The Frank O’Donnell Roast is Saturday, October 4, 2014

Comedian Frank O'Donnell

Tickets Available August 14th

Frank O’Donnell is being inducted into The RI Comedy Hall of Fame and he wants you to join him at 8pm,  Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the beautiful, brand new Vet’s Ballroom (upstairs) from the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, for his comedy roast celebration.

Says RICHOF founder, Joe Hebert, “Frank is one of the founding fathers of stand up in Rhode Island. I say that for two reasons. 1.) It’s true 2.) He hates when I say it. Frank was instrumental in the beginnings of stand up at the former Periwinkles Comedy Club in the early 80′s and through his comedy boot camp, has helped hundreds of amateur comics write their first jokes and perform on an actual comedy stage. From stand-up comedian to newspaper columnist to radio host to actor. Frank has done a lot to make Rhode Island laugh. And how do we repay him? By roasting him until he sizzles.” 

Charlie Hall

The evening will be hosted by RI Comedy Hall of Fame member, Charlie Hall.

Roasters scheduled to appear include:

Jim O’ Donnell, (Frank’s brother and tormentor), Everyone’s favorite drag queen, Kitty Litter Steve MacDonald, (Jim Shorts of WHJJ-WHJY), Cat Country’s Brian Mulhern, long time friend/actor Connie Anderson, Comedians John Morris and Rockin’ Joe Hebert  and a special appearance by RI Secretary of State, Ralph Mollis (plus a few unannounced added surprises!)

Tickets are $35 (with a portion of the proceeds going to the Keri Anne O’Donnell Scholarship Fund)  and will be available on Thursday August 14, 2014.  Get your tix online at the Vet’s websiteby calling 401-421-ARTS. You can also visit the PPAC Box Office and purchase them there.

The RICHOF’s last three events sold out and we don’t expect this one to be any different. Tickets are limited, so you’re encouraged to get them early to avoid disappointment.


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Dana Nathanson Joins RIHOF’s Board of Directors

Dana NathansonDana Nathanson joins RI Comedy Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors

RI Comedy Hall of Fame Founder, Joe Hebert announced this afternoon that former Comedy Connection Manager, Dana Nathanson has become the first member of the newly forming RICHOF Board of Directors.

The RI Comedy Hall of Fame has held 3 sold out shows since forming in 2011,” says Hebert. “It takes a lot of  smart, talented and organized individuals to run one of our events. The last show was the Tom Cotter  induction in April. When you deal with a national act like Cotter, you deal with his manager, his publicist, the press, etc. and you have to make sure everything goes perfectly and everyone is happy. The show was extremely successful, but afterward, I was exhausted. I decided to assemble a few trusted, knowledgeable people who know the comedy business to help keep me on track and use their talents and skills to help the HOF bring you bigger and better shows. Dana Nathanson was my first choice and I’m happy to say, she accepted.”

“I’ve known Dana for over 20 years, Hebert continued. To put it bluntly, She knows her shit. She was the full time manager at The Comedy Connection back in the day when I was working for them, The woman wore a zillion hats, She knows the business inside and out  and I’m extremely fortunate to have her at my right hand.

Who’s going to join Dana on the Board of Directors?

“I have some people in mind” says Hebert. “You’ll find out as soon as I do.”