Pitman's Marking First Year Anniversary of Comedy

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room celebrates its one year comedy anniversary with a tripleheader show Sat. Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. starring Tommy Gilmore, Jimmy Walsh and Joe Espi. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Thus far, Pitman's has seen the likes of comedy stars Kenny Rogerson, Joe Yannetty, Robbie Printz, Jim Lauletta, Brad Mastrangelo, Mike MacDonald, Artie Januario and more.

"It's really been a pleasant surprise," said Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell of the comedy nights. "The shows have been great and the people of the region have really supported these events. We started last November with our first comedy crowd of about 86 people. We've regularly been over 100 people frequently at 150 and once we had 202 people in here.

"We're starting our second year of comedy and look to continue to bring in great shows," added Mitchell. "We lost our October comedy show and some music events due to the fire, but we're not going to let anyone or anything stop us from bringing quality shows to Laconia."

The Nov. 16 show features Tommy Gilmore, who has worked the nation's top clubs, appearing in Las Vegas and working cruise lines as well as having been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, Comedy on the Road. He has performed with the likes of Lewis Black, Steven Wright, Louis Anderson, Dennis Miller, Robert Klein, and more of the top names in the business.

Along with Gilmore will be Jimmy Walsh, a Boston based comic that has worked up and down the east coast at major clubs from Caribou, Maine to Miami, Fla. He has worked with such well known figures as Lewis Black, Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live, Pam Stone, Stephen Wright, Jonathan Katz and Lenny Clarke. He has also hosted the Boston leg of "Next Big Comedy Star Search."

Opening the night will be Joe Espi, a regional favorite who has appeared in comedy festivals as well as the Comedy Connections, Kowloon, and other top clubs in New England.