Our Mission

At Great Falls Comedy Club, our mission is simple yet powerful: to make laughter a priority in people’s lives. We believe in the transforming and healing power of laughter, and we strive to create an environment where everyone can experience the joy and connection that comedy brings.

Through our live performances, community events, and outreach programs, we aim to spread laughter far and wide, uplifting spirits and brightening lives. Laughter has the remarkable ability to transcend differences, bridge gaps, and create shared moments of pure joy. It brings people together, cultivates positivity, and reminds us of our shared humanity.

We are dedicated to curating exceptional comedic talent, providing a platform for local comedians to shine, and delivering unforgettable experiences that leave lasting smiles.

By prioritizing laughter, we believe we can make a positive impact on individuals, communities, and society as a whole.

The Beginning

The Great Falls Comedy Club had humble beginnings that can be traced back to March 2018 when Leonard Kimble, fueled by a lifelong passion for stand-up comedy, enrolled in a stand-up comedy class. Little did he know that this decision would introduce him to two individuals who would become instrumental in the club’s creation.

In October 2018, Leonard came across a comedy writing class taught by the charismatic comedian Nick Gordon. It was during this class that Leonard, Nick, and another aspiring comedian named Nic Dufault crossed paths. The three quickly bonded over their shared love for making people laugh, discovering a natural chemistry and comedic synergy.

Inspired by their experiences in the comedy writing class, Leonard, Nick, and Nic set out to transform their shared vision into reality. They recognized the need within the community for a dedicated comedy club, a place where people could come together, experience the transforming power of laughter, and create lasting memories.

With their combined talents, unwavering belief in the power of comedy, and a deep desire to bring joy to others, The Great Falls Comedy Club was born. Today, it stands as a vibrant hub of laughter, entertainment, and community—a testament to the initial meeting and shared experiences of Leonard, Nick, and Nic in the comedy classes.

The Club

Introducing the Great Falls Comedy Club, formerly the River Comics! With our fresh identity, we continue to prioritize laughter and create unforgettable experiences. Our dedication to curating exceptional talent and providing a platform for local comedians remains unwavering.

As the Great Falls Comedy Club, we spread laughter far and wide, uplifting spirits and brightening lives. Join us on this laughter-filled journey that unites communities and makes a positive impact. Welcome to the Great Falls Comedy Club, where laughter reigns supreme!


Owner and President

Leonard Kimble is an up and coming comedian from Auburn, ME, where he lives with his wife, two kids, and a cat he doesn’t want. He spends his days as that IT guy who works on stuff you don’t really care about. Originally from Chicago, Leonard bases his comedy on things he has said to his wife in the car, whether it be about their kids or life in Maine. The sound of strangers laughing at something silly that he wrote in his basement fuels him to his next gig.

In 2018, Leonard’s first year doing comedy, he was a semi-finalist in the Empire Summer Comedy Classic in Portland, a semi-finalist in the House of Bacon Wednesday Night Live Comedy Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Maine Event Comedy’s Tightest Five Competition in Auburn. He also advanced to the second round of The Last Comix Standing at the Mohegan Sun. He really enjoys the semi-finals of competitions because of all of the free beer.

Vice President

Nick Gordon has enjoyed comedy since the day he found a bootleg tape of Andrew Dice Clay while snooping through his father’s sock drawer. He has performed stand-up throughout New England and has shared the stage with many great comics such as Casey Crawford, Eddie Brill, and Craig Gass.

Nick is a co-founder of The Great Falls Comedy Club, The River Comics comedy production team, and the co-host of the Comedy Think Tanked Podcast.

Lewiston, Maine’s Nic Dufault has opened for comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried. He also opened for “The Queen of Boston Comedy”, Christine Hurley. He was a finalist in House of Bacon’s Wednesday Night Live Comedy Competition and also advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Empire Comedy Summer Classic in Portland. His hilarious stories, impressions, and fun-loving personality has been winning audiences over from Portland to Bangor and beyond.

Growing up in Auburn, ME, Ian MacDonald now spends his Winters, Springs, Summers, and Falls in Brunswick, ME.

Ian was a contestant in The River Comics’ Maine’s Wicked Funny Laugh Off Contest 2021, finalist in Maine Event Comedy’s Tightest Five Competition, performed at the Bricks & Bridges Comedy Fest 2021, Portland Maine Comedy Festival 2022, third place finalist in New England’s Funniest Comedian Competition 2022, and was a regular performer at Empire Comedy Club, including the Make ME Laugh game show.

His Mom will tell you he’s been doing comedy his entire life. Others may tell you his life is absurd. Specifically, Camus. To quote Ian, himself, from his upcoming book:

“I like to hit things with sticks.” And, “I didn’t know what a River Comic was, but I knew I had to be one.”

Crystal Bernard was born and raised in Maine. Mother of one son. She was the first student to complete the 350 hr course at the New England School of Metalwork. She has been working as both a welder and bartender for the last 12 years. She started doing stand-up comedy 6 years ago. Since then, she was a finalist in New England’s Funniest Comic competition and a runner-up in Maine’s Wicked Funny Laugh Off.  Close to her family, she enjoys 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and traveling.

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