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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1:12 p.m.

UMaine alum features in comedy show

Riot Enterprises presented Comedy Riot IV, a comedy show featuring a lineup of New England comedians, including UMaine alumni Ryan Waning, at Jeff’s Catering and Event Center in Brewer Saturday evening.

The Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, Cerebral Palsy Foundation and Bangor Humane Society will each receive a portion of the proceeds from the show.

Over 80 people attended the event that lasted just over two hours. The event center filled quickly with groups of people, couples and individuals, looking for a fun night out.

The audience sat at small, round tables and listened to the classic rock that blared from the speakers before the show began. Concessions and a full cash bar were available.

The stage was set up with an artificial brick wall and a lone black microphone to give the atmosphere a traditional comedy club feel.

A single spotlight cast a strong, black profile for each of the performers. Comedian Brian Beaudoin emceed the event.

The event included comedians Cory Guglietti, Adam Hatch, Ryan Waning and Brian Beaudoin. Hatch and Waning are Maine natives, while Guglietti and Beaudoin both hail from Rhode Island.

Guglietti performed first, delivering a set that touched on his married life, children, sex and an extensive bit about how “kids today have it easy.” His raunchy performance and in-your-face style prompted some heckling from the audience, which he skillfully shot down.

Second up was Bangor native Adam Hatch, the creative director at Riot Enterprises. His set was a reflection on living in Maine, life as a newfound family man and sex.

He gestured wildly and rubbed his temples throughout his set, gesturing his frustrations with the strange scenarios he encounters in his day-to-day life.

Waning, an Auburn native who graduated from UMaine in 2007 with a degree in English, performed next. His storytelling style also reflected on the curiosities of living in Maine, as well as relationships, work and reality television.

His last joke focused on an extensive crusade, secretly eating his co-worker’s lunches to make himself feel better about going to work at a job he hated.

Waning is planning a comedy tour of college campuses for the spring of 2013.

Last to perform was Beaudoin, a Rhode Island native who was voted the 2009 and 2010 best comedian in the state by the Providence Phoenix reader’s poll.

“I’m high right now,” he said at the very beginning of his set, quickly asking whether there were any police officers in the audience.

His jokes ranged from observational humor about the mellowness of marijuana to bachelorette parties, and joked about observations that weaved back and forth between relationships, sex and masturbation.

His conversational tone was relaxed and easygoing.  He ended the show with a bit about women having a “girl’s night out.”

The event was organized by Riot Enterprises, a comedy promotional team that organizes comedy shows around the state of Maine. They have also organized a number of comedy performances in bars, nightclubs and other venues across the state of Maine.