The Downtown Branson Betterment Association, DBBA, is hosting its third annual “Downtown Follies Celebrity Comedy Feud” game show fundraiser, set for 2 p.m. May 6 at the Historic Owen Theatre.
“Not only is this a fun event for visitors and locals alike to come out and watch some of their favorite Branson ‘celebrities’ on the stage duking it out in a ‘Family Feud-type’ of game show, but it is also used to help raise money for downtown,” said Events Coordinator for the Downtown Betterment Association Lindsay Rehmert said. “That includes helping put on events, including the ‘Autumn Daze,’ that locals and visitors know and love.”
The “Celebrity Comedy Feud” pits community members of note against each other in contest that is described as “reminiscent of that fun family game show on comedy steroids.” During the event, teams battle it out for top answers to interesting surveys from across the country.
This year’s “who’s who” lineup of locals includes Branson Mayor Karen Best, “Magnificent 7 Variety Show” star Tamra Tinoco, Branson Tri-Lakes News Entertainment Writer Joshua Clark, Pastor Tom Wilcox of First Presbyterian Church, Petersen Family bluegrass band member and “American Idol” standout Ellen Petersen, Dr. Sue Head of College of the Ozarks, Renee Michaels of the Branson Murder Mystery Theater’s “Murder on the Square,” Lallie Bridges from the Hot Hits Theatre in downtown, “Pierce Arrow” cast member Tony Turner, Tim Church of Hometown Radio, Matt Farmer of Vintage Paris, and local favorite Pete Peterson from the Branson-Hollister Senior Center.
“It’s really cool of the ‘celebrities’ to donate their time because they have a great network of people that can get involved,” Rehmert said. “Plus, I truly believe these celebrities do love to support the community. They all do such great things, and we’re awful glad to have them participate in this event to not only have a great time, but to show support.”
“Pure Comedy Feud” host Debi Diamond will host the show.
“It is as much fun to watch as it is to play,” Diamond said. “I am really looking forward to being a part of the annual ‘Downtown Follies-Celebrity Comedy Feud.’ It is sure to be tons of fun.”
Unlike last year, this year’s event, which offered two different showtimes, this year’s show will be a 90 minute affair beginning at 2 p.m.
“We’ve got a great lineup, and this is going to be a lot of fun,” Rehmert said.
In addition to having a good time, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Senior Center’s Homebound Meals Program at the Branson-Hollister Senior Center, in addition to the Downtown Branson Betterment Association.
“That is something new we’re doing this year,” Rehmert said. “That program is so important to many of our senior citizens in the area.” Last year the DBBA raised $2,500.