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Comedian Jim Breuer Performs Comedy Show to Benefit Local Church Project

It was a full house Friday night at Redeemer Church in Utica but not for a religious ceremony. The sanctuary was full of both church go-ers and community members for a night of comedy, with a twist.
It was a full house Friday night at Redeemer Church in Utica but not for a religious ceremony. The sanctuary was full of both church go-ers and community members for a night of comedy, with a twist.
Former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedian Jim Breuer had the audience at Redeemer Church howling. He gave a benefit show to help raise money for the new special needs wing being built in the church. It is a $45,000 project and attendees say they were happy to help out with a laugh.
"Good cause, special need kids, you know open up a new wing for them make it so they can understand Christianity, and have a good time," says church member Ron Chamberlin.
"It's a tremendous cause both for this area and the general community you know, there's a lot of families with special needs children and this is a really exciting opportunity for us to help those families," said member Joe Leo.
These two members of the Redeemer Church community were joined by hundreds of others who filed into the sanctuary to see Jim Breuer’s “Comedy for a Cause” show.
Breuer is best known for his comedy career on Saturday Night Live and found his way to Utica for the special fundraiser.
"It's a phenomenal cause and you have a great pastor here and he knows comedy," said Breuer.
The new state-of-the-art facility will have three new classrooms with special sensory technology for special needs children.
"We're developing a new ministry that is going to help minister kids that are battling special needs and all of the proceeds tonight are going directly to that," said church pastor Michael Servello.
Servello says he and his congregation are truly honored to have such a big name in comedy right here in the Mohawk Valley.
"Like a dream, you know what I mean, it's like Jim Breuer is really coming to a church, I think everyone has kind of been asking that question but it's surreal,” said Servello.
"This is Utica, New York and we're not a really huge metropolitan region so this is quite an honor to have him here,” said member Margaret Marie.
The show was nearly sold out and tickets sold between 20 and 40 dollars. The pastor says the construction of the new autism center will begin once the necessary funds are raised.

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