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RFHS alumni brings on the laughs

Passersby may hear a lot of laughter coming out of the high school the night of Feb. 12.

That is the night that 1983 RFHS graduate, Tom Steffen, and friends use their comedic skills to raise money for the RFHS band.

Steffen, a professional comedian, will be bringing his comedy show back for a fifth year.

Performs include:

• Tom Steffen: who has performed at the 2009 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, including a TV special that currently airs on the CBC network in Canada, and the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Nebraska.

• Jason Schommer: originally from Minnesota, Schommer now lives in Las Vegas, where he is the regular opening act for Louie Anderson at the Louie Anderson Theatre in the Palace Station Resort.

• Calvin Cato: a New York-based comedian who has performed at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and has been seen on the Games Show Network.

• Tommy Ryman : a Twin Cites-based comedian who is back to RFHS for the third time. Ryman has performed at the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival.

• Mary Mack - a Webster native who now splits her time between the Twin Cities and Los Angeles. She has been on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and has performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival. Mack is also a returning performer.

The PG rated show will be on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the River Falls High School.

"We do what's called a "TV-clean" show. There's no profanity or dirty humor. The PG rating is to remind people that stand-up comedy is not really fun for small children," said Steffen.

The show is expected to last around 2 hours, with a brief intermission, during which concessions will be available.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and benefits the River Falls High School Band.

Advance tickets can be purchased at The Dish and the Spoon Café, John & Kathy Steffen, Tom's parents, at 715-425-6982, or Jaci Zimmerman at 715-222-5373. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Look in the Feb. 9 print edition of the Journal for more about the show and Tom Steffen.

Jillian Dexheimer
Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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