‘Golden Age of Comedy’ to be recreated at Cottage Event Center

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Routines from the Golden Age of Comedy will be recreated onstage at Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center on Friday, Feb. 7, starring comedy duo Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg. Also performing will be the nine-member musical ensemble Musiclectics, whose repertoire features a variety of styles including show tunes, oldies, country and gospel.

The event will raise funds for the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Bower and Nedberg will recreate the madcap humor of the Vaudeville era, exemplified by the classic “Who’s On First” routine made famous by Abbott and Costello.

Bower is co-founder of Bower North Productions as well as being news director for WBCL-FM radio. He is active in area theatrical productions and worked many years at WKJG-TV where his duties included numerous stints at the local emcee for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA telethon.

Nedberg has performed in several of Bower North’s audience-participation mysteries as well as in other community theater productions. Nedberg is pastor of Warren United Church of Christ.

Musiclectics formed in 2015 with members hailing from Markle, Warren, Decatur, Craigville, Poneto and Bluffton. Their lineup includes Vickie Kibellus, Damon Smith, Otto Lowe, Kurt Alspaugh, Jan and Clay Smith, Tabitha Schwyn and Chelsea Smith. Carla Alspaugh accompanies the group on piano.

Kibellus starred in numerous productions at Bearcreek Farms in Bryant, and was featured with Bower and Nedberg in the Vaudeville show “It’s a Wonderful Laugh” at The Cottage Event Center in 2016.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Musiclectics taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will also be available.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 483-3508, using PayPal on the venue’s website, cottageeventcenter.com, or at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.