The Rehabilitation Foundation’s Comedy Night is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at Good Times of Olean, 800R East State Street. The Foundation is bringing in two award-winning, nationally touring comedians with a unique skill set.
The featured comedian of the annual event, which raises funds for The ReHabilitation Center, is D.J. Demers who is hearing-impaired. Demers was diagnosed with a hearing disability at age 4. As a young boy, he found a way to make friends with laughter. “Comedy and making my friends laugh was a way for me to connect with people and be something other than a boy with hearing aids,” he stated on America’s Got Talent last year.
Demers recently appeared on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. He has been on Conan twice and was the winner of both the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition and 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, was a finalist in NBC’s Stand-up for Diversity, and won ‘Best Breakout Artist’ at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards. And yes, he also wears hearing aids.
The host and opening act is Jose Barrientos, who draws attention to social concerns with laughter. His rise to fame as a comedian began in college as a prankster with a fake Hispanic immigrant accent. Barrientos is also a U.S. Army veteran and internet security professional. He’s been seen on 20/20 on ABC, and has performed for the military and colleges all over the country.
The evening will begin with cocktails and raffles. Dinner is included with event ticket. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options Available. Doors open at 6 p.m., comedy show begins at 8p.m.
Corporate sponsorships, VIP tables and individual tickets are available at www.rehabcenter.org/comedynight or by calling (716) 375-4730 ext. 562