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Live stand-up comedy featuring Chicago comedians planned for Saturday in Princeton

PRINCETON — Comedian Jeff Arcuri returns as the headline performer for Comedy Night at the Grace Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, with shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Festival 56’s night of stand-up comedy will be hosted by Adam Burke and feature Arcuri, Nate Burrows and Alex Kumin. The shows will be R-rated due to language and sexual content.

Arcuri, whom the Chicago Tribune calls “a joke machine,” was recently featured in a production called The Social Takeover, during which audience members logged onto their Facebook pages and let comedians take over for an hour. Known for his incisive humor and use of subtle naivety, he is a draw at venues that include The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Bar and Zanies Comedy Club.

Burke was voted Best Standup in Chicago in 2014 by readers of the Chicago Reader. Originally from the UK, Burke has become a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases and is known for his absurdist, verbose comedy. He has appeared on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore., and has been part of the Just for Laughs Chicago festival for four years running. He released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012.

Burrows is a Chicago native who has entertained audiences at Chicago Underground Comedy, Bare Knuckle Comedy, and The Portage Theater. He has also appeared on the podcast The Stand-up Chronicles with Joe Roderick. He considers himself an extrovert comedian who finds comedy a lot of fun and enjoys open mics because they push a comedian to be creative.

Kumin, the fourth performer for the evening, is a co-producer of Cole’s Chicago Cabaret and a cast member of The Lincoln Lodge, the longest-running independent stand-up comedy showcase in the country. Chicago Magazine praises her for her “unapologetic honesty” as she tackles heavy-hitting social issues that range from gender equality to thigh chaffing. One of the fastest-rising comedians in Chicago, she has also appeared in Accidental Comedy Fest, Limestone Comedy Festival, and The Chicago Comedy Expo.

Admission for Comedy Night is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. All seating is reserved. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 815-879-5656, Ext. 11, online at www.festival56.com, or via email at boxoffice@festival56.com.

The theatre is located at 316 S. Main St. in Princeton and seats approximately 150 people. The venue is completely accessible with ample parking nearby. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for sale at the lobby bar. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. and again at approximately 9:45 p.m. Doors to the theatre open at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. For further information, call the box office at 815-879-5656.

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