When it comes to comedy, Pat Collins and the BBC go together like PB & J.

At 18 years old, most kids are intent on spending one last carefree summer on the beach before heading to college. Not Pat Collins. And many 18 year olds have yet to reach the stage in life where they’re comfortable speaking to a roomful of family members, never mind a room filled with complete strangers. Not Pat Collins.

After growing up watching comedians Steve Sweeney and Lenny Clarke – “the greats” as he put it – Pat Collins knew he wanted to be a stand-up comic so when he was 18, fresh out of high school, he didn’t head to the beach. He headed into Boston to do stand-up comedy routines at Nick’s Comedy Stop. Although it’s quite possible he managed a few days at the beach too.

“I started doing some open mic and then I got booked for some local shows,” said Collins when we recently sat down with him. “I loved it; there’s no greater high than people laughing at your original material.”

After spending the summer performing at various spots around Boston, Collins went off to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, where he continued to cut his comedy chops performing in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley area while completing his degree in communications. Trips back and forth to Boston to perform in open mic nights and showcases throughout college kept Collins firmly entrenched in the region’s burgeoning comedy scene. Along the way, Pat got married and had two children, and pursued a more traditional career path. As much as Pat enjoys his rewarding position with the Charles River Center, the Needham-based organization which supports people with developmental disabilities, he got the comedic itch again and went back into stand-up six years ago.

“I’ve had more success this time; more fun. Now I get to work with some of the greats I used to watch,” said Collins. “I also have a bigger pool of material now that I’ve gotten older…marriage and family material,” he added with a chuckle.

When Collins came calling on the BBC, floating the concept of creating a true comedy club experience in the ‘burbs, we listened. The man has an in-depth knowledge of the local comedy scene; how could we not? And when that concept coalesced into comedy for a cause, we were totally on board, and in June of 2015, the BBC Comedy Corner was born at our Walpole location. Since then, Pat has pulled together about 10 shows, most of which have sold out, with a portion of the proceeds going to an area nonprofit organization.

A typical show runs about 90 minutes with Collins serving as emcee and “warming up the crowd,” followed by an opening act featuring an up and coming local, then a “middler” – Pat’s word; not ours – and then the headliner. 

Up for a laugh? Then come on down.

Details on Upcoming Shows:

When: April 21st @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: BBC Walpole, 85 Providence Highway
Headliner: Harrison Stebbins
Tickets: $20 p/p available @ EventBrite – Harrison Stebbins

When: April 22nd @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: BBC Sandwich, 46 Route 6A
Headliner: Mike Petit
Tickets: $20 p/p available @ EventBrite – Mike Petit

When: May 5th @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: BBC Walpole, 85 Providence Highway
Headliner: The Fighting Fitzgeralds
Tickets: $30 p/p available @ EventBrite – Fighting Fitzgeralds

When: June 23rd @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: BBC Walpole, 85 Providence Highway
Headliner: Mike Petit – Proceeds to support the National Parkinson Foundation
Tickets: $20 p/p available @ EventBrite – Comedy Night for Parkinson’s