RI Comedy Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees


Doreen Collins for the RI Comedy Hall of FameThe seriously funny and sexy(?) Doreen Collins hosted the first RI Comedy Hall of Fame Females Night

Announcements made at the HOF’s First Ever Funniest Females Night


The packed to capacity crowd at The RI Comedy Hall of Fame’s Funniest Females comedy show last evening at The Pub on Park, Cranston proves that you don’t have to drive over the bridge to the East Bay to enjoy a night of laughs. The event, showcasing several local funny ladies (offering a $100 prize to the best act of the evening), was a huge success.

RI's Funniest Females

 Comedians Marie Forster and Martha from Olneyville (Brian Vincent)

 The show began at approximately 8:30pm, with future Comedy Hall of Famer, Doreen Collins, (Ocean State Follies/Rhode Bytes) taking the stage and, well, just being Doreen. Said Hall of Fame founder, Joe Hebert, “I didn’t have any idea of what she was going to do and I didn’t ask. It’s always best to just let Doreen do what’s in her head and don’t ask questions. She was dressed in leather pants, boots and some kind of top that pushed out her boobs. I didn’t know if she was up for some serious comedy, or had a date with a Hell’s Angel after the show.”

The estrogen-fueled comedians who took the stage after Collins were from varying degrees of comedy experience. All of them however had the power of being a woman (and the audience) behind them to perform their stand up at their very best.

Performing in the show were: Alison O’Donnell, Alessandra Grima, Jennifer Monroe-Nathans, Kelly Morse and Marie Forster.

The only performer who was suspected of being a male among the performers (aside from regional headliner, Ace Aceto) was a sprightly, sarcastic and sometimes caustic (but very funny) 82 year old performer, known simply as Martha-from Olneyville. Martha’s 15 minute set was more than well received by the capacity crowd and I believe she may have even gotten herself a few phone numbers.

Kelly Morse and Ace Aceto

 Comics Kelly Morse and Ace Aceto

Kelly Morse Wins $100

A $100 prize was awarded to the comic who made the audience laugh the hardest.In this case, it was Kelly Morse, who’s stand up truly has to be seen to be appreciated. “She’s awesome!”, Hebert remarked. “I love her!”

Doreen Collins and Ace Aceto

 2015 Inductees Doreen Collins and Ace Aceto with photobombing 2012 Inductee, Charlie Hall

Collins and Aceto To Be Inducted Into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame in  2015

Headlining the show was veteran performer Ace Aceto from North Providence. Right before Ace took the stage, both he and host Collins discovered they were going to be the 2015 Inductees into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. Aceto (creator of The Royal Flush Comedy Show) now spends a lot of time performing for college crowds and comedy clubs, but from his 35 minute act last night at the pub, its pretty apparent he likes kicking back and performing at home. From his trials and tribulations with Catholic nuns to his outstanding and dead on impersonations of local Quahog residents, the Griffith Family, Ace had the crowd from start to finish.

Said Hebert, “I’ve known Ace forever. He had a rare Friday night away from the stage,  when our headliner backed out at the last minute due to illness, he graciously offered to take her place. That’s the kind of guy he is. Another reason to honor him in the Hall of Fame this spring.”

The Pub on Park is becoming the place to go to for good food, good drink, (they have a killer, ice-cold Rocky Point Ale now on tap that is absolutely delicious) and now, stand up comedy.

Keep an eye out on this site and our Hall of Fame Facebook page for more comedy events at the Pub.




RI’s Funniest Females Tonight at Cranston’s Pub on Park

Pub on Park

The newly renovated Pub on Park in Cranston

Note: We’ve been getting calls and emails both here at the office and the Pub on Park concerning tickets for tonight’s show. We’re officially sold out, online, but if we’re able to provide additional tickets, I will let you know on this site by 1 pm today (Friday, January 23) and make them available at the door this evening.

The Pub on Park, 661 Cranston, RI is the place to be tonight at 8pm for The RI Comedy Hall of Fame’s Funniest Females Night.

The show (hosted by RI funny girl, Doreen Collins) kicks off at 8pm. The show features several RI comedians, including Marie Forester, Alison O’Donnell, Alessandra Grima, Kelly Morse, Christina Thomas and very special guest, Mary Ellen DePetrillo-Renaldi.

This event is sold out. See note above.