By JOHN BENSON
Special to The Gazette
A former touring stand-up comedian who dabbled in local theater and improvisational troupes, Brunswick native and Medina resident Jim Dove decided to get back into the funny game a few years ago by teaming up with Lodi resident Rick Rudolph to create their own comedy duo.
In the past four years, the twosome has become quite popular around Medina County. However, itâ€™s the â€œRick and Jimâ€™s Big Christmas Showâ€ that has really taken off.
â€œItâ€™s a sketch comedy show like Carol Burnett or even more like â€˜The State,â€™ â€ said Dove, a 1992 Brunswick High School graduate, who honed his comedy craft while he was in the U.S. Army performing at USO shows. â€œSo we have a school choir and line dancers from Dirty Cowboys. Itâ€™s just a big old party.â€
The duoâ€™s annual charity show takes place Dec. 5 and 6 at Broadway Street Hall in Medina. All ticket proceeds go to the Fred Hargrove Childrenâ€™s Arts Initiative, while an intermission donation jar finds the money going to Toys for Tots.
â€œThe show is for everyone,â€ Dove said. â€œWe thought originally it was just for kids, but really whatâ€™s happening is we have more adults coming to this show than kids and that really throws us for a loop.â€
Among the skits Dove said have become quite popular in the show are the possessed and overzealous holiday shopping parents in â€œFinding Elmoâ€ and the dedicated actors whose statue skills are repeatedly tested by every calamity imaginable during â€œLiving Nativity.â€
There’s also a hilarious reading of â€œTwas the Night Before Christmasâ€ by wacky and senile grandparents.
â€œPeople come in thinking it wonâ€™t be as funny as they expect,â€ Dove said. â€œAnd we always get people walking away wiping tears away, saying their stomach hurts.â€
â€œRick and Jimâ€™s Big Christmas Showâ€ takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Broadway Street Hall, 144 N. Broadway, Medina.
Tickets are $5.
For more information, call 330-635-8691.
Benson may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.