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Chucks a-plenty promised by Puck n' Funny

Returning to Stoughton for their second year, the travelling comedy troupe of Puck n' Funny is coming back to town to bring some irreverent mirth.

Returning to Stoughton for their second year, the travelling comedy troupe of Puck n' Funny is coming back to town to bring some irreverent mirth.

Put on by the Stoughton pool committee, the evening event is a fundraiser for the community's pool facility.

After a banner year at the pool, organizer Jeff Laforet says the need to support the pool is as important as ever.

"We had a great summer, and a lot of folks from Stoughton and other communities came out to help make it through some of the hotter days of the year at the pool," Laforet said. "People like having the facility available, so after the great show Puck n' Funny held for us last year, we have invited them back to do another show."

Puck n' Funny is the brainchild of Saskatchewan-based comedian Mike Simmonds.

"We aim to bring some really great entertainers out to communities when we show up," Simmonds said. "Our goal is to make sure that, if you figure out your price of admission based on how much you laugh, it should only be pennies per giggle."

"This year we have a great line-up coming out to the Stoughton show, including Mike Dambra from Rochester, NY, Paul Voisard of Saskatoon, and myself," Simmonds said. "Last year, due to competing engagements, I wasn't able to come to the show myself, but after everyone told me what a great time they had in Stoughton, and how great the audience was, I couldn't miss it this year."

Puck n' Funny, which has been supported by several notables including hockey legend Don Cherry, specializes in fundraiser events.

"We believe in helping communities help themselves by bringing some humour into the mix," Simmonds said. "The laughter really helps the cause, and there are a lot of good causes."

Simmonds warns people that attending this event would require them to bring along some tissues, as Dambra, a relative newcomer to the Puck n' Funny group, has left audiences crying and gasping in laughter all over the province and beyond.

"Being a comedian myself, I can usually detach myself," Simmonds explained. "I don't usually laugh when I am by myself."

"But when I heard a tape of Dambra, I couldn't help myself," Simmonds said. "I'm sure my neighbours thought I was looney, laughing to myself all alone in my place."

The Puck n' Funny show will take place in Stoughton on Friday, Oct. 22.

Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

The show is due to start at 8:30 p.m. to be followed by a community dance.

"We have had a lot of support for the pool this year, and we are looking forward to having a great night on the 22nd," Laforet said. "We will also have numerous auction items, provided by supporters like Gillis Power Tongs and the Pearl Boutique, amongst many others."

"Gillis has actually stepped forward to sponsor the entire show that evening," Laforet said. "And of course that will be the highlight, have a great night of laughter."

Tickets for the event are still available.

For further information contact the Stoughton town office at 457-2413.

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