ARC annual Comedy Night to be held Feb. 16 at Portuguese Club

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Hudson/Marlborough – The eighth annual Comedy Night Benefit will be held Friday, Feb. 16, at the Hudson Portuguese Club, 13 Port St. The event, being held in support of the Addiction Referral Center (ARC) of Marlborough, will include lots of laughs, refreshments, raffles and prizes. Entertainers include popular comedians Carolyn Riley, Bill Simas, Mike Murray and Jeff Koen.

Former University of New Hampshire Funniest Student Award winner Carolyn Riley (2016) has made a big splash on the Boston comedy scene. She’s been on Sirius Satellite Radio, opened for national headliners including Juston McKinney and Jimmy Dunn, and was selected to perform at the 2015 and 2017 Hampton Beach Comedy Festival. She’s a regular at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge.

Bill Simas takes passion to the next level with his storytelling style and energy-laced shows. A member of the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame, he has worked at top clubs and casinos in Rhode Island and around New England. Crowds relate to his funny and truthful stories on subjects from dating to marriage, parenting, divorced life, travel and weight gain.

Mike Murray, a.k.a. “The Deaf Comic,” was hearing impaired until the age of 40. His cochlear implants brought him into the hearing world and onto the comedy stage where he shares his unique experience with laughter and an infectious smile. He’s been seen at The Cabot Performing Arts Center (Beverly), The Comic Strip in NYC, and The Comedy Connection in Providence.

Jeff Koen often works the clubs and theaters of New England with Juston McKinney, and is in constant demand as an actor on independent film projects. He’s known for his portrayal of one of the characters in the online cartoon “Man Servants,” and for playing the offensive Uncle Rick in the 2010 cult film “Heavy Times.”

For further information on sponsorships, program ads, tickets or table reservations, contact Ernie Kapopoulos, 978-273-6710 or Tracey Gustafson, 978-257-6959. Tickets are $20 each if purchased in advance and $25 at the door.

The ARC is a nonprofit corporation that provides intervention and aftercare support services to individuals in the greater Marlborough area who are in recovery or seeking to begin recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Established more than 40 years ago, the ARC provides a 24-hour hotline, 34 on-site self-help meetings, and a drop-in center for those in recovery, to learn new skills and build economic security and self-sufficiency. The ARC is located at 33 Main St., Marlborough.