Waves of Laughter us coming to a screen near you
East Providence comedian, writer, and filmmaker, Dan O’Brien, (along with Jesse Dufault and Tim Lebonte) are currently editing their documentary covering the history of stand-up comedy in Rhode Island.
The RI Comedy Hall of Fame is excited (and proud) to participate in this project with its current (and future) inductees.
To be perfectly honest, we don’t know what’s coming, but if this first cousin to the Farrelly Brothers is involved, don’t expect anything but the best.
The Family Guy Writer/Executive Producer’s Induction was Top Secret
The Park Theatre and Event Center in Cranston hosted a show of epic proportions on Saturday, February 11, 2023.
It was a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Steve Smith & The Nakeds, recent inductees to the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Opening the show were Newport’s own The Cowsills and Smith’s younger brother Danny, executive producer of Fox’s Family Guy.
Part of the show was the induction of Danny Smith to the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame for his Outstanding Contributions to Comedy in the Ocean State following his hour-long trip down comedy lane.
The induction was a stealth operation, arranged by Steve, Ed Brady, owner of the Park Theatre and Event Center, and Joe Hebert, founder of the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. “Steve wanted Danny’s induction to be a complete surprise,” said Hebert. “He was worried about it getting out to the media and spoiling it.”
Hebert called Hall of Fame member, Charlie Hall. He got to work, delivering an amazing portrait of Danny to add to the Hall of Fame Wall next door to the theatre at the Comedy Park. Hall does all the caricatures – including his own.
“I asked RICHOF members, Frank O’Donnell (the body model for Family Guy’s Peter Griffin – still in litigation), Ace Aceto, and Charlie Hall to co-present the event,” said Hebert.
Danny was pleased with his induction, but after seeing his portrait quipped, “I’ve got to lose some weight.”
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You can visit the RI Comedy Hall of Fame, located in the Comedy Park, at the Historic Park Theatre and Event Center, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI.
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Poppy Champlin will be inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame in May
Poppy Champlin tickets for her upcoming RI Comedy Hall of Fame Induction are NOW ON SALE!
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling John Perrotta at (401) 639-7726 for the May 20, 2023 event at The Comedy Park, 848 Park Ave., Cranston. RI at 7:30pm. (Visa and Mastercard accepted)
Tickets are Limited
There are a limited number of tickets for sale and we expect them to sell out quickly. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to purchase early.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that RI’s reigning Queen of South County comedy, will be inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame in 2023
“The first time I saw Poppy Champlin perform was in 1980,” said Joe Hebert, founder, and roastmaster of the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. ” I was 17 years old and was able to sneak into a club in Newport to see a comedy show. So there’s this woman on the show doing this never-ending comedy bit about fish. My first thought was why? But the material was absolutely hysterical and made me an instant Poppy fan. I don’t know if she’s still doing her fish jokes, but I’m going to request it at her induction. (Be warned, Poppy!)
Entering the stand-up comedy field, five years later, I had the opportunity to work with Poppy numerous times at clubs and parties all over the state. She was not only funny on stage she was a pleasure to work with. I remember her as being one of the nicest people ever.
Fast forward 100 years, I receive a call from Poppy, who asked me to headline her show at the Pump House in Kingston. It had been forever since I’d seen her perform. Not only did she do some hilarious stand-up, but she sang AND danced in her act. The sold-out audience loved her. And so did I. It was that evening I asked her to take her rightful place in the RI Comedy Hall of Fame. She graciously accepted. Poppy Champlin will be the third woman inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Rhode Islanders, Ruth Buzzi, and Doreen Collins. Poppy Champlin loves what she does, and it shows.”
Poppy Champlin is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Theatre. She went on to the Famed Chicago Second City Training Center in 1988 and from there, Tinsel Town was the obvious next stop on her list. Champlin worked her craft with tenacity and has deep comedic chops. She has performed for troops in both Japan and Korea, has opened for such great comedians as Bill Maher, Ray Ramano, Denis Leary, Bill Hicks, Rosie O’Donnell, and many more. Her club appearances range from Gotham and The Comedy Cellar in NYC to The Improv, The Comedy Store, and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, and too many to list in between.
Poppy was crowned America’s Funniest Real Woman on The Joan Rivers Show and then featured on Entertainment Tonight. Her television appearances include; Showtime, LOGO, Comics Unleashed, Comedy Central, VH-1, HBO and the ultimate, Oprah Winfrey. Poppy has without a doubt broken ahead of the pack.
In Los Angeles, she was a staff writer for Fox’s Show Me The Funny and got into the Writers Guild of America.
She is also the producer of her own tour called, The Queer Qomedy Queens, now in its thirteenth year.
Poppy’s observational style of humor tackles tough subjects with ease. In this comedian’s hands, we can laugh at life’s most formidable perils… and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all. Now, residing in Rhode Island, she runs a room in Kingston, RI. at the Pumphouse as well as teaching a 6-week class in stand-up and touring the country with her comedy show.
“Poppy is a freakin’ ball of comedic thunder,” says one fan.
The Induction of Poppy Champlin
Poppy’s induction into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Comedy Park, (located inside the Historic Park Theatre), Cranston, at 7pm. (Doors at 6pm) Tickets are $25 and ARE ON SALE NOW! Please call 401-639-7726 for tickets and info. (Visa and Mastercard accepted)
Hosting the event will be RI’s own, Charlie Hall, with special appearances by Doreen Collins and John Perrotta.
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Stand Up Sunday
Join the RI Comedy Hall of Fame’s own John Perrotta on Sunday, December 11, 2023 at The Comedy Park, located in the beautifully restored Historic Park Theatre and Event Center, 848 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI at 7pm. (Doors open at 6pm), for Stand Up Sunday. Connecticut’s Scott Higgins headlines and Carolyn Gifford hosts the event. $10 gets you inside.
Be sure to check out the Bananagrams RI Comedy Hall of Fame while you’re there!
For more information, call John Perrotta at (401) 639-7726
The $200 Comedy Course Begins 9/12/22
Join us for our 5th class before we sell out. There are a few seats left. Find out why our graduates return year after year and retake this exciting comedy course.
Call John at (401) 639-7736 to register today.
Doug Ouimette Presents…
Don’t miss John Perrotta, (The Italian Don Rickles), along with comedians, Joanna Raposa, Tyler Hittner, Doug Ouimette and Rockin’ Joe Hebert, live inside the Mystic Luxury Cinemas at Olde Mistick Village. on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 8:30pm.
Tickets are $15 General Admission and can be purchased here.
John Perrotta has performed at the NYC Friars Club and has opened for such comedy superstars as Bill Burr.
A Doug Ouimette Production
From the RI Blogger
Thank you Gary Santos for the awesome article on the upcoming induction of Cranston’s Al Ducharme, and the history of the RI Comedy Hall of Fame in RI Blogger.