Comedy Night – July 24 – $20
Outdoor stand-up comedy returns to Mass Music & Arts Society with two shows on Saturday, July 24, featuring Jimmy Dunn, one of the most popular headliners in Boston, who gained a national profile as a cast member of CBS’s “The McCarthys,” Letterman and Conan. The outdoor shows will be held at 888 South Main St., Mansfield (across from the XFinity Center), at 6 and 8 p.m.
Dunn appears with three other Boston comedians: Jeff Koen, Jim Ruberti and host Dave Rattigan. The show is presented by MMAS and Scamps Comedy Productions.
Tickets are $20 per person, and patrons can look toward the stage and the picturesque Norton Reservoir. Cooked food will be available for purchase at 5 p.m., then 7:30 p.m., prior to each show. Food donations benefit Dana Farber’s Pan Mass Challenge. Beer and wine will also be available, with proceeds benefiting MMAS. There will be a tent to protect the audience in case of rain.
Many of our audience members said that getting out of their homes and coming to our shows last summer was a great release for them on Saturday nights, even if they were sitting in their cars or on lawn chairs in a parking lot. This year we’ve made some changes that will enhance the audience experience. People are really going to have a great time.”Ken Butler, executive director, MMAS
Other dates for standup comedy this summer are August 7 and August 21.
About the comedians
Jimmy Dunn was a cast member in the CBS comedy “The McCarthys,” based on creator Brian Gallivan’s Dedham-based family. Dunn played Sean McCarthy, based on Gallivan’s brother Sean. He’s a comedian and comedy writer with several national TV appearances as a stand-up (Letterman, Conan, Amazon Prime) and writer (Peter Farrelly’s “Loudermilk” on Amazon Prime). He and fellow comedian Tony V. have a podcast, “Two Boston Guys Whack Up a Pie,” and the two perform together frequently. He’s also known to many watchers of NESN, where he’s appeared in a variety of roles, including the wise-cracking voice of the Sox Appeal dating show, interview segments on the Red Sox Pre-Game Show, as host of the classic sports highlight show “Fan Attic,” and as “Jimmy the Cabbie” in a series of Olympia Sports commercials that ran on Red Sox broadcasts.
Jeff Koen’s family was on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and won $10,000. Can anything be more glamorous than that? Koen often works the clubs and theaters of New England, is a regular performer on the Hampton Beach (NH) Comedy Festival 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 cult film “Heavy Times,” which gained him fans from all of the world, though not many in any one country. “A guy from Sri Lanka wanted to visit me and stay at my house,” he said. “All he needed me to do was write a letter to the prime minister.”
Barnstable resident Jim Ruberti is a Boston comedian and actor who has been entertaining people for over 30 years, starting as a child in the theaters of Cape Cod performing with Broadway actors such as John Raitt or Theordore Bikel, and progressing into roles as an adult at venues like the Barnstable Comedy Club. He has been a comic fundraising auctioneer and event host for more than 10 years, and a stand-up comedian working stages around New England. As a stand-up, he’s shared the stage with Boston headliners such as Lenny Clarke, Steve Sweeney, Paul Nardizzi, Mike McDonald, Dave Rattigan and Steve Bjork.
Dave Rattigan is the regular host of MMAS comedy shows. His CD (Dave Rattigan: Thinks He’s Funny) has received airplay on Sirius satellite radio and other stations and podcasts, and his video clips run on NickMom.com and RooftopComedy.com. He’s made appearances on the syndicated Steve Katsos Show, and lent his voice to the animated Drill Booth, scheduled for 2020 release. He’s performed in Ireland at the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, and at the Hampton Beach (NH) Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, and the Women in Comedy Festival. He has spent the past 15 months working on a YouTube series and growing his hair.