The Foundation’s annual Comedy Night drew hundreds to this year’s laugh-in featuring two nationally-renowned comedians in a rave performance in early November.
The event, hosted at Good Times of Olean, offered the community an opportunity to laugh and dine together while making an important contribution to the ReHab Center’s mission of supporting people with disabilities.
D.J Demers, a Canada native; and his opening act and MC, Jose Barrientos, who is currently living in Los Angeles, were just as hilarious off stage as on. While the audience was enjoying Italian cuisine, the comedians casually slipped into the venue prior to the show and inquired about the Olean area to customize their act to the audience. That effort paid off later in uproarious laughter and applause.
“When they walked on that stage, they didn’t hold back and had the crowd laughing from start to finish,” a member of the audience said.
Barrientos warmed up the crowd by satirically poking fun at growing up Mexican in America. His act continued to stir laughter without compromising its meaning with a comedic rendition of his reaction if he was ever mugged.
Following Barrientos, Demers, who is hearing impaired but dynamic and natural, kept up the comedic momentum. By making fun of his hearing aids at times, his gentle, self-deprecating humor showed just how the once America’s Got Talent contestant has succeeded against stiff competition. In the end, Demers real life teasing resonated with the crowd which knows well the ReHab Center’s work in the community.
D.J has appeared on Conan twice, won numerous comedy festivals, awards and they have each accumulated more than five million views on Youtube.
Thank you to our corporate sponsors that helped make this event possible!
|Mazza Mechanical Services, Inc.
|Peterson Roofing Co., Inc.
|Fairfield Inn & Suites
|Kel-Kur Electrical Contracting LLC
|Community Bank N.A.
|Law Offices of Carl R. Vahl
|Mallery’s Auto Body & Collision
|Olean Medical Group
|Kinley Corp of NY
|The Bonadio Group, LLP
|Nephrology Services Medical Group of Olean & Bradford
|A Jason Clemons Salon
|Valley Tire Company
|Bryans & Gramuglia CPAs
|Armor Building Supply
|YMCA of the Twin Tiers
|Olean Times Herald
|Orthodontists Associates of Western NY