September 1, 2014
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Johnston police suspect laughter at benefit July 27

Johnston Police suspect that people who attend a benefit show at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston on July 27 will be guilty of laughing out loud when three comedians stand up for the benefit of the charities supported by the Johnston Police I.B.P.O. Local 307.

“The show is to benefit a number of charities, churches and sports programs we support,” said Sgt. Seth Crosby, “but it also should be a pretty good show. We got three of the top comedians in Boston coming down, including Frank Santorelli, who is also the guy who played “Georgie” the bartender in ‘The Sopranos.’”

People familiar with Santorelli from the fictional “Bada-Bing Club” will be surprised at how funny he can be, especially when he describes his own streetwise persona as it encounters country pastimes, like cross-country skiing and other horrors.

“Take a Sno-Mobile,” he advises.

Also featured is Ira Proctor, a Boston native who has been described as the best evidence that Boston is home to some of the best comedians in America.

“I guess you could call my humor pretty clean,” said Proctor in an interview. “I make fun of myself a lot and the people around me. It's not topical stuff. It's more about the people I deal with ... everyday stuff people can relate to. No one wants quantum physics jokes.”

Also appearing will be Sal Votano, another who has never been accused of telling a quantum physics joke but has been known to provoke physical symptoms of hilarity in and around New England comedy clubs.

Tickets for the 21-plus show are $15 and available at the door, 60 Rhodes Place, in Cranston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30.


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