Comedian Mike Bonner to get crowds laughing at Adams High

Comedy night to support high school athletics program

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 2, 2016

 Comedian Mike Bonner has performed nationally, including appearances on HBO, Showtime and BET

Comedian Mike Bonner has performed nationally, including appearances on HBO, Showtime and BET

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ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

Comedian Mike Bonner — who has performed nationally, including appearances on HBO, Showtime and BET — will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Adams High School auditorium, 3200 W. Tienken Road in Rochester Hills.

Organizers said Bonner, who is from Detroit, will focus his act on the humor surrounding family life with his wife and three kids. 

“It’s adult humor that is not rated. That’s the best way I could describe it,” Rapp said.

The event will also include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and an introduction and performance from the Adams drum line. 

Tickets cost $25 per person, and Rapp said $5 from the sale of each ticket purchase can be allocated to a sport of the purchaser’s choice.

“This is an event that we have done for four years, so it helps out considerably,” Rapp said.

Booster Board President Robert DiMarco said the booster program raises money for all athletics, as well as the band program.

“With huge budget cuts to athletics over the years — because that is the easiest place to cut from — it’s been real difficult to support, so we have to raise money by running concession stands, having our Comedy Night and holding car washes,” he said. “We support all the teams. In the end, they all need money. They can’t survive without it. What do they use it for? Uniforms, equipment, field rentals, busing, coaching seminars, the concussion program and more.”

DiMarco said the booster board has found that when a child plays a sport, or even multiple sports, the child does better in school and stays out of trouble.

“That’s the key for us. If we can keep kids out of trouble, that is really what we are there for,” he said.

To purchase tickets, visit www.showtix4u.com. For more information, email Jason Rapp at JRapp@rochester.k12.mi.us.

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