Comics to perform at Lynn City Hall March 20 to benefit local youths

LYNN ? Some stand up guys and Lynn police are teaming up for a night of laughter to benefit local youth.The Lynn Police Relief Association is hosting its first ever stand up comedy night on March 20 at 8 p.m. in Lynn City Hall Veterans Memorial Auditorium.Paul Murphy moonlighted as a comic under the stage name Paul D’Angelo while serving as an assistant district attorney in Essex County and building his reputation as a criminal-defense trial attorney.Wakefield native D’Angelo said he would be joined by host Mitch Stinson, who is a former Navy pilot. He said two other comedians would also join him on stage. Former Lynner Bob Seibel, who has been doing comedy for 30 years, is also scheduled to perform and Paul Gilligan, who is an electrician by day and a comedian by night.D’Angelo said he doesn’t perform set routines.?We’re always mixing it up,” he said. “You have to hit a nerve with the crowd and connect with the audience. “While maintaining a full-time legal career, he started his comedy career with local mikes and in less than six months he was headlining at comedy clubs throughout the Boston area. In 1989 D’Angelo was chosen to represent Boston in the Johnny Walker Comedy Search and was named “Boston’s Best Comedian” for two years in a row by Boston Magazine, which is no small feat in a city which has produced comedy stars such as Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Anthony Clarke, Bobcat Goldthwait and Denis Leary.D’Angelo, who headlines regularly at comedy clubs in Boston, has also appeared on several television shows including “Comedy Central.” He has also opened for numerous notable acts including Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, George Carlin and Chicago.Sgt. Rick Carrow said beer, wine and snacks would be available for purchase during the show. Carrow said proceeds from the comedy night would go to the Lynn Police Officers Memorial Scholarship Fund.Carrow said the fund awards one $1,500 scholarship to one graduating senior, who is going to college to study criminal justice, from each of the four high schools in Lynn.?We have also been able to expand our contributions to other youth organizations,” he said. “We have been able to make donations to Little League, Girl Scouts and other youth organizations.”Tickets for the comedy night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door the evening of the show. Tickets are available in City Hall during regular business hours.

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