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Pair of National Comedians Headline 10th Annual Comedy Night

Carthage Area Hospital Foundation Sets the Stage for Laughter with April 7 Fundraiser

The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation is excited to announce its lineup of nationally acclaimed comedians scheduled to perform at the 10th annual Comedy Night on Saturday, April 7, at the Carthage Elks Lodge, 511 Fulton St.

Celebrating a decade of bringing live, stand-up comedy to Carthage, this year’s event will feature the professional comedic talents of national and New York City circuit comedians Kerri Louise and Kevin Bartini.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available for purchase through Friday, March 30. Call 315-493-0114, or visit, to RSVP and secure tickets. Dinner is included.

Kerri Louse was a finalist on NBC’s hit show “Last Comic Standing” and quickly established herself as a “comic to watch” in the top New York City comedy clubs and national and international comedy festivals like Montreal, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and, most recently, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

Kevin Bartini gained an early reputation as a talented stand-up act in the top comedy clubs of New York City while studying with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Jon Stewart, former host of “The Daily Show,” discovered Bartini and later hired him to warm up his audiences. Critics have noted Bartini’s “infectious energy and fast wit,” which make him a unique talent.

“We have a very fun show on tap for our 10th anniversary and look forward to entertaining a full house at the Elks Lodge,” said Natalie Burnham, Carthage Area Hospital Foundation executive director. “Comedy Night is a great time to break free from our long winter’s cabin fever and support the advancement of local health care in our communities.”

The Foundation’s popular spring event has gained traction as an evening of community fellowship and laughter with proceeds benefitting Carthage Area Hospital. Money raised from Comedy Night is used to help purchase needed equipment for the hospital that supports quality local patient care.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, with a mixer followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and featured show at 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy a buffet of salad and fresh bread and oil, choice of marinated chicken, beef with mushrooms, haddock with blush sauce or vegetarian rigatoni, and mixed vegetables and roasted potatoes. Coffee, tea and water are included and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. A celebration of the last 10 decades will feature special cocktails available for purchase and patrons will be able to bid on nearly two-dozen gift baskets packed with great prizes during a pre-show auction.

Comedy Night is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Slack Chemical and many other local and regional business partners, including: Carthage Savings and Loan Association, AmeriCU Credit Union, CREG Systems, Foy Benefits Inc., Lunco Corp, Anne Rohr, Carthage Area Hospital Medical Staff, Community Bank, Northern Credit Union, IMEC, Carthage Auto Repair & Service Center, Wilcox Wealth Management/Northwestern Mutual — Brian Wilcox, Johnson Lumber Mill, RBC Wealth Management, Fuller Insurance Agency, Barrett Paving Materials and the Pleasant Night Inn.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call the Foundation, 315-493-0114 to learn how your business can support Comedy Night or other Carthage Area Hospital Foundation events.

About the Performers

Kerri_Louise, New York City

Bio: Kerri Louise is a versatile comedic performer who entertains audiences with high-energy, warmth and razor-edge wit while combining hysterical stories, original humor and boisterous characters. She recently filmed the hit new stand-up show “Gotham Live” on AXS-TV. Kerri was a regular correspondent on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which lead her to be a guest on the very first episode of “The Dr. OZ Show.” NBC took Kerri all the way to the finals on the show “Last Comic Standing.” Her performance on that show prompted The Women’s Entertainment Network to make her the star of her own reality show called “TWO FUNNY.” She has also appeared on TV Guide’s “Stand-Up In Stilettos,” NBC’s “The Apprentice,” “The Montel Show,” Nickelodeon’s “Nick Mom Night Out,” Comedy Central, NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” and ABC’s “The View” among others. Her movie debut in “The Next Karate Kid” fueled her addiction to show business and led her to move from her native Boston to New York City where she quickly established herself as a player in top comedy clubs and festivals like Montreal, HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and most recently the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.


Kevin Bartini, New York City

Bio: Kevin Bartini is the intelligently silly funnyman for the every man. His likeable, laid-back demeanor is often cast aside when his acerbic and irreverent impulse takes over. He has an infectious energy and a lightning fast wit that makes him a unique talent both on stage and off. After establishing himself in the top comedy clubs of New York City and studying with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Kevin was discovered by Jon Stewart, who hired him to warm up his audiences at “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Today, Kevin can be seen warming up audiences for Comedy Central’s “The Opposition” with Jordan Klepper and ABC’s “Match Game” with Alec Baldwin, “The Nightly Show” with Larry Wilmore and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” among others. As a classically trained stage actor, Kevin got his start in theater in Berkshire County, working with the likes of The Williamstown Theater Festival, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare and Company where he also serves as an advisory board member. Besides performing as a comedian and actor, Kevin is a comedy writer whose work has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, and MSNBC. He garnered international attention over the course of three years while leading a successful campaign to co-name West 121 Street in New York City after his hero, George Carlin.

About the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation

The Carthage Area Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation that promotes charitable gifts to ensure continued excellence in community health care. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that the Carthage area retains a local hospital that delivers quality, primary health care to the local community and its neighbors.

About Carthage Area Hospital

Carthage Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties. The hospital formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Syracuse, in 2017.

The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, neurosurgical care, physical therapy and behavioral health.