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Comedians Announced for First Ha! Ha! Hartford! of the New Year

Resolve to laugh more in 2009 – join comedians Joe DeVito, Billy Garan, and Brian Kiley January 23rd at The Bushnell.

Hartford, CT – December 17, 2008 – Join 96.5 TIC’s Damon Scott as he hosts The Bushnell’s first Ha! Ha! Hartford! of 2009 on Friday, January 23 at 8:30 pm in Belding Theater.  The evening will feature the comedic talents of Joe DeVito, Billy Garan, and Brian Kiley.  Ha! Ha! Hartford! is sponsored by United Technologies Corporation.  Comedians have been booked with the assistance of Treehouse Comedy Productions (www.treehousecomedy.com).

Tickets for Ha! Ha! Hartford! are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting The Bushnell Box Office at 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford or by calling (860) 987-5900.  Tickets may also be purchased online at www.bushnell.org.  Groups of 20 or more should call (860) 987-5959.  Tickets prices are $18-$25.  This show is not recommended for children under the age of 17 due to some content intended for mature audiences.

Ha! Ha! Hartford host Damon Scott is also host of 96.5 TIC-FM’s weekday afternoon show “The Damon Scott Show with Jeannine Jersey.”  He's been in broadcasting for over 18 years. Damon is a regular contributor to the Satellite Comedy Network and operates his own production company producing commercials and imagery for stations all around the country.

Joe DeVito is smart, silly and likeable.  He performs at venues across the USA and is a regular at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.  In 2006, he was a featured performer on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.  He has also written for MTV, FUSE, Stuff Magazine and the Oscar-nominated film “Super Size Me.” In 2007, Joe appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 5,” making it all the way to the semi-finals in LA.  He is currently recurring on the Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye” and most recently seen on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Chelsea Lately,” and as a panelist on Animal Planet's “Wild 100: Top 10” and “The A-List.”  Joe will be seen on CNN’s “Not Just Another Cable News Show” in the very near future.  www.joedevito.com

Billy Garan began his career performing stand-up at Catch A Rising Star in New York City.  He expanded his career by joining a comedy troupe called Funny Business which toured hundreds of colleges throughout the country.  Billy’s staggering list of impressions is demonstrated in his “Hollywood High” routine where he plays all the characters in a classroom of celebrity students, ranging from Truman Capote to Sylvester Stallone.  He not only does the voices with superb accuracy, but also the mannerisms.  Billy’s high energy and machine gun style delivery have defined him as a unique talent having made him a valuable opening act for Robert Klein, Jay Leno, and Jerry Seinfeld.  He has produced, written and performed numerous radio commercials and has been seen doing comedy on NBC, Showtime and A&E.   His career as an actor has covered a wide range of appearances from ABC’s “Phenom” and “America’s Funniest People,” NBC’s “Saved by the Bell” and “California Dreams,” Showtime’s “Sherman Oaks,” and an ABC pilot called “Worlds Apart.” http://www.omnipop.com/artist-details.php?BID=87 or visit www.omnipop.com, then click on “Artists” and then “Billy Garan.”

Brian Kiley is “quite simply one of the country's sharpest comedy minds”… a smart, clean comic that appeals to a wide audience.  He has appeared several times on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” and he appears regularly at Caroline's Comedy Club in NYC.  He has been a staff writer for “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” since 1994, he has been nominated for 12 Emmy Awards, and he is the winner of the 2007 Emmy Award for Writing in a Comedy/Variety Series.  Other shows that Brian has appeared on include “Comedy Central Presents,” “Dr. Katz Professional Therapist,” “The CBS Morning Show,” “Spotlight Café,” “Caroline's Comedy Hour,” “Comedy On The Road,” and “An Evening at the Improv.” www.briankiley.com

About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The Bushnell is Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, hosting more than 350 events yearly, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events.  The Bushnell is home to two theaters- the historic 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall, and the 907-seat Belding Theater, a state-of-the-art performance hall that opened in 2001.  The Bushnell’s nationally-recognized arts-in-education program, PARTNERS (Partners in Arts and Education Revitalizing Schools), now in its 16th year, is a cross-community educational effort serving 15 schools in 6 districts throughout the Greater Hartford area.  The Bushnell opened in January 1930 and is a non-profit organization.  For more information, call The Bushnell at (860) 987-6000, The Bushnell Box Office at (860) 987-5900 or visit our website at www.bushnell.org.

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With support from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

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