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Tornquist, Barron featured in comedy show

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015

A night of comedy to benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry will not only feature the many voices of Impressionist Craig Tornquist but also a hilarious combination of amazement and mirth from Magician and WBCL Radio personality Jim Barron. Billed by as “All You Can Laugh for Ten Dollars,” the show will be presented on Friday, May 15 at The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Illusionist Barron takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Headlining the lineup is Comedian-Impressionist Craig Tornquist. A man of many voices, Tornquist will perform a family-friendly show featuring a variety of celebrity impersonations including Elvis, Kermit the Frog, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Simmons and George Burns. He has worked with such notable stars as Jay Leno, Lee Greenwood, Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons, Sinbad and The Lovin’ Spoonful.  His act also includes lots of audience participation, plus an assortment of novelty songs like “I’m My Own Grandpa” and “Burger King of the Road.” Tornquist believes in the great humorist Victor Borge’s motto that “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”  The May 15 presentation will be his second appearance at the Cottage Event Center.

Magician Jim Barron is making his third appearance at the Cottage Event Center, and is one of the most popular performers to grace its stage. Barron cites magicians Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as influential to his style of prestidigitation. He has escaped a strait jacket at halftime of a Fort Wayne Freedom football game and correctly predicted the exact score of a Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game prior to the first pitch.

Besides his unique brand of comedy and magic, Barron has been a broadcaster for many years with radio stations such as WOWO and WAJI. He is currently a personality on Fort Wayne’s WBCL Radio morning broadcast along with Larry Bower and Phil Reaser. The trio has won the Spectrum Award winners from Indiana Broadcasters Association for Best Morning Show in Indiana. (Bower is also president and star of Bower North Productions, who annually perform a comedy mystery dinner theater performance at the venue on New Year’s Eve.)

The beneficiary of the performance is the non-profit Roanoke Food Pantry. The Cottage Event Center is owned and operated by Hamilton Hospitality Group LLC.