An evening of laughs planned for Hub City Comedy Show
Laughter is the best medicine.
The comedians at the Hub City Comedy Show are prescribing it in large doses on Saturday, March 2 at 9 p.m. at the Grand Piano Ballroom in Hagerstown.
The show, which includes all local comedians from Hagerstown and surrounding areas, was coordinated by Tina Dorsey, owner of the Grand Piano Ballroom, and Jerry Harper, a comedian and host for the evening.
“She (Tina) contacted me and said ‘I’d like to bring comedy to the Grand Piano Ballroom,’” said the 39-year-old Harper during a telephone interview while at his home in Martinsburg, W.Va. “I said ‘I was more than happy to put comedians in the area together.’”
Wynn Cook, who is replacing Bryant Dozier, is scheduled to open the show followed by featured acts by Sam Cobb and Ray Jubela, and capped off by headliner, Robin Hazel. Most of the comedians have jobs aside of performing, and their comedy draws from that, Harper explained.
“I’m going to do around a six-minute set, that’s typically what you expect from a comedy host, and I’ll say jokes in between their sets,” Harper said.
“The headliner will be Robin Hazel. Robin is a mother of two, and you’re going to find personal stories of her raising her kids and her married life,” Harper said. “She does a lot of observational comedy as well.”
According to Harper, Jubela is an up-and-coming comic, who does improv in the D.C. area and travels as far as New York to perform at the Broadway Comedy Club.
Cobb, a Hagerstown native, lives to do what Harper calls comic crowd work as well as traditional comedy. He has also opened up for popular comedian Allan Sidley.
Meanwhile, Harper says that he has been doing stand-up comedy in the Hagerstown and Martinsburg areas for four years. He says his comedy draws from his past experiences in the workforce.
“Professionally I started off in the insurance business and was in it for 11 years, and decided to get out of it,” Harper explained. “Like a lot of people that change careers, I tried to assess my life and figure out what I wanted to get involved in. My brother had posted a Facebook post about a comedy open mic (night). This was in Martinsburg, but I thought it was in D.C. I asked him where he was at, and he said Dirty Dogs, which was a bar that was there at the time. So I said I’d check it out, and the rest is history.”
In addition to an evening packed with comedy, there will be food, drinks, music and a DJ.
Top photo: Robin Hazel headlines the Hub City Comedy Show on Saturday, March 2. (Submitted photo)