Local comedians to entertain at Black Tie Gala

10/23/2015

The Friends Foundation at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Black Tie Gala to be held Saturday, November 7 at the DuBourg Centre.
Shawn Long, Friends Director, said participants are in for a treat.
“Going into our 3rd year the Friends has decided to shake things up a bit, not only with a venue change but an overhaul of entertainment as well,” said Long. “Gina Otto will provide music for the evening, and the popular auction, both silent and oral, will include some great items like sports memorabilia to designer purses, to vacation packages. This year we thought we’d focus on local comedy for our headline entertainment.”
Guests are in for a night of laughs as two local comedians, Ryan Dalton and Milly Naeger, will take the stage along with Jeremy Hellwig, a third comedian from the St. Louis area.
Milly, daughter of Patty and Bill Naeger, said she started doing comedy in middle school.
“I would memorize Flip Wilson sets and do them for other people,” she said. “When I was in high school, I got cancer and started doing public speaking for Relay for Life events. I would do humorous speeches. Once I got out of school, I thought this was pretty neat. I could just do the funny part. I went to an open mike night and have been doing standup ever since.”
Ryan Dalton, son of Angie and Glenn Dalton, said he was always interested in comedy.
“One week I worked up the courage to do an open mike at the Funny Bone,” he said. “I didn’t get on, but I kept trying and after a few months I got on and was hooked.”
Both of these young talents know that comedy is pretty subjective.
“Some things in drama will hit home for many people, but when you get into comedy, it’s hard to generalize and say these are the things that everyone will find funny,” said Milly. “There’s not one joke that will work for everyone, but hopefully there’s a set that will work for most people.”
Ryan echoed that sentiment.
“Many times when I was young, I tried to be funny and it didn’t work,” he said. “But in a way, that kind of makes you funnier when you’re older. As an adult I have more confidence in trying material.”
So what can people expect at the Black Tie Gala?
“Some people have described my set as weird and whimsical,” Millie said. “I don’t feel like it’s weird, but I do have a different take on things.”
Ryan’s style focuses on observational humor.
“A lot of my stuff is short-one liners,” he said. “I bring things to the surface that people don’t always think about.”
For Milly, Ryan and Jeremy….break a leg!  
Tickets are still on sale and are available by calling the Friends Foundation (573-883-7725) or by going online  and purchasing tickets.

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