No joke: Whatever the punch line, it’s squeaky-clean

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AUBURN – Humorist Travis Wallace will bring his unique brand of New England comedy to the Fireside Inn & Suites (formerly The Auburn Inn) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

A former radio morning show host, Wallace is well known throughout the Northeast for his stories and jokes about small-town New England. Born and raised in Maine’s Moosehead Lake region, he has plenty of comic inspiration for writing such material. Wallace merges stand-up comedy and storytelling to create a one-man theatrical performance.

His shows are known for “clean” content, something he takes pride in – along with the fact that he writes all his own material.

“Mine is the type of comedy show you can bring your teenager and your mother to,” said Wallace, noting he once performed his one-man show in a church sanctuary. “We had teenagers and great grandparents in the audience, and all ages in between. For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

How does he describe his act? “The easiest way to explain my stage persona,” Wallace said, “is that it’s a cross between Bill Cosby and Garrison Keillor. A strange combination, I know!”

“It’s taken a long time, but I’ve found a unique blend of storytelling and stand-up comedy,” Wallace said. “I’ll do some one-man sketch comedy, too, at times.”

Typically, Wallace’s show also includes some improvisation, and he usually brings at least one guest up on stage during his performance. “Nobody ever really knows quite what’s going to happen when I do that.” he said.

Wallace’s CDs include”The Way Life Should Be” and “The Way Life Should Be, Volume II,” each consisting of original stories and Wallace’s stand-up comedy. His latest, “Tourist Season,” is a parody of Henry David Thoreau’s trips to Maine (and New Hampshire) in the mid-1800s. Wallace is working on another CD, due out next fall, which will be the first in a series chronicling daily life in the fictional town of Moosehead Junction, Maine. Wallace hopes it will find an audience on public radio.

The Feb. 3 show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Fireside Inn & Suites, at Exit 75 of the Maine Turnpike, in Auburn.

Tickets are $14, $10 with reservation. Seniors: $12, $10 with reservation. Dinner packages are $24.95 per person. (Reservations are required for dinner packages.) Tickets may be reserved by calling Fireside Inn & Suites, 777-1777.

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