Bedford Benefits to Feature Colliton, Two Other Comedians  

Jim Colliton, BHS Class of 1988, will perform on Saturday as part of a lineup with two other comedians to raise funds to benefit programs for veterans. Courtesy Image.

A benefit show at the American Legion on Saturday night will feature a homecoming appearance by nationally-known comedian Jim Colliton.

The event, which also will feature performances from two members of the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame, will begin a few minutes before 8 p.m. Doors at 357 The Great Rd. open at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are $20 each.

Former resident Tom Raposa organized the standup session to raise funds that will benefit programs for veterans, including several at the VA Medical Center in Bedford.

Colliton, a 1988 Bedford High School graduate, has become one of the most familiar names in New England comedy, and also performs often on cruise ships and casinos. For more than 15 years he has grounded his routine on families and suburban lifestyle, adjusting his scenarios and punch lines as his children grew from infancy to college.

His Bedford appearances are unique, as he weaves the culture of his home town into his monologue. 

Colliton will lead off Saturday, followed by Mike Murray and John Perrotta, Raposa said.

Hearing impaired until the age of 40, Murray received cochlear implants and began his standup career a few years later. He is based in Rhode Island and has performed throughout New England

Perrotta, who calls himself “the Italian Don Rickles,” has been performing stand-up comedy since 1991 and has been voted Providence’s best comedian.

Questions may be addressed to Tom Raposa at 508-326-3220.

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