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Paranormal comics hope to bring down house at Andrew Carnegie Free Library

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library patrons are in for a hauntingly good time Saturday at an event that promises to be not just entertaining, but ethereal as well.

The April 20 show in the music hall headlines comedienne and ghost hunter Karen Rontowski and pet psychic Sonya King, who come together to provide the audience with laughs — and a glimpse into the unknown.

“We're very excited to see how it goes and what kind of people come to this,” assistant library director Erin Tipping said.

Tipping said that while the library has hosted comedians before, it has never showcased one that focused on the paranormal. It's the first pet psychic, as well.

The show is hosted by comedian David Kaye, who owns Slapstick Productions, which organized the show.

Kaye said King realized her ability after sustaining head trauma in a car accident. Afterward, he said, she found she was able to better engage and communicate with her pets. When relayed to friend and fellow comedian Rontowski, the two combined their abilities into “Ghosts and Giggles.”

“A lot of time, comedians are trying to find a way to theme their performances,” Kaye said, “and this just seemed like the perfect theme with them together.”

The idea to bring “Ghosts and Giggles” to the library came after a fundraiser brainstorming session between Kaye and library program director Lynne Cochran.

The library, which is 114 years old, has long been rumored to be haunted and has had numerous paranormal investigations come through its halls.

“We thought, ‘In what way can we incorporate the ghost-hunting into the library's fundraising,'” Kaye said. “I said, ‘I have the perfect matchup — the paranormal comics.'”

Tickets to the event are $25, which includes two drink vouchers. Library doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 412-276-3456 or online at www.carnegiecarnegie.org.

After the show, both Rontowski and King take questions from the audience, with Kaye moderating. Rontowski does Tarot card readings, and King fields questions on pets.

“They go back and forth and alternate questions between one and the other,” he said. “It's hilarious – it really is just a supernaturally funny show.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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