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    Comedian George Hamm rose through the local comedy ranks in the early 2000s when he headlined multiple comedy clubs throughout New England and even traveled to China with fellow comedian Bob Marley. Since then he's dealt with a tax problem that has spiraled out of control and an uphill battle with depression.

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    Hamm gathers his thoughts as he looks over his "cheat sheet" of jokes while hosting a special at the Eagles Club in Portland.

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    Once one of the top comedians in New England, Hamm is now living with a friend in Cape Elizabeth, taking the occasional gig here and there as he tries to get back on his feet.

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    Friends of Hamm sit inside the Portland Eagles Club alone as they wait for the annual for his Thanksgiving special to start. Since rising through the New England comedy ranks in the early 2000s, Hamm's career path has seen a downward trend.

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    Hamm performs for the crowd at the Eagles Club in Portland.

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    Hamm pauses to think of his next line as he performs at the Eagles Club in Portland.

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    Hamm looks through pages of jokes he keeps with him while at a Cape Elizabeth house a friend lets him stay at in.

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