As Cole Porter famously said, “All the world loves a clown.” The same is true of a great comedian. Because who doesn’t feel uplifted after a night at a comedy club where you laugh until it hurts? But for those who chuckled along to the rants of Don Rickles or the goofball routines perfected by Steve Martin, stand-up comedy today may be something of a letdown. Sure, some older folks appreciate edgy humor à la Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle, but many like a cleaner, more lighthearted approach. The latter is the audience that Bonnie Barchichat and her roster of older comics cater to with the Senior Comedy Afternoons program, which has been bringing laughs throughout Southern California, in cities such as San Juan Capistrano, Hermosa Beach and Long Beach.

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