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The Rogue Island Comedy Festival, Rhode Island’s only stand-up comedy festival, returns to Aquidneck Island with its Spring Festival this weekend.

The festival will take place from Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30 and will include dozens of comics during thirteen shows at four different venues.

Due to the fire at The Wayfinder Hotel earlier this week, the festival did have to make some last-minute venue changes this week as the hotel was scheduled to host six out of the thirteen shows.

The Thursday and Sunday 6 pm/8 pm festival shows will now be held at Top of Pelham in Newport, and Friday 6 pm/8 pm shows will be at Deigo’s Cantina in Middletown!

The JPT Film & Event Center and The Reef will also host shows this weekend.

Tickets will only be sold online for the shows, visit www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com to purchase tickets, to find out more information, and for further updates.

What’sUpNewp is proud to be a media sponsor of this event.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.