The Ottumwa Courier

November 16, 2012

Performer from Chicago Comedy All-Stars praises Ottumwa

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — One of the comedians who recently performed at the Bridge View Center heaped praise on Bridge View, the audience, community and more in a recent blog.

Comic Dobie Maxwell, aka “Mr. Lucky” performed with the Chicago Comedy All-Stars at Bridge View on Nov. 10.

In his blog, the comic writes: “... Tonight was as close to perfect as it gets, and I loved every second of it. Jim McHugh booked a Chicago Comedy All Stars show in Ottumwa ... at a gorgeous venue called Bridge View Center through a contact he’s known for years named Larry Gawronski and it was a big time home run.

“Larry is Executive Director of the venue, and is about as on the ball as anyone I have ever met when it comes to putting an event together. He and Jim have worked together for years as Larry has moved around the country in his career, and fate happened to relocate him to Ottumwa ...

“This [performance] rocked on every level, and it was all due to the hard work and vision of Larry and Jim. They put their heads together and made it happen.

“All I had to do was show up and be funny — which is all I ever wanted to do in the first place. It all worked according to plan, and everyone was in a great mood. The venue is brand new and it’s absolutely spectacular. The sound and lights were world class, but more importantly it was full ...

“The audience was really into it, and we all fed off of their energy. I could tell it was going to be a killer show about thirty seconds into it, and when that happens it’s pure electricity ...

“After the show, Larry invited us over to his house where his wife put out an amazing spread of food that blew us all away. The sponsors and some local VIPs were there, and they couldn’t have been nicer. They all said how much they enjoyed the show, and it was just first class all the way.

“Larry put us in the AmericInn Ottumwa ... they treated us like stars too, and everything about this event was stellar. This is how I always pictured it, and just because it’s in Ottumwa rather than Las Vegas doesn’t take a thing away from it. Fun is fun, and this was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been a part of. Larry and Jim put together a night I won’t forget.”

To read Maxwell’s complete blog, go to