Bobby Collins in Rhode Island: September 26, 2021

Bobby Collins in RI

Join the hysterical Bobby Collins when he visits Rhode Island on Sunday, September 26, 2021 for a one night, very special appearance at the Knights of Columbus Hall. 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick RI.

Appearing with Bobby Collins will be comedians, Johnny Pizzi, John Perrotta and Rockin’ Joe Hebert.

Doors open at 6pm. Showtime 7pm.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling John Perrotta’s Comedy Factory at 401-639-7726

This show will sell out. We recommend purchasing your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


Booking Comedians for Any Occasion

Charlie Hall, Doreen Collins and Ace Aceto
Charlie Hall, Doreen Collins, and Ace Aceto are just three of the many comedians available to hire from the RI Comedy Hall of Fame.

The RI Comedy Hall of Fame is Open

It’s great to see everything opening up once again and the RI Comedy Hall of Fame is ready to book your next comedy show or fundraiser.

Our RI comics are the best of the best and available for any occasion.

It looks like it will be a busy Fall ahead, so early booking is encouraged.

Call Dana Nathanson now at 401-261-3120 for more information.

Bobby Braciola to be Inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame

bobby braciola

Cranston Native to be honored in November

Cranston, RI native (and Sony recording artist) Bobby Braciola will be inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Braciola is being honored for his outstanding contributions to comedy in the Ocean State.

Braciola, responsible for such hits as Chooch to Gooch , I’m a Spaccone, and Everyone’s Italian on Christmas Eve will be the headlining performer, along with host, John Perrotta and specialty act, The Prince of Mystery.


The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 475 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI on 11/13/21. The event begins at 8pm (Doors open at 7pm) with limited seating.


Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling John Perrotta at 401-639-7726.

All tickets must be purchased in advance. NO TICKETS WILL BE HELD OR AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR.

Don’t be a Chooch! Do not miss this once in a lifetime performance.

Perfect for your Comedy Fundraiser

Music, Magic Mayhem


Music, Mystery & Mayhem

Rockin’ Joe Hebert,  The Prince of Mystery, and John Perrotta have never been what you may call cookie cutter comics. However, they have solid on-stage chemistry and love working together. The three performers have packaged their own 90 minute, high energy, freak show, especially for fundraisers, group functions and other events. It’s called Music, Mystery and Mayhem and they’re available now,

Call 401-261-3120

How to Hire the Best Comedian for your Event

Hire a RI Comedy Hall of Fame Comedian
John Perrotta-RI Comedy Hall of Fame
Comedian John Perrotta for the RI Comedy Hall of Fame

Hire the Right Comedian or Pay the Price

It’s easy to hire a stand-up comedian for your event. Comedians are everywhere. They lurk in the shadows waiting for their not yet paid for IPhone 7’s to ring and be offered work. Facebook is full of stand-up comedians, as are entertainment booking sites, such as Gig Salad and the Bash.

Just about every place you look, you’ll be able to find a stand-up comedian. Finding a good stand-up comedian, however, can be a challenge. You’ll need to do some research before handing over your money to just anyone with a cheap suit and a microphone.


Stand-up comedians are not created equal.

There are no requirements necessary before referring to yourself as a stand-up comedian. There are no special licenses or permits. You can perform at one show in front of four people and call yourself a comedian, or you can perform hundreds of shows over many years, perfect your craft, and call yourself a stand-up comedian. That’s where the confusion comes in and that’s why doing some homework before you begin looking for your comedy entertainment will ensure you hire the very best talent for your event.

Comedian Rockin' Joe Hebert
Comedian Joe Hebert, owner of the RI Comedy Hall of Fame

5 Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Stand Up Comedian

1.) How long have you been performing stand-up comedy?

If the comedian is your main entertainment for the evening, nothing less than 10 years of steady stand-up work is an acceptable answer. (There are exceptions, of course, but 10 years is a good rule of thumb.)

2.) Do you have a video I can look at so I can see if you’re a good fit for my event?

No video? No job.

3.) Can you provide references from people you’ve worked for in the past?

A no answer to this question should signal a red flag. Every comedian should be able to provide at least 5 references from satisfied customers.

4.) Can you work clean?

Depending on the event you are planning this is a crucial question. If you’re looking for someone to perform at your best friend’s bachelor party, you may not care if the comedian you’re considering can work clean. However, if you’re planning an event for your office, your church group, or your Aunt Ethel’s 90th birthday party, you want a comedian who can work 100% clean. No cursing, no sex jokes, and nothing that would embarrass you or your guests. If your comedian cannot work clean, I suggest you keep looking.

5.) Do you have an appropriate sound system?

This is such an important question, I’ve saved it for last. The comedian you hire MUST have a professional sound system, (Speakers, amp, microphones, stands) before you make an agreement. A sound system is usually the last thing a person thinks about before hiring a comedian and it’s one of the most important. A customer simply assumes a stand-up comedian has their own PA system, much in the way you assume a plumber has his own wrench. Pros have their own sound system.


Money is a major consideration when hiring stand-up comedians. Rates for scomedians can be all over the place. I’ve seen comedians ask for as little as $25 to as much as $1500.

What I do suggest, is starting with a budget in mind and working from there. As with most things, (and it’s especially true in stand-up comedy), you get what you pay for. If you’re hiring for an important event, a lower price may sound attractive, but when it comes to showtime, you may wish you had paid extra for a true professional.

Questions About Hiring a Stand-Up Comedian?

If you still have questions, (or are in need of a professional stand up comedian for your upcoming event) call Dana at the RI Comedy Hall of Fame: 401-261-3120.