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Not likely the ‘last’ Comedy show expected to go on, despite its name

The 30th Annual Last Comedy Revue will feature a variety of performers, including, back, from left, David McDowell, Steve Kuykendall, Nancy Kuykendall and Bruce Berg, as well as, Ritchie Wolf, seated, and Nick Scherbenske, lying down. John M. Steiner The Sun

Every year one local live comedy show breaks the tongue-in-cheek promise implied in its title, and this year, participants in the 30th Annual Last Comedy Revue aren’t even sorry.

While the event is indeed the 30th of its kind, occurs once a year and features comedy in a revue, it almost certainly isn’t actually the “last.”

“We lie a lot — (for) 30 straight years,” said Bruce Berg, who founded the event and will once again serve as its director and emcee.

The show, featuring both sketch comedy and stand-up, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at the Arts Center.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door.

The performance usually lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.

A variety of people are involved in the show, as part of the Jamestown Performing Arts service organization.

Money from the performance goes to the Arts Center and to the Jamestown High School music program. Typically, Berg said, that would be about $1,000 to $1,500 for the Arts Center and $500 to $1,000 for the high school.

The show features four acts, interspersed with music by Steve and Nancy Kuykendall.

The Kuykendalls weren’t willing to release their set list, which they prefer to remain a surprise, but Steve did note it would be “all stuff people know,” and Nancy said it would include guitar and vocal music.

Others involved in this year’s show will be Arnie Roos, Kate Stevenson and Joel Lees, Berg said.

At one point, the “last” part of the show’s title wasn’t a joke, but then the show got popular, and the performers kept on with it.

“We keep giving people hope” it will be the last, quipped David McDowell, a math teacher and one of the comedians involved in the show.

None of the comedians take themselves seriously, and the audience doesn’t usually take them seriously either, Berg said.

The jokes fly fast when the Revue crew gathers together, and that’s without rehearsal.

“We really have never had to have a dress rehearsal,” Berg said.

“And it shows,” added comedian Nick Scherbenske.

“We don’t tell them we’re unprepared. We let them discover it,” McDowell added.

“Leave the tomatoes and cabbage at the door,” Scherbenske added.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at (701) 952-8453                 or by email at

Kari Lucin

Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.

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