logues," the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show.

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