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Clean jokes for a dirty world

There'll be some yin and some yang at Chadwick's Pub this weekend.

Mark Poolos will headline and Joe Cocozello will be the featured act for shows to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at the pub inside the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

Poolos offers observational humor, one-liners, family jokes and musical comedy during his routine.

He started his career co-starring in two independent films, "Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies" and "Joanie Loves Furbies." After more films, some commercials and theater, Poolos still craved an instant connection with audiences, so he began stand-up comedy.

He's performed in cities across the country, appeared on "The Bob and Tom Show" and the "Dr. Demento Show," a two-hour national radio program that features mad music and crazy comedy.

The Minnesota native hopes that one day he'll be in a film that someone has actually seen.

Cocozzello will open the shows at Chadwick's. Beware. This routine will not be shown on prime time. Cocozzello likes to test the boundaries of right and wrong, and critics have compared him to Lenny Bruce.

Cocozzello has a rough and quick wit and seems ready to take on the world. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., he now calls Minnesota his home base.

He's been performing in national clubs such as The Ice House, Knuckleheads, Comedy Underground, Punchline and others. Check out his video at myspace.com/joecocozzello.

Admission to the shows at Chadwick's Pub costs $5. Call 282-2122.

Miles Kehoe and Eric Clark perform at 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Ground Zero, 123 S. Front St., Medford.

Kehoe got his start in comedy in 1976 at the now defunct Holy City Zoo, an open mic club on Clement Street in San Francisco. He and other comedians such as Dana Carvey and Robin Williams appeared at the club for free, working on their acts and garnering fans.

Kehoe says that he'll never forget the first time he was paid to perform.

"It was astounding," he says.

After many appearances at the Holy City Zoo, Kehoe and Carvey performed together one night at a club called The Other Cafe in San Francisco.

"After the show they gave us envelopes with money in them," says Kehoe. "We ran out onto the street and counted it, and there was $95 in each envelope. We just looked at each other dumbfounded. Didn't they know that we worked for nothing?"

Kehoe went on to headline in cities across the country. He's appeared on A&E's "An Evening at the Improv," MTV's "Half Hour Comedy Hour" and on Comedy Central.

He left show business in 1985 and moved to Southern Oregon. He now works part-time as a comedian, making appearances at venues such as the G Street Bar and Grill and Hart's Cafe in Grants Pass and Chadwick's Pub and Ground Zero in Medford.

When he's not charming audiences with his humor, Kehoe finds fulfillment working with developmentally disabled adults.

Clark opens the shows at Ground Zero. Admission costs $5 and includes a buffet-style dinner. Call 779-4827.

Some have compared Joe Cocozzello to Lenny Bruce. He’ll be performing at the Rogue Regency Inn this weekend. - Tribblerun Comedy Network