It's LAL, and one will LOL at the CCA!

For those needing translation, that is It's Lipstick and Laughs and one will be laughing out loud at the Chatfield Center for the Arts.

"There are a lot of standup comedy lineups that feature all male comedians, but this show is exclusively showcasing some of the best female comics that the Midwest has to offer," explained Tony Cole, a Chatfield Center for the Arts volunteer. "With a title like 'Lipstick and Laughs' (LAL!), you know this has to be a great show."

Cole has gathered the talents of comediennes Shannan Paul, Jenn Schaal and Diane Sieber for the Laugh Out Loud (LOL!) Comedy Tour at the CCA this coming Saturday, April 19, a benefit to raise funds to improve the CCA.

"Our headliner for the evening is Miss Shannan Paul," Cole related, sharing Paul's stage resume.

"Shannan's charismatic comedy and charm landed her a regional finalist slot on NBC's 'Last Comic Standing.' She is also a regular guest on KARE 11 Today, Fox 9 News, and appeared on the nationally televised 'NickMoms' Night Out' on Nickelodeon."

He went on to introduce the feature comedienne Schaal, who was a finalist in the Funniest Person with a Day Job in the Twin Cities, performed in the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, Ind., and the She-Devil Comedy Festival in New York, N.Y., as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2012 Rooftop Comedy National College Competition.

"We'll round out the night with the fabulously funny Diane Sieber, one of the funniest up- and-coming comics in the Twin Cities," Cole added.

He explained that standup comedy is relatively new to the CCA's stage, as it was only this past fall that he brought the first comedians to Chatfield.

"From the very beginning, when we started this standup comedy experiment, there was a group of local folks that told me they would support live comedy if I could make it happen," he explained. "Since then, the group of faithful fans has grown and grown."

He said he is continuously approached by people who comment they are anxiously awaiting the next show.

"Promoting live standup comedy shows is a labor of love that I really, really enjoy," Cole added. "Another fringe benefit that we all get is the chance to become acquainted with some extremely talented and hilarious people from all over the Midwest. Three lovely, hilarious ladies of comedy think enough of the comedy fans here in Chatfield to make our town one of the stops on their tour."

He said another comedian had pointed him in Paul's direction and she came highly recommended.

All of the proceeds from the show will go to support the art center. "All of us, including myself, are simply devoted volunteers that want to bring art, in all forms, to southeastern Minnesota," Cole added.

The upcoming "Lipstick and Laughter" show is meant to make everyone giggle - gals and guys alike.

"Apart from the three beautiful, talented, funny and gracious ladies that will be taking the stage, some of the jokes might shine a hilarious light on some of the differences between the sexes," Cole said in anticipation of the event. "If laughter makes a person happier, healthier and live longer, then our fans just might live to be 150 years young. Once they come see one of the shows, they'll be hooked and considered 'one of the family' in the LOL Comedy Showcase clique. This really is a great time for everyone who comes."

The "Lipstick and Laughs" comedy show is slated for this coming Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield Center for the Arts' Legion Room, with "happy, happy, happy hour" set to begin at the cash bar at 6:30 p.m.

The show is recommended for audiences 21 years of age and over, and tickets are $15 at the door.

Cole pointed out this show isn't the end of the giggles at the Chatfield Center for the Arts. "There will be a May show," he concluded. "The date and talent will be announced at the April 19 show - and then we will be taking the summer off to enjoy all of the summer festivities and getting shows lined up for the next season, which will begin in September."

Many, many things are happening at the Chatfield Center for the Arts and Cole urged those interested in upcoming performances and events to visit or the CCA Facebook page for more information.