The 5th Annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival kicked off at Top of Pelham on Thursday night with two shows, and lots of laughs.

Rick Farrell was there to capture the night for What’s Up Newp and What’s Up Rhode Island.

Touted as Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival, the comedy festival continues through Monday night and includes sixteen shows and more than seventy comics.

What’s Up Newp is a proud sponsor of the 5th Annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival.

For more information, the schedule of events, and tickets, visit https://www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com/ .

Photo Gallery: Rogue Island Comedy Festival – October 10, 2019

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.