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Comedian Rio Hillman comes to Diamond Back in Vale Friday

VALE – When Rio Hillman speaks, his posture is slightly stooped and his soft voice livens up. He casts his eyes toward the floor like a boy too nervous to make eye contact with his crush. It’s a shtick, something he does as he warms up to the crowd.

The comedian will share his wits and charm with Malheur County this Friday, July 12, at the Diamond Back Bar and Grill in Vale.

Hillman, in his 40s now, describes himself as a “late bloomer” in comedy and “recovering Midwesterner” who has worked as a warehouseman and kitchen assistant at a retirement home.

Born in Chicago and raised in Wisconsin for most of his life, Hillman arrived on the comedy scene a little over a decade ago. He said his interest in stand-up started in Wisconsin, when he and a friend . . .