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Ray Harrington, winner of the Los Angeles Comedy Festival, brings his irreverent and improvisational comedy to the Newport Playhouse at 102 Connell Highway, Newport, opening the theater’s comedy series at 8 p.m., Thursday (July 19).

Harrington headlines an evening that also features Rob Greene, a semi-finalist at Boston’s Comedy Festival, and Marie Forster, a Rhode Island comic with a unique outlook on everything from marriage, relationships and personal introspection, who will serve as the host for the evening.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at www.newportplayhouse.com or 401-848-7529. Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., with food and beverage available. Show starts at 8.

Harrington is an infectiously likable comedian who performs across the globe.  Harrington has turned his awkward and un-led stumble into manhood into hilariously irreverent material and marvelous improvisational riffing that embraces the uncomfortable and the absurd with a smile.  His documentary BE A MAN won the LA Comedy Festival and was featured as ‘New and Noteworthy’ Internationally on iTunes before premiering on Hulu.  His first album from Stand Up! Records, The Worst is Over, debuted at the top of the comedy charts on Amazon and iTunes.  His latest album, Overwhelmed, debuted at Number 1 on Amazon and at the top of the Billboard Comedy Charts.

Greene has been called “hilarious” and “strikingly handsome” and is said to “overdo it when writing his bio.” He has been a semi-finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and winner of the RI Comedy Connection’s Summer Showdown. Rob also produces the Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.