Auburn native will yuk it up at Lost Valley


AUBURN — Stand-up comic Ryan Waning, an Auburn native and a regular at the Comedy Connection in Portland, will headline a show Saturday, May 15, at Lost Valley.

The 33-year-old travels regularly to comedy clubs in Boston and New York City, and performs at other venues throughout New England.

He has shared the stage with Judah Friedlander, DJ Hazard, Bob Marley, George Hamm, Don Gavin and Jimmy Dunn.

The married father of 3- and 1-year-old daughters, Waning is a 1996 graduate of Edward Little High School. He earned a English degree from the University of Maine in 2008. “And, yes,” he said, “it did take me almost that long to get it. That’s normal, right?”

Waning gets his material from just about everywhere, although, he noted, “since we’ve had the girls, there has been a decidedly different slant on what I’ve been writing.”

“I’m balancing it right now. I’d really hate to become a ‘my wife and kids’ comic. That would be terrible,” he said.

His routines can be a bit on the risqué side, but, Waning said, “that’s not really how I look at it. I am a fan of the whole language and that includes all of the words. I have no hang-ups about it.”

“I have a passion for my material that is so intense that I want to show you the respect of giving it to you unfiltered and without the worry of having to apologize for it. I speak to audiences like I speak to my friends,” he said.

Also performing will be Ray Harrington and Lue Avent. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.