The Hanover Theatre To Host Benefit For Ava Roy Fund

Come out and enjoy a great event with some of the funniest comedians on the East Coast while honoring a fallen hero.

The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts will host a special benefit for the Ava Roy Fund presented by the Worcester Firefighters Local 1009 on Friday, April 26 at 8 pm. The evening will include performances from comedians Kendra Cunningham, James Dorsey, Jimmy Dunn, Chris Tabb and Tony V. All proceeds will go to support the family of fallen firefighter Christopher Roy. Media sponsors include Charter TV 3, 96-1 SRS and WTAG 580/94.9.

Tickets for A Night of Comedy: A Benefit for the Ava Roy Fund start at $28 and are on sale now to theatre members. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, February 12 at 10 am. VIP tickets available for $100 include a pre-show party beginning at 6:30 pm with the comedians. The VIP party is generously catered by Pepe's Italian Restaurant, 274 Franklin Street, and includes a cash bar. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre box office located at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester.

About Kendra Cunningham

Boston bred and Brooklyn based Kendra Cunningham has been named as a comic to watch by Time Out New York and has been compared to Groucho Marx and Mae West by the UK's Chortle. A regular on the New York and Boston comedy scene, she has previously been in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and The Glasgow Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival for two years in a row. She has twice appeared on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," gaining two spots in the top 100 jokes of the season. Currently she has a monthly solo show, "This Could be You," at Don't Tell Mama. She founded Malarkey Pictures along with her sketch partner, Vicky Kuperman, and went on to produce dozens of short films.

James Dorsey was the national winner of the Catch a New Rising Star competition, the winner of the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and has performed at the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival. James has shared the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Patrice O'Neal, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black, Joe Rogan, Gilbert Gottfried, Lenny Clarke, Mick Foley and Steven Wright. He can be seen in every major comedy club in New England and will remain in your head and heart long after he has made his exit.

Jimmy Dunn is an actor and comedian who is most recognized from the CBS sitcom "The McCarthys." He got his start in the comedy world performing stand-up at a bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to perform on some of the comedy world's biggest stages, including Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Conan" and Comics Come Home with Denis Leary. Boston Sports fans know Jimmy from his many appearances on NESN (The New England Sports Network). Jimmy is also a published author.

Honing his craft in the comedy-rich Boston, MA, Chris Tabb has followed his dreams and his passion to create his own brand of humor, which he simply describes as "everyone is included in the fun." Chris' hilarious performances and huge stage presence have led him to appear on television shows such as "NESN Comedy All Stars," BET's "ComicView" and even The Food Network's "Cake Challenge."

Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston's prestigious Comedy Connection. Tony's streetwise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit. In 1986, Tony V was named "Funniest Person in Massachusetts" by Showtime television. He followed this achievement with several performances on HBO, the Arts and Entertainment Network, Comedy Central and MTV. Tony has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Adam Sandler, Eric Roberts, Ice T, James McDaniels, Conan O'Brien and countless other friends and nationally known acts.

The Hanover Theatre continues to draw over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits ("Les Misérables," "Jersey Boys," "Something Rotten!"), comedians (Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Daniel Tosh), musical acts (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Donny Osmond) and everything in between ("A Christmas Carol," Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Alton Brown). POLLSTAR consistently ranks The Hanover Theatre as one of the Top Theatres in the World. After nine seasons, the award-winning, historic theatre continues to establish its place as a world-class performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of downtown Worcester. The Hanover Theatre's acquisition of 551 Main Street houses a growing conservatory, new function space, offices, rental space for a restaurant on the ground floor and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts on the lower level.

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