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Comedy Night Fundraiser at Canton Public Library

It’s winter, and it’s dark and cold out. We all need to lighten our moods and have a good laugh. The antidote is to join the Friends of the Canton Public Library for the second annual Comedy Night Fundraiser on Saturday evening, February 24th, featuring comedian Mark Riley, with Jimmy Dunn to open the show at the library.

This year there will be two shows, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. (doors open 45 minutes before each performance). Tickets are going quickly for the 7:00 p.m. show! There will be a cash bar and complimentary snacks, as well as a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Library’s Maker Space. Look for Friends of the Library selling raffle tickets on Saturdays beginning January 20. All proceeds will benefit Library programs and initiatives.

Tickets for this 21+ event are $35 plus Eventbrite fees in advance and $40 at the door (if still available). Tickets may be obtained at

Mark Riley is one of the top headlining acts in the Boston comedy scene. His unique perspective on everyday situations combined with his sharp observational humor keeps audiences in stitches. Mark fine-tuned his comedic talents in various coliseums and “ice barns” throughout the country when he traveled as a professional ice hockey referee. He was a stellar employee of the NHL for one whole week before he was fired. It was at that moment Mark realized he was better on stage rather than the ice. Mark co-authored the movie script “Penalty Box” based on his life in pro hockey. He was a finalist in the 2016 Boston Comedy Festival. He is currently publishing his first book and has many television appearances including NESN and Dirty Water TV.

Jimmy Dunn currently plays Moose in the hit series Frasier. He got his start in comedy telling jokes in a bar in Gloucester, where he was paid in beer and fried clams. Since then, he has performed at many prestigious comedy events, including the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Montreal’s International Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and Denis Leary’s Comic’s Come Home in Boston. Jimmy played Sea McCarthy in The McCarthys TV show and has written several TV projects including two episodes of Loudermilk (co-written with Academy Award winner Peter Farrelly.

The Friends provide important support for programming, services, and equipment not available through the Library's municipal budget. For information on different available Memberships and more about Friends of the Library go to

Thanks to Friends of the Canton Public Library for sharing this news with Westwood Minute.

Photo courtesy of Friends of the Canton Public Library. Pictured is local comedian Mark Riley, who is featured in the second annual Stand Up Comedy Night at Canton Public Library.
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