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August 23, 2013

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Comedy set at Belleayre Festival

Two great nights of comedy will take center stage when the Belleayre Music Festival presents with Comedy in the Catskills II with newcomer Harrison Greenbaum tonight and veteran Rita Rudner on Saturday.

Rudner began her career as a dancer, but rose to prominence a standup comic and got her first TV exposure on “Rodney Dangerfield Hosts the 9th Annual Young Comedians Special” on HBO. Her big break came on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1988.

By 1989, she had landed her first solo gig on HBO with “One Night Stand: Rita Rudner.” Two others, “Born to Be Mild” and “Rita Rudner: Married Without Children” followed. She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and specials including her latest Showtime special “Rita Rudner and 3 Potential Ex-Husbands.”

Greenbaum performed at the inaugural Comedy in the Catskills. Harrison performs in more than 600 shows a year. One of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” Harrison has received many awards and honors, including the Andy Kaufman Award for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for “Best Emerging Comic” and the Magners Comic Stand-Off.

Both shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Greenbaum show in Belleayre’s Comedy Club are $26 for general admission. The Rudner performance will be held on the main stage with tickets ranging from $46 to $66. There are no lawn seats available for this show. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster. For more information, call (800) 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit:

The festival season will conclude Aug. 31 with  The Music of Pink Floyd.

Photographers’ work to be shown

The Jill Kraft Gallery will be hosting the work of local photographer Alfredia “Freeda” Mealing today through Sept. 24.

An opening reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Artists’ Palette in downtown Norwich. The show is open to the public and will feature a variety of art, refreshments and live music by local singer/songwriter Mike Davis.

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