Stand Up for Rural Communities

'Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to celebrate than with a night of comedy and laughs at the final Stand Up For Rural Communities night for the year this Saturday.

The Christmas show is on at the Cooma Little Theatre featuring Cooma-based comedians Louisa Wall and Tim Cooke with Canberra comedians Nick Smith, Sophie Rajander, Josh Glass and Hamish Hudson joining the line up.

Crowd favourite Emo Parsonson will be headlining and Dave Graham will be MC.

Resilience Inc president Stephanie McDonald said the show would be a celebration of everything the oganisation had achieved throughout the year.

"It's been a big year delivering projects and programs across the region," she said.

"We intend to continue to deliver our stand up program and workshops across the region next year and in the process unearth local comedy talent.

"It's been a successful year overall with bigger things to come across the region in the New Year."

It will be the fourth show for gifted local performer Tim Cooke.

Fellow local Louisa Wall will be returning to the stage for her second stand up performance.

"Hopefully Stand Up For Rural Communities launches the potential comedy careers of locals on the world stage," Ms McDonald said.

"Hopefully they end up performing at Edinburgh comedy festival one day."

Canberra comedian and Stand Up for Rural Communities organiser Dave Graham said the shows in Cooma during the year had been great.

"The comedy nights in Cooma have been amazing. We have had magicians, young people, old people, seven foot teenagers and that's not even counting the people we get from Dalgety," he said.

"It's been a privilege to be involved with the Resilience organisation since Stand Up For Rural Communities started. Seeing the local Cooma comedians' first time on stage, develop into confident comedy performers has been awesome. The opportunity for Canberra comedians to travel to Cooma and "make the funny" has helped all involved be part of special night."

Ms McDonald thanked those who have supported Resilience Inc and Stand Up For Rural Communities in its first year.

"A big thank you to all the volunteers involved in Resilience who continually work hard behind the scenes," she said.

To book online to go and click on the event or contact the Cooma Visitors Centre or tickets at the door.

As a little Christmas gift, anyone who purchases a full-price ticket to this show is offered a free Friend of Resilience membership valid to 30 June 2014.

The Friends/Country Commerce Scheme promotes shopping in rural locations across the region, encouraging prosperity for small business - our largest rural employer group.

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