Saturday, June 14, 2008 | 6 a.m.
Las Vegas comedian Don Barnhart is a hit in Canada – his “Freedom of Speech Comedy Show” has been selected for performance at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada July 17-18.
Barnhart, who recently won the American Idol Underground's Comedy Contest, came up with “The Freedom of Speech Comedy Show” while entertaining U.S. troops overseas. Barnhart explains, "We were censored by the government while entertaining the men and women putting their lives on the line to make the world a safer place."
The concept of the Freedom of Speech Comedy Show is no gimmicks or censorship; just top touring comedians performing in front of real comedy club audiences.
"The subject matter of ‘The Freedom of Speech Show’ is everything from political to goofy, the only rule is it's got to be funny," Barnhart says. "For years, the networks have scoured the comedy clubs looking to develop the next comedy superstars but they have failed to do is leave LA and New York overlooking the solid road comics. The comics featured on the Freedom of Speech Show are all national touring headliners. The difference is that these comics spend their time on the road working on their acts, not hanging out in LA or New York.”