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Cook McDoogal’s to host ‘Beat the Winter Blues’ comedy show

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Cook McDoogal’s and Dan West are teaming up to bring comedy to Kokomo on Saturday, Jan. 25, with “Beat the Winter Blues” comedy show, featuring a lineup of comedians.

West will headline the event with comedian David Brooks of Indianapolis being featured. Opening acts also include comedian Heather O’Laughlin of South Bend and Chris Rahe. West has not headlined a show in Kokomo for more than a year, and he said he was looking forward it.

“I always like performing in Kokomo. It’s great to put on a fun show in front of a friendly audience and then be able to sleep in my own bed,” said West.

An Army veteran of the Iraq War, West has a story to tell. While deployed in Iraq, he suffered an injury that ended his military career prematurely. Less than a month later, he began a standup comedy and public speaking career. Since then he has traveled around the country sharing a message of overcoming adversity through humor. West said he has undergone some changes in his life and will be incorporating those stories into his upcoming show.

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Brooks, an Indianapolis-native, got his start in comedy at Second City in Chicago. After improv, he began doing standup in Indianapolis and has never looked back. Brooks has played venues such as the Comedy Store, Let's Fest, Crossroads Comedy Festival, and the Super Dope Comedy Festival in Dayton, Ohio, and West said he has a unique storytelling style.

West commended the rest of the talent on the bill as well. As for Rahe, West said he’s “a very, very funny comedian who has the ability to take a dark subject and pull out the humor in it.” O’Laughlin is co- owner of The Drop Comedy Club in South Bend, which West said was his favorite club in the country and that O’Laughlin “has a charming style and a filthy mouth.”

The event will be emceeded by Tyson Cox.

The “Beat the Winter Blues” comedy show will take place upstairs at Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub, 100 N. Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. A full bar will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance online and $15 at the door the night of the show based on availability. Advance tickets can only be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/e/beat-the-winter-blues-comedy-show-tickets-84535912189.