GARDINER – Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center will present its third Stand-up Comedy Showcase beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Headlining will be Travis “Bull” Cowing with comics Brian Giles, Tammy Pooler and John Ater. Hosting will be comedian Tim Hofmann.

When Cowing was a kid, his parents let him stay up late to watch one show, “Saturday Night Live,” and he started writing short sketches as a teen. He recently performed in New York City and currently tours New England and performs on radio. Travis also has released a DVD, “Bull’s on Parade,” with fellow comedian Ryan Waning.

Giles’ resume includes Guerilla Theater, touring clubs, colleges, and opening for ’70s rock legends Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. His thought-provoking political and social commentary have kept audiences laughing for more than five years. He is a member of the sketch improvisational guerilla theater comedy troupe The Escapists.

Pooler’s innocent appearance is belied by an edgy sense of humor. She is the president of Lease-A-Laugh, a comedy production company in Maine, and has performed in clubs, colleges, theaters and country clubs all over New England.

Ater is a 45-year-old husband and dad of two kids. His day job for the past 25 years has been a painting contractor. His real passion though, is doing stand-up comedy, something he began doing in 2003.

Hofmann began appearing in comedy clubs in 2004 and has since performed at Laugh Lounge and COMIX in New York City, The Seattle Comedy Underground, Comedy Connection Portland and Comedy Connection Boston.

Tickets are $11 at the door. No reservations required. The show has mature content and is for ages 21 and over. Cash bar available with ID. The arts center is at 280 Water St.


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