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Cracking people up for a cure

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 22, 2007 11:04 AM

NEWTON

Ten years ago, Jon Fisch began two endeavors that stick with him today. The first was stand-up comedy. The second was the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike race to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

He'll get to combine those things for the second year in a row Thursday when he comes back from New York City for a PMC benefit at the Dedham Community Theatre with several of his fellow Boston comics.

The 34-year-old Newton native left town as a promising comic six years ago, having biked in two Pan-Mass Challenges and volunteered in two others.

He had no way to participate in the race from New York until last year, when his friend Anne Maneikis decided to join the race. The two had started in comedy together, although Maneikis, who works in advertising, now pursues stand-up as a hobby. A comedy fund-raiser seemed a natural fit.

Read more in today's Globe.

-- Nick A. Zaino III

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