HINGHAM — A new local comedy festival is capping off a week of laughs with an award ceremony to honor a nonprofit group that uses humor to make children hit by tragedy smile again.
Loretta LaRoche Productions is holding its inaugural Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival this week. The festival includes screenings of independent short films, a stand-up comedy contest, and an open mic night that kicked things off Monday.
LaRoche, who writes a weekly humor column for The Patriot Ledger, is an expert in stress management.
At the award gala Saturday night, LaRoche will present the Ruffled Feather Humor Achievement Award to the Life is Good Playmakers, a nonprofit group that travels the world to bring resources to underprivileged children or those affected by disasters to help them play and laugh again.
“It’s amazing what these guys do,” said Jennifer O’Brien, senior event director for Loretta LaRoche Productions. “They go into territories that are hit with some type of natural or social trauma, and these kids are in horrible conditions. They’ve forgotten how to laugh.”
The group has helped children in Haiti after the earthquake and Biloxi, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina, as well as in Indonesia after it was struck by a tsunami.
Earlier this week, film producer Kris Meyer was honored with an Excellence in Film Award. Meyer has worked on films such as “There's Something About Mary,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” and “Shallow Hal.”
Tickets are still available for the remaining film and comedy events tonight and Friday, as well as for the award gala Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at ply mouthrockcomedyfestival.com or by calling the box office at 508-747-1340.
PLYMOUTH ROCK COMEDY FESTIVAL LINEUP
Here are the festival’s remaining events. for which tickets are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at WWW. plymouthrockcomedyfestival.com or by calling the box office at 508-747-1340:
Indie comedy short film fest, 6 p.m.: Second airing of selected contestant films with people’s choice voting ballots at Plimoth Plantation Cinema. Tickets are $5.
“He Said, She Said,” a comedic battle of the sexes, 8 p.m.: An onstage battle of the comedic minds with a hilarious interpretation of the male intellect and the diva’s. comedians Tickets are $15. Radisson Hotel, Plymouth Harbor.
Comedic contest finals, 8 p.m.; Ten finalists compete in this people’s choice contest ballot with a special Friars Club Winner Award. Hosted by Dave Russo at Plymouth Memorial Hall. Tickets are $15.
Ruffled Feather gala event, 8 p.m.: Kevin Flynn hosts this night of hilarity along with New England’s comediennes Patty Ross, Tony V and Jackie Flynn. Plymouth Memorial Hall. Tickets are $28 to $40.