Four of Maine’s funniest comedians will perform a night of stand-up comedy at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Dolard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. Lewiston comedian Dawn Hartill will host the Center’s Comedy showcase featuring Julie Poulin, Mark Turcotte, and Johnny Ater.

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Julie Poulin is an actress, improv performer and stand-up comic from Monmouth. She is the 2019 winner of the Franco Center’s Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian Competition. Mark Turcotte is the founder of Maine Event Comedy and was a finalist in the Funniest Comic on the East Coast Contest at Mohegan Sun and a semi-finalist at the World Series of Comedy in Sarasota, Florida. Johnny Ater is a life-long local and arguably Maine’s funniest, down-home comedian. He has appeared at Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco and was a regular at the Comedy Connection in Portland. Hartill is the 2016 winner of the Strand Cup Comedy Competition and regularly performs throughout New England. She has appeared at Improv Boston, Comix at Mohegan Sun, and the International Lady Laughs Festival.

The show will be held in Heritage Hall, through the Oxford Street entrance. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at or at the door. The Franco Center is handicap accessible. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. All proceeds to benefit the Franco Center. The Dolard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center is located at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. For more information, contact the Box Office at (207) 783-1585 or visit

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