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The Bricks & Bridges Comedy Fest brings four nights of laughter to Lewiston-Auburn on Nov. 8-11. The event will feature 40 comedians, from local favorites to national headliners, a comedy contest, an adult spelling bee, and a few surprises.

“The festival is a celebration of laughter in Lewiston-Auburn,” said co-producers Mark Turcotte and Ann-Marie Keene. “We’re excited to bring such a wide variety of entertainment and showcase the growing comedy scene in the twin cities.”

Wednesday’s show will take place at Rusty Bus Brewing and feature the Highway to Spell adult spelling bee followed by a showcase of stand-up superstars.

The Fest moves to the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall for the remaining three nights.

The Tightest Five comedy contest preliminary round kicks off Thursday’s show with 12 comedians performing their best five minutes of original material. The winner will earn a coveted televised spot on The Nite Show with Danny Cashman.

Comedian, philosopher, and joy sparker Rodney Norman headlines Friday’s show. The Purveyor of Positivity won the 2008 Rhode Island Comedy Festival, was featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, and has recorded multiple Dry Bar Comedy specials. The night will also feature The Tightest Five semifinals.

The Fest finale on Saturday features national headliner, improviser, and comedic actress Kelly MacFarland. Kelly has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, The View, and The Today Show. In 2019, she performed for a packed TD Garden at Comics Come Home, a fundraiser for the Cam Neely Foundation. The night will also include The Tightest Five finals.

Bricks & Bridges has partnered with Lewiston-based Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and will collect supply and monetary donations at each show to benefit the shelter, which promotes a safe and humane life for all animals.

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