AUBURN – Maine’s Bob Marley, one of the hottest comedians in the country, will bring his lighthearted spirit to St. Dominic Regional High School Thursday, April 3, for a serious reason. Proceeds from his show will go toward Project Graduation for the 2008-09 classes.

Project Graduation, chem-free, all-night activities organized for graduation night, was introduced about 20 years ago by planners in Maine as a result of the rising number of deaths due to alcohol-related crashes during the graduation season.

Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Marley has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn.

Marley, a University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. He began his career in his hometown of Portland and then moved to Boston to gain experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars.

A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch. He has also appeared in several films, including “Liar’s Club,” “Under the Bus,” “Mint Condition” and “The Boondock Saints.”

He has taken his stand-up routines to Los Angles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Denver. After living in Los Angles for several years, he, his wife and three children have returned to Maine to live.

He remains an overwhelming favorite and local celebrity in his native Maine, breaking a New England comedy club record by selling out 400 consecutive shows.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. show in the school gym are $20, general admission. For tickets, call 786-3088 or 623-1776; visit the school office at 121 Gracelawn Road; or e-mail [email protected]

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