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Comedian Corey Rodrigues will return for a Need Some Laughs? Comedy Night for the entire Ashland community, Nov. 21. (Photo/supplied)

By Cynthia Whitty

Need Some Laughs? ABA Comedy Night with Corey Rodrigues & Friends is Back!

The Ashland Business Association (ABA) will host a virtual Comedy Night with Corey Rodrigues & Friends open to the entire Ashland community on Nov. 21 (RSVP by Nov. 16), 6:45 to 8 p.m., and an in-person member and guest Holiday Party on Dec. 9 (RSVP by Dec. 5), 5:30 to 8 p.m. To register for either or both events, visit

ABA Comedy Night with Surprises

The cost to attend Comedy Night is $10 per household; $40 per household, includes one surprise gift basket; $70 per household, includes two surprise gift baskets. Gift baskets will be delivered to your door. All proceeds from this event will support the ABA Scholarship Program and the Ashland Emergency Fund.

Comedian Corey Rodrigues, a highly sought-after national performer and an Ashland resident, appeared at last year’s ABA comedy night to an estimated 200 people.

Rodrigues was the winner of The Catch a New Rising Star, The Funniest Comic in New England, and the Big Sky Comedy Festivals. He has been featured on Gotham Live, Laughs on Fox, and Laff Tracks television shows. In 2018 he released his Dry-Bar comedy special that has amassed over 40 million views worldwide. He made his national debut on the The Conan O’Brien Show in 2019, and in 2020, Rodrigues released his first half-hour Comedy Special on EPIX.

Jonathan Tillson will also appear. Tillson grew up in the “outer city” of Boston. His witty rejection of conventional wisdom has been generating buzz throughout the New England comedy scene.

ABA Holiday Party

The ABA Holiday Party and Yankee Swap is an in-person event open to members and their guests. It will be held at the VFW, 311 Pleasant St., and catered by Marconi’s. The cost to attend is $35 for members in advance and $45 for guests and for both members and guests at the door. Bring a gift valued at $10 to participate in the Yankee Swap and a donation for the Ashland Food Pantry.

New Business Spotlight

Mama O’s Bakery, 67 Pond St. (Rt. 126), 508-904-5998, [email protected], Instagram: @mamos_7: Featured at the Corner Spot’s Fall Fest this past October, Mama O’s Bakery creates macarons, brownies, cheesecakes, meat pies, and customized cakes that are perfect for any occasion. All items are made from scratch and can be shipped. Mama O works out of her home with her amazing family and provides quality products you are sure to love.