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Laughter is on deck at the Paramount this week

Courtesy Paramount Theatre

Patrick Ross & Rusty DeWees

Nov. 23-24—RUTLAND— The Paramount Theatre stage is set to welcome two acts this week, sure to leave audiences either offended or in stitches.

Gilbert Gottfried performs stand-up

First, Gilbert Gottfried will perform on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as “the comedian’s comedian.” After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night comedy show, “Saturday Night Live,” became aware of Gottfried. In 1980, they hired him as a cast member. It wasn’t until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to numerous television appearances and stints in movies as an actor and voice-over talent.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 the day of the show.

Rusty DeWees and Patrick Ross’s perform
“The Loggers’ Holiday Variety Show”

Then, on Saturday, Nov. 24, after a day filled with holiday cheer as the Paramount hosts a free movie screening of “Polar Express” for the kids, and Santa in the lobby, Rusty DeWees and Patrick Ross take to the stage at 8 p.m. with “The Loggers’ Holiday Variety Show.” Vermont comedian Rusty DeWees has again taken his original character, “The Logger,” from his ever-evolving one-man show and placed him in an old-style variety show that features music and comedy of all sorts.

If nothing offends you in the show featuring the Logger and Fiddler, then you’re not paying attention.

But, there won’t be much time to be bothered in Rusty DeWees’ nearly all-new evening of comedy and music. In fact, regardless of taste, the audience is likely to be left laughing, sometimes uncontrollably – and even touched – but never bored.

Tickets are $20-$35.

The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St., Rutland. For tickets to either show, or for more information, visit

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