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5 comics will stand up for your right to laugh

If laughter truly is the best medicine, the Laugh Lover's Ball is definitely good for what ails you.

The annual Valentine's Day comedy event features two performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

On the docket for this year will be five Comedy Central comedians who are guaranteed to have you bent over in hysterics. They are: Megan Mooney, Eddie Gossling, Dan Cummins, Cash Levy and the ball's creator, David Crowe.

Mooney and Gossling are not just married to comedy but to each other. And they have two youngsters to prove it, the couple said in a telephone interview.

"Our kids (ages 3 and 1) make us laugh so we steal material from them all the time," Mooney quipped.

She and Gossling met about 10 years ago while both were touring the comedy circuit. They've been married for eight years. What makes their marriage meld with comedy so well is that "we understand the elements (traveling, night work, etc.) of what each of us does for a living," Mooney said.

But it isn't her husband's comic style that keeps her heart fluttering, she added. "Who he is inside is what I really find attractive."

Gossling has some romantic feelings about his wife as well, noting that, "We are good friends who fell in love."

Their comic style isn't exactly G-rated but it's not a half-hour of seedy humor either.

"I'd say our routines could be compared to conversation overheard at an adult dinner party," Mooney said. She culls much of her comic fodder from growing up in a large family. She was smack dab in the middle of seven kids.

Her husband, on the other hand, has one younger brother. The two spent the majority of their youth moving from town to town, country to country as military brats.

"Humor can help you adjust quicker to all the new places we had to move," Gossling said.

Both have been featured in half-hour shows on Comedy Central and Gossling also writes comic material and provides voice-overs for various television shows.

Crowe describes his comedy show as "an evening of sophisticated silliness." He's been entertaining Northwest audiences near Valentine's Day for three years with stops in Seattle, Tri-Cities and a few towns in the Midwest. Crowe does have an ulterior motive for bringing the show to Kennewick.

"I have a sister who lives in West Richland (who has) three young kids, and I've found it's a lot easier for me to haul five comedians to Kennewick than it is for her to drive to Seattle in a minivan packed with yowling ingrates," Crowe joked.

Cummins recently finished filming a Comedy Central special at the Bing Theatre in Spokane that will air later this month. His self-titled CD was chosen by Comedy Magazine as one of the 10 best comedy albums in 2009.

Levy also has been a featured comic on Comedy Central and is described as "a master of improvised comedy using the audience as his inspiration," Crowe said.

So if you're ready to cleanse the soul and lift the spirit with a bit of belly laughing, buy yourself a ticket to the Laugh Lover's Ball. Admission is from $25 to $48 plus service charges and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the Toyota Center box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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