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Published: Thursday, 10/6/2011

Painfully funny Kevin Hart hits Connxtions Comedy Club

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Funnyman Kevin Hart wasn't always funny. In fact, the comedian recalls being slapped in the face with a Buffalo-style chicken wing after telling a bad joke early in his career. Hart has come a long way since those days of bad jokes and selling sneakers in Philadelphia. Thursday night, he'll bring his stand-up act to Connxtions Comedy Club on Heatherdowns Road in Toledo. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday night and Friday. The Laugh At My Pain tour is laced with short jokes and stories about Mr. Hart's difficult life experiences and shameful situations. The comedian has appeared in Little Fockers, Death at a Funeral, Soul Plane, and other films, before taking his stand up to the big screen. Tickets are $30. Information: connxtionscomedyclub.com.

Legendary comedian Tim Conway, a six-time Emmy winner will bring his signature dry delivery to the Stranahan Theater Wednesday for the Tim Conway & Friends Comedy Show. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. and tickets range from $33 to $78. Conway, who attended Bowling Green State University, starred in hit shows such as The Carol Burnett Show and McHale's Navy. Look for a preview of Conway's show featuring an interview with the comedian in Sunday's Blade.

Representatives from more than 80 colleges, universities, and other educational institutions will be in Toledo tonight for College Night 2011. Representatives will be on site from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at University of Toledo, Scott Park Campus, 2225 Nebraska Ave., to meet with students and parents. Information sessions on financial aid, maximizing ACT and SAT scores, and essay writing and scholarships will be offered during the event. In addition to colleges and universities from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, organizers expect representatives of the military and local trade programs.

Ghosts and goblins are sure to be on the loose at the 15th Annual Spooktacular Fall Festival. The event takes place Friday and Saturday in Loop Park in Walbridge. From 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, there will be haunted houses, carnival rides, food, a craft and flea market, and a bonfire with s'mores. At 1 p.m. Saturday, there will be pumpkin decorating and a coloring contest and the Toledo Zoo will host a "Scary Animals" presentation. Bluegrass band Bridge County Bluegrass will take the stage at 2 p.m., while scary stories are shared in the Walbridge Library. Michael the Magnificent will perform a magic show at 5 p.m. and there will be costume contests for pets and kids. The car show awards will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a parade at 7:30 and trick-or-treating at 8 p.m. Information: 419-697-1548.



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