Hernando Today correspondent
Fans of music and comedy can get their fix in one spot next weekend.
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present comedian Ted Holum and singer Brian Roman on Feb. 22 at the Hernando Performing Arts Center in Brooksville.
Ted Holum's first start in comedy came about when his friends talked him into performing at a comedy show in Chicago 38 years ago.
For his first six months in show business, Holum fought to keep nervous energy in check before each show.
"It was terrible," Holum said.
However, Holum soon opened a comedy club in Chicago in the 1970s, named the Comedy Womb, with friend, Ed Fiala, where new comedians could learn and grow in the art of comedy, showcasing their act in five to ten minute intervals.
Fast forwarding to the present, Holum now routinely entertains crowds as a veteran comedian on cruises, such as the Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America, and Princess Cruise Lines, and for corporate events and comedy shows.
What has surprised Holum the most is the impact that his comedy sometimes had on the lives of the people that he was entertaining.
"Most the time, you do your show, people laugh and have a good time. But I've had it where someone would come up to me after the show and say, 'You know, my wife has cancer, and she forgot her problems for an hour,' Holum said. "Sometimes you don't realize how you affect people. It is very touching and most rewarding when something like that happens."
Singer Brian Roman is also touching lives through his beautiful voice. Just a few short years ago, Roman was working hard in the insurance industry. But his passion was in the gift of song. He left a successful career in insurance to pursue his dream to sing and entertain folks across the world.
"I made a late-in-life career change to follow my dream of being a singer and entertainer. ... Something I had dreamt of since I was a very small boy," Roman said. "The songs I perform are the songs I loved as a small boy and they are still my favorite today."
People say he reminds them of performers from the golden age of male singers, such Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Englebert and Neil Diamond, Roman said.
"Each and every time I go on stage I feel so lucky," Roman said. "I love to share the gift of entertainment with an audience."
Having spent most of his adult life as an insurance salesman has made him appreaciate a career in showbiz even more, Roman said.
"It is certainly providing an incredible journey for me," he said. "When I am on stage, I have so much fun that it seems the audience can't help but have fun too. I hope that this is the case anyway."
Comedian Ted Holum and singer Brian Roman's show starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, located at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., in Brooksville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Reserved seating is available. Tickets can also be purchased with cash or check at the door. For groups of six to 10 people, ticket pricing is discounted to $20. Also, a special discount ticket price of $20 is available for all educators.
The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will use the proceeds from the shows to provide scholarships to Hernando County high school seniors who wish to pursue an education in the performing arts.
Brian Roman will also sell his music CDs after the show and donate half of all proceeds to the scholarship fund.
For ticket reservations, call (352) 799-5577 or for more info visit www.hpag.org.
Hernando Today correspondent Heather Francis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.