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Theater & art

New Year’s Eve is comedy’s big night

This New Year’s Eve, as people are getting dressed in their sharpest clothes and heading out to celebrate, comedians all over town will be getting ready for work. It’s the biggest night of the year for comics, with shows in venues large and small, in clubs and theaters, in Boston and farther out in the suburbs.

Veteran Boston comic Tony V has worked the city’s First Night celebration for roughly 15 years, ever since he first proposed stand-up as a part of the schedule, and he’ll do two shows Monday with fellow Boston staple Ken Rogerson. Tony V says he can’t remember a time in his 30-year career when he wasn’t telling jokes on Dec. 31. “If you’re not working New Year’s Eve,” he says, “you can’t really call yourself a working comic.”

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