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Saturday is comedy night at KEC

WILLMAR -- Jeff Bergs, billed as "one of the Midwest's best impressionists and comedians," will headline Saturday's dinner and comedy-night debut at the Kandi Entertainment Center in Willmar.

Also taking the stage will be Wayne Burfeind, a "rising star" on the Minnesota comedy scene. The comedy production will be emceed and produced by Rox Tarrant, the Twin Cities' "diva of late-night comedy."

Jeff Bergs grew up in Tracy, and considers himself "from the south." He got his start in comedy more than 16 years ago and has become one of Minnesota's "most popular comedians." Bergs brings to life the many voices we have grown to love over the years from Rodney Dangerfield to Sean Connery, Johnny Carson and George Burns. He leaves no subject untouched from raising teenagers to hunting to the secret of staying married to the same woman for the past 25 years.

After having started perfecting his voice impressions in the fourth grade, Bergs made his professional comedic debut in 1991 and has since recorded hundreds of radio commercials, appeared on live TV for the Jerry Lewis Telethon and has appeared on comedy stages throughout the Midwest.

Ever since Rox Tarrant was a young girl she has wanted to be a comedian. Now that she is a comedian, she just wants to be a young girl. Tarrant is a stand-up comedian from Minneapolis, but was raised in Alexandria. She got her start in comedy in June 1995 by entering the Twin Cities Funniest Person contest at Acme Comedy Club. To her surprise, but not to her friends, she was the only woman to place in the final three out of more than 200 people. Over the past 14 years Tarrant has gone on to become an accomplished comedian and producer.

Early on, Tarrant admired comedians like Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, as well as Minnesota-native Louie Anderson and Roseanne Barr. Her comedic roots can be traced to her acting days in high school and college. These days she keeps herself busy with comedy gigs across the Midwest, as well as hosting "Hot Rox Late Night Laughs," an open-stage and professional showcase in Minneapolis. Tarrant is founder of Women Out All Night comedy productions.

Wayne Burfeind just finished filming a television pilot for the Scott Hansen Comedy Gallery, which will air locally by next fall. One of the founding members of the Minneapolis Comedy Death Squad, Burfeind will bring his Generation X views to this "high-energy show."

A finalist in the 2002 Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest, Burfeind was also a semi-finalist in the 2003 Minnesota Laff-Off. He has appeared in clubs in Chicago and St. Louis and has worked with headliners Louie Anderson and Dave Mordahl.

Dinner seating is at 7 p.m., with show time at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the comedy night are $29; comedy-only tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. For information and reservations, contact the KEC at 320-235-3800. The KEC is located at 500 19th Ave. S.E. in Willmar.