LIMA — Lima natives Buck Newman and Kyle Haunhorst teamed up three years ago to shine a spotlight on one of Lima’s underrated entertainment options — comedy.
Newman and Haunhorst have now moved to different cities but, with the help of Lima-based comedian Dan Fraley, created Beans on Parade, a live comedy show that performs in town twice a year. Saturday will be their fifth show, and they’ve moved from ArtSpace/Lima’s building to the Legacy Arts Building downtown because of its success.
“What we’re bringing to Lima is a show that’s as good as any show you’ll see anywhere in the Midwest, and really anywhere in the country. Once someone comes and sees a show, they come back and that’s why we’ve moved to Legacy Arts,” Haunhorst said. “If we were at ArtSpace, we would have already sold out.”
The show is nearing its fifth sellout as about 35 seats remain as of Monday night. Newman said the show is so popular because of the way it’s intentionally crafted.
“It’s called Beans on Parade because it’s a Lima-focused show. What we’re trying to do is import national talent because Kyle and I have networks of comedians that reach throughout the country to some degree,” he said. “What we know about Lima is that everybody is not afraid of having a good time, of laughing hard and laughing often. That’s what growing up in Lima was, a lot of hanging out with people, laughing and having a good time,”
Aside from laughs, the other purpose of the event is to support local businesses. Beans on Parade works with ArtSpace, the South Side Spartans Boxing Gym and several other organizations to put the show together. Each year, the event serves as a fundraiser for those organizations with most of the revenue going back into Lima.
This year’s show includes headliner Brian Kenny as well as standups from Newman, Haunhorst, Fraley, Dave Herron and Jodi McDermitt.
Findlay will also be host to some Saturday night comedy with the 2020 Comedy Jam at 8 p.m. at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 to $20 at mcpa.com.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.