Night of Comedy Raising Money for Right Turn Addiction Treatment Center

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An upcoming Night of Comedy will raise money for Right Turn, a Watertown-based addiction treatment center that uses the arts and creative expression in its therapy. 

The event features 10 comics and will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. at Right Turn, 440 Arsenal St., Watertown. The suggested donation is $10.

The recipients of the proceeds from the Comics for Recovery, “A Night of Comedy,” will help Right Turn with its mission to be a “Creative Place for Recovery,” organizers said.

Some of the performers are:

The show organizer, Jack Lynch, who has toured nationally and played the major venues, such as The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, The Improv in Miami Beach, The Punchline in Atlanta, Georgia, the Comedy Works in Montreal, Canada, as well as many colleges up and down the East Coast.

In these shows, Jack draws from his own 34 years in recovery. According to Lynch, laughter is one of the most important aspects of human nature which is lost in addiction. Jack reminds his audience that it is not only great to laugh, but also a healthy outlet and a crucial part to a more content sobriety.

Also performing at the benefit is Joey Carroll, who made his way onto the comedy scene on a dare. His first open mike got him his first paid gig. He recently performed at the Boston Comedy Festival. He was selected to be in the Best of the Fest performance at the Hazardous Comedy Show.

Joey has been described as a cross between George Carlin and Dennis Miller. His no-holds barred style has won him the respect of his fellow comedians and the laughter of his audiences. Edgy is his favorite way to work. And while performing with Bobcat Goldthwait during the Montreal Comedy Festival he was cast to appear with Bobcat in Comedy Central Pulp Comics. Joey’s clean observational comedy makes him a perfect act for just about any venue.

Mike Prior has toured with several national recording artists such as Weird Al Yankovick and Randy Travis. He was one of the featured performers on a Comedy Central special in 2004, and has played supporting roles in commercials for the New England Aquarium and Boston Center for the Arts.

His ability to work clean has made him a fan favorite at hundreds of corporate and college venues. Mike has an amazing ability to turn life’s most frustrating moments into hilarious stories in which everyone can relate.

About Right Turn

Right Turn is a 501c3 nonprofit based in Watertown, MA that provides a broad range of intensive treatment options for those struggling with substance use disorder and their families. Key and innovative components of Right Turn’s mission are the integration of creative and artistic expression in a warm and caring environment, which has been shown to be restorative and healing.

Right Turn’s programming includes: a multi-faceted medical evaluation, assessment and treatment program, personalized behavioral healthcare, an outpatient clinic with newly scheduled evening programming, self-help support groups, family support services, and an extended care housing program for men. Creative therapies include arts and music programming and Right Turn Live! – A Sober Café which offers free, open-to-the-public performances featuring local bands on Saturday evenings at Right Turn’s clinic.

  • Right Turn was founded in 2003 by Woody Giessmann, formerly the drummer for the rock band, the Del Fuegos. After experiencing the devastating effects of substance abuse firsthand, Giessmann became a licensed addiction and intervention specialist.
  • Statistics show that the dropout rate at substance abuse treatment programs is 50% or more prior to three months. Right Turn’s proven track record is evidenced by its high retention rate, with 75% of its patients staying in treatment for three months or longer.
  • For more information visit  Right Turn is located at440 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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