Laughter the key for Pandora event

By James Luksic - [email protected]






From left, Barr, King and Knope

PANDORA — Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center’s first official Comedy Night is slated for 5:30 p .m. Saturday.

Longtime comic Corey King — who has been tickling funny bones professionally for 17 years — will emcee the sold-out event that he also helped organize.

“Corey has an infectious energy and quick wit that make you relate directly to his experiences,” said Gina Schlumbohm, scheduling secretary for the venue, located at 301 N. Jefferson St., Pandora.

Among the comedians joining him on stage will be Mark Knope and Jacob Barr.

Schlumbohm said that even though Comedy Night is the first of its kind for Pandora, such an evening had been on her mind for some time.

“We’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a few years, and we’ve finally been able to get everything put together,” she said.

Initially, a hundred customers were expected to be on hand, but now Schlumbohm estimated Saturday’s attendance to be just shy of 200 people in attendance.

“It seems that people are excited for something different in the Pandora and Gilboa communities,” she said.

One of the entertainers looking to provide variety will be King, whose voice was heard on the 92.5 KissFM morning show for almost a decade.

King expressed excitement when Comedy Night organizers approached him about the prospect of such an affair in Pandora.

“I love small towns and the contagious energy a small-town crowd brings to comedy shows,” he said.

What does King enjoy most about his profession?

“The fact that I can drink on the job helps,” he joked, “but nothing brings me more happiness than the sound of laughter.”

Knope, a Detroit native who resides in Toledo, has been on the stand-up circuit since 1986. The bio on his website describes Knope as a “born-again bachelor.”

Schlumbohm said Barr has performed professionally since 2015 and “has a very bright future.”

Harlan’s BBQ & Catering will serve meals for the Saturday evening spectacle.

Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center is a nonprofit organization, according to Schlumbohm, that is striving to come up with more events “to raise money to keep our building in great shape.”

“As long as this Comedy Night goes well,” she added, “we’ll definitely have it as an annual event.”

From left, Barr, King and Knope left, Barr, King and Knope

By James Luksic

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