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Come to the Backyard for Comics Come Residence


Denis Leary’s annual fundraiser returns on Nov. 12.

Denis Leary, Cam Neely, Jimmy Fallon

Boston Bruins proper wing Cam Neely was simply winding down his skilled taking part in profession (1983-96) when a brand new challenge got here into his life. In 1995 he, together with standup comedian Denis Leary, placed on the primary Comics Come Residence occasion.

Beneath the umbrella of the Cam Neely Basis, which assists households coping with most cancers in getting remedy, sources, and different help, Comics Come Residence turned the group’s annual fundraiser. It began like this: Neely had the thought to placed on a profit present, he referred to as his pal Leary, and Leary started asking his mates on the comedy scene to participate.

The primary Comics Come Residence occurred on the Orpheum Theatre. Neely kicked issues off. Leary hosted it. Among the many comics who got here out, one after the other, to do a quick set, had been Jon Stewart, Marc Maron, Steve Sweeney, Ken Rogerson, Laura Kightlinger, Steven Wright, Don Gavin, Eddie Brill, and Nick Di Paolo. It was successful. A 12 months later, there was one other, then one other. Neely and Leary remained constants, however the lineup of visitor comics stored altering (although there have been many repeat appearances through the years).

The Orpheum wasn’t sufficiently big, so greater venues had been sought out. Comics Come Residence performed at Agganis Area for some time. Not sufficiently big. It moved to what’s now the TD Backyard, the place it stays.

This 12 months’s present, the twenty sixth thus far (and the primary after two pandemic years off), options one more stellar lineup. Taking their turns on the microphone – after what’s grow to be Leary’s conventional opening musical quantity and an intro by Neely – are: Jimmy Fallon, Lenny Clarke, Chris Distefano, Sam Jay, Robert Kelly, John Mulaney, Carolyn Plummer, and Roy Wooden Jr.

As prior to now, there are some things audiences needs to be ready for. In no less than one prior look, the often clean-cut Fallon obtained right into a little bit of blue materials. At any time when Lenny Clarke does a Comics Come Residence present, he clothes to the nines. One by no means is aware of who else would possibly stride out on the stage, be it one other comedian or a musician. There have been many surprises in earlier editions. One factor is for positive: Boston stays an awesome city for comedy.

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