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Tolland resident wins Connecticut Comedy Idol
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Sep 26, 2009 - 6:57 AM

Winner of CT Comedy Idol (Larry Noiva); Damon Scott (Emcee from 96.5 WTIC FM); Monica Pietrzak Miss Connecticut USA; Andrea Ferrucci (Executive Director of Mosaic)
Eight amateur comedians from across the region were selected from all registered audition submissions to perform live at the Connecticut Comedy Idol Contest that took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. at The Funny Bone Comedy Club, 194 Buckland Hills Drive in Manchester, Conn. The eight finalist performed an original 5 -7 minute comedy act LIVE in front of a “Celebrity Judge Panel” consisting of Rob Steen comedian, talent agent and owner of North Shore Comedy, Brad Axelrod talent agent and owner of Treehouse Comedy Productions, Channel 3 Eyewitness News Meteorologist Mark Dixon, and 2009 Miss Connecticut USA Monica Pietrzak.

The four celebrity judges with audience participation selected one winner and a Runner up on Wednesday evening. The 8 Finalist performed in random order were: #1 Gregory Dubno from Hamden CT; #2 Bryan Keith from Woodbridge, #3 Matthew Gudernatch from Tolland, CT; #4 Tony Liberati from Bethel, CT; CT; #5 Nick Lettic from Northboro MA; #6 Larry Noiva from Tolland, CT; #7 Roddy Thomas from Springfield, MA; and #8 Vinnie Pagano from New Britain CT; Our Runner Up is: Sarah Blodgett from Chestnut Hill, MA performed right in the middle of the finalists. The event will be hosted by Celebrity Emcee, Damon Scott popular afternoon radio personality on 96.5 WTIC-FM as a fundraising event for Mosaic a non-profit organization who has been servicing people with developmental disabilities in Connecticut for the past 20 years . The Winner of Connecticut Comedy Idol was “Larry Noiva from Tolland CT” with his ventriloquist act. Bryan Keith from Woodbridge CT was the runner up. The Winner will have the honor of being the opening act for 3 professional headliner comedians at our next comedy fundraising event.

The LOL Comedy Night Event to also benefit Mosaic will take place on Friday October 16, 2009, 7:00- 11:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell and includes a silent auction, balloon chance, door prizes, pub-style appetizer buffet and cash bar for all your beverages. Damon Scott afternoon radio personality will be the Celebrity Emcee for this Comedy Event also. Tickets to see the winner of CT Comedy Idol and the 3 professional headliner comedians at LOL are $40 and available at http://lol.ctmosaic.org

Sponsorships, auction donations, table captains, and attendees all needed for the LOL Comedy Night. Contact Kerry Burrows at 860-632-2814 x 105 if interested in supporting LOL Comedy Night.

About Mosaic

In collaboration with local, state, national, and international partners in 14 states and six countries, Mosaic provides individualized services, living options, work choices, spiritual nurture and advocacy to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mosaic in Connecticut has 21 beautiful residential group homes and apartments across the state serving 104 individuals and their families. Mosaic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.mosaicinfo.org/cromwell.

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