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Comedian to headline EDC banquet

New Richmond resident Scott Novotny will bring his comedy routine to St. Croix EDC's Business of the Year awards banquet on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls.

He has been performing stand-up comedy for 25 years and over that time, Novotny has had people laughing from coast to coast with his clean, non-offensive, very funny observations and humor. He has appeared in more than 100 different comedy clubs, including The Comedy Store, Knuckleheads, Funny Business and Yuk Yuk's in Canada.

Novotny has written for HBO, Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop, Strange Brew comic strip and NBC's Saturday Night Live. He has opened in concert for such notables as the Smothers Brothers, Jay Leno, Penn and Teller, Pee Wee Herman, REO Speedwagon and B.B. King.

Novotny teaches classes in stand-up comedy and improvisation and is currently working on teaching a class in comedy therapy.

On Feb. 21, the EDC will honor three businesses in the county in the categories of emerging (in business for five or fewer years), small (29 or fewer employees) and business of the year (30 or more employees).

The event is open to the public but advanced registration is required, by contacting the EDC offices at (715) 381-4383.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social (cash bar). Dinner is served at 6:30 and awards will be presented at 7:15 p.m.