RUMFORD — With a face that has launched a thousand laughs, Maine’s Johnny Ater will headline Maine Event Comedy at 49 Frankin’s Mystic Theater, 49 Franklin St., Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. The show will also feature Tuck Tucker, Ali Simpson and host Mark Turcotte.

 Whether he’s taking light-hearted swipes at himself and his fellow Mainers or contorting his face into hilarious characters, Ater has left audiences laughing throughout New England and beyond since 2003.

 He’s performed at the Punchline in San Francisco and headlined the Maine Comedy Festival. Ater has also appeared on ‘”The Nite Show with Danny Cashman,” and recently provided voice-over work for an Agren Appliance television campaign.

 Tucker, a founding member of Portland’s Running with Scissors improv group, was a finalist on HBO’s Lucky 21 Comedy Showcase in New York City. He’s performed at the Funnybone in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Comedy Connection in Boston and Providence.

Simpson is brash and unapologetic, yet extremely likable. She’s a familiar face in the Portland scene and is set to make her Mystic Theater debut.

 Turcotte was selected for the Boston, Cleveland and North Carolina comedy festivals and will soon make his national television debut on AXS TV’s ‘Gotham Comedy Live’.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at Bartash’s and All That Jazz on Congress St. downtown Rumford or online at The show is for ages 18-and-older. FMI: Call 207-369-0129. Doors open at 7 p.m. for seating, social and cash bar.

Johnny Ater

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