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Comedy for a cause

Get ready to laugh.

On Saturday, Wisconsin-based comedian Mike Marvell will be the featured performer during the Creston Park & Rec Comedy Show 5 p.m. Saturday at Eagles Club No. 1398.

Marvells is a described as a “hilarious” entertainer that has the gift to entertain without offending his audience. To understand Marvell’s comedy show is to understand and reflect upon a life similar to that of others – work, family and the funny stuff that just happens.

“This is my life – and my comedy,” Marvells said. “It all revolves around my wife Alyce and our three kids … change the channel … get me another beer … and NO – we’re not watching @#&^%@# Barney again. I love them and spend a lot of time with them … I hope to hear from you soon so I have the chance to escape the cuckoo’s nest for a while.”

Mike Marvell was a finalist in the Comedy 10K, and the Nashville Comedy Competition. He’s opened for comedians Rocky Laporte, Jim Belushi, Frank Caliendo, just to name a few. You may have heard him on Bob and Tom Radio, or several other syndicated stations.

The goal of this event is to raise funds for the McKinley Lake restoration project. Kawa said a comedian was brought in to bring different entertainment to Creston.

“We’ve done 13 concerts, 14 or 15 festivals, bowling tournaments been going on for at least 13 years,” said Kawa. “With this, we just dreamed up something to do in the wintertime when nobody was doing anything. Winter is kind of boring in Iowa, so we thought February would be a good time to do something nobody else does, and nobody else does a comedy night.”

The event – which Kawa said averages 200 people – will also feature an auction and a prime rib dinner.

“This comedian we have this year we have been trying to get for three years and he is supposed to be really good.”

Tickets to the show are $30 and can be purchased at the door or by calling Creston Parks & Rec.

“An auction, show and dinner for 30 bucks,” said Kawa. “I don’t know if you can beat that. If you want to see a comedy show, you usually have to go to Des Moines and pay $30 to get in the door. You have no dinner, you have nothing else, so obviously it’s a good deal for Creston if people get out and enjoy it.”

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