WESTERLY — This fundraiser is a laughing matter. When the five comedians gather on Saturday at the Knickerbocker Music Center, they’ll be yucking it up for a good cause.
The “Comedians In Exile, Life Is A Beach” tour, featuring Kendra Cunningham, Eric Neumann, Tad Flynn, Ron Nobles and Marc Gerber, is a benefit for the United Theatre.
Cunningham, a Boston-born stand-up comic, comedy writer, actress and filmmaker, lives in Brooklyn, where, she said, “she owns a super-comfortable bed.”
She also bartends, has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the comedic relationship blog Beauty and the Beast. Her short films have been screened at a number of festivals; Lonelygirl48, which she wrote and acted in, won the Boston Comedy Festival and the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival. She has been featured in Time Out New York and on CNN Money, and has appeared on “Last Comic Standing,” “Gotham Live,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Jimmy Fallon Show,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” Nickelodeon’s “Mom’s Night Out” and Sherri Shepherd’s “Stand Up Showcase.”
Neumann, whose debut album, “Nervous Lover,” was No. 1 on the iTunes and Billboard comedy charts, is a a New York-based comedian and a regular performer at New York’s top comedy clubs and alternative rooms. He is a regular headliner at Caroline’s On Broadway, and was named one of the hottest rising star stand-up comedians in New York by Hollywood Radio and Television Society. In 2016, Eric contributed material to The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe; In 2016 and 2017, he was a semifinalist in the New York's Funniest stand up competition, he opened for legends Gilbert Gottfried and Richard Lewis, and his debut headlining show “Bring Your Parents To Work Day” was part of the 2017 New York Comedy Festival.
Flynn, Nobles and Gerber are also New York-based comedians, and part of the Comedians in Exile tour.