The New Year will be brought in with laughter throughout Anoka County.
New Year’s Eve comedy shows are planned at three locations Dec. 31.
Two shows will take place in Ham Lake, with The Stagebenders performing two shows at Majestic Oaks Golf Club and The Big and Tall New Year’s Eve Comedy Show being held at the Don Hansen VFW. The third show will feature Joe Lovitt at the Anoka American Legion.
“These shows are usually really fun,” said Scott Hansen, the comic who has set up the New Year’s Eve comedy shows.
“Audiences want to have a good time.”
The Stagebenders will perform from 7 and 9:30 p.m., with dinner served prior to the early show.
Gust Alexander and Kim Thomassen are an improvisational comedy duo that will present rapid-fire, award-winning comedy.
They are junior high school friends from Minneapolis that have been performing as The Stagebenders for 15 years.
The Stagebenders have won “The MTV Comedy Challenge” twice in a row and have appeared on “The Tonight Show,” ABC’s “America’s Funniest People,” MTV’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” the Paramount feature film “Trekkies 2” and the Coen brother’s “The Naked Man.”
Tickets for the dinner and show are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Show only tickets for both 7 and 9:30 p.m. are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Majestic Oaks Golf Club is located at 701 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.E., Ham Lake.
“Four comedians taking the stage range in height from five feet to nearly seven feet and body shapes ranging from toothpick to maple tree, take aim at the nation’s obsession with what you are on the outside,” Hansen said in a press release.
The Big and Tall New Year’s Eve Comedy Show
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.
Don Hansen VFW in Ham Lake.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Anoka American Legion
Dinner and show tickets are $24.95 in advance or $29.95 the day of the show
The Stage Benders
Dec. 31, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Dinner and show tickets are $45 in advance or $50 the day of the show.
Tickets for the 9:30 p.m. show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve comedy shows, visit www.comedygallery.com, www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006. Tickets are also available at each individual venue.
Baumgartner is a veteran of the Minnesota comedy scene and has appeared regularly with Louie Anderson.
K Jay the Comedian is a national comedy act with a laid back, witty style that focuses on topical humor, divorce court and living in North Minneapolis.
Schneider has been entertaining Twin Cities audiences for decades, first as a musician in rock and pop bands, then as a solo jazz pianist and now as a stand-up comic.
Blaylock is an Anoka woman who started in comedy in the last few years.
“She will have you smiling and laughing at her and with her,” Hansen said.
Tickets for the Big and Tall show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Don Hansen VFW is located at 17438 Baltimore St., Ham Lake.
Lovitt will bring his comedy talents to Anoka New Year’s Eve for an 8 p.m. show at the American Legion.
Lovitt has spent the last 15 years making a name for himself as a thinking man’s stand-up comic who works both clever and clean.
He has appeared on Twin Cities Stand-Up, Real Comedy and Comedy Central.
Dinner will be available prior to the show.
Dinner and show tickets are $24.95 in advance and $29.95 the day of the show.
The Anoka American Legion is located at 401 W. Main St., Anoka.