When the cold winter weather starts gets to be too much, get together some friends for a night of laughter and fun in downtown Hastings.

The Thornapple Arts Council will host its first Comedy Night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Leason Sharpe Hall of the Barry Community Enrichment Center. The evening will feature local and regional comedians to help people laugh away their winter blues.

We just wanted to put together a fun event that gives people something to do on a Saturday night,” said Megan Lavell, Executive Director of the Thornapple Arts Council. “We have a lot of great comedians in this area, so we thought it would be a good way to create an entertaining evening.”


The show’s headlining act will be Grand Rapids-area comedian Floyd J. Phillips. Through comedy, Phillips has gone from the mean streets of Chicago as one of five children raised by a single mom to winning the Seattle Comedy Competition in 2000. He is currently an internationally-touring comedian, and he was a finalist in the 2001 San Francisco Comedy Competition, as well as the 2006 Boston Comedy Festival winner. Whether it is entertaining troops overseas, audiences on cruise ships or corporate events, comedy clubs or casinos, Phillips brings his unique and hilarious style to the stage.PicsArt_01-21-11.50.02

The show’s feature act will be Nardos Osterhart, an Ethiopian-born comedian who moved to the United States as a political refugee when she was five. She is currently the married mother of two daughters and a rising star in the world of comedy. Originally trying stand-up comedy to overcome her public speaking fears in her day job as a nurse, Osterhart has quickly climbed the ranks in the local comedy scene, winning first place in the 2013 Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition. She will premiere her own one-woman show, “Halfrican: A Night of Comedy with Nardos Osterhart,” only a week before the Thornapple Arts Council Comedy show, on Feb. 20, at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids.

Tickets will be $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Those who bring art supplies for the Thornapple Arts Council Art Pantry will also be entered to win a gift basket that evening. For a list of what is needed for the Art Pantry, visit thornapplearts.org.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://taccomedyshow.brownpapertickets.com/

The Delton Moose Lodge will host a beer table during the comedy show, and there will also be 50/50 raffle tickets for sale with a cash prize. This event is for adults only.

For more information, call the Thornapple Arts Council at 269-945-2002, check out the Thornapple Arts Council on Facebook or visit thornapplearts.org.