Friday, September 28, 2012

The Comedians with Disabilities Act returns to Hollywood - with comedy legend Geri Jewell!

The Comedians with Disabilities Act is returning to the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, and they're bringing some star power with them: special guest and disabled comedy pioneer Geri Jewell.

The heralded disabled comedian troupe will be performing on Tuesday, November 13th, at 8:00 PM, in a benefit show for L.A. City College's Office of Special Services.  Regulars Steve Danner, Nina G, Eric Mee and Michael O'Connell will be joined by Jewell for a night of differently-abled laughter to raise monies for programs that benefit LACC disabled students.

Comedian/actress/author/speaker/trainer Geri Jewell is best remembered as Cousin Geri on the 80s sitcom The Facts of Life, where she became the first disabled person to have a regular role on a television series.  She went on to appear in such shows as 21 Jump Street, The Young and the Restless, and as a regular on the hit HBO series Deadwood.  But she began her career in comedy, which is her first love, and has been seen on many cable comedy shows like A&E's Evening at the Improv and VH1's Stand Up Spotlight over the years.  These days, when not acting or performing, Geri is in high demand as a motivational speaker and diversity consultant for Fortune 500 companies and the US government.  She has also written her autobiography, "I'm Walking as Straight as I Can", detailing her life living with cerebral palsy and overcoming disability barriers in Hollywood and beyond.

The Comedians with Disabilities Act formed when four northern California comics, all with different disabilities, decided to team up to create a unique, hilarious and unforgettable comedy tour.  Eric Mee is the visually impaired comic.  Steve Danner is a little person.  Michael O'Connell has Muscular Dystrophy and is in a wheelchair.  And Nina G is a comedienne who stutters.  They've performed at comedy clubs and college campuses all over California, and are now returning to the Laugh Factory to follow up their first blockbuster performance there in 2011.

Monies raised will be going to L.A. City College's Office of Special Services, and audience members are promised a night of "accessible" comedy like they've never experienced.  The Sunset Strip is about to get "special".

The Laugh Factory
8001 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-1336

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Sacramento Comedy Festival - 9/7/12 - 9/15/12!

9 days!  25 shows!  120+ performers!  The second annual Sacramento Comedy Festival is about to descend on the capital city with a vengeance!  Well...with a fun and whimsical vengeance...

Last year, Brian Crall--owner of the Sacramento Comedy Spot--brought the dream of Sacramento having its own comedy festival to life.  This year, it's back and bigger than ever, with an amazing assemblage of comedy shows, ranging from improv to sketch comedy to variety shows to game shows to stand-up, bringing together performers from L.A., Denver, the Bay Area, and right here in Sactown.  Shows will take place at both the Sacramento Comedy Spot and Luna's Cafe, and will be happening every night of the festival.

Improv comedy shows will include such teams as Anti-Cooperation League, The Neighbor's Kids, Awkward Face, Lady Business, Lipstick Librarian, Bro Squad 5 and Comedy Sportz Sacramento, as well as the popular In Your Facebook show that uses the Facebook pages of audience members as improv fuel for the performers.  Sketch comedy will come from The Syndicate, Comedy Space (presented by creator Ray Molina), and Critical Hit (the geek-centered comedy show, created and hosted by Nick Pettigrew).  The Comedy Show will be a variety show that will be taped for a web series, and will include special guest Charlotte Stewart (Little House on the Prairie). The Sacramento Comedy Spot's own weekly podcast/game show, The Top 10 List Podcast, will be taping two live shows during the festival, and I Challenge You will have audience contestants competing in trivia and funny physical challenges.  The late night Dirty Comedy Show will not be for the faint of heart.  Special guests to the festival will include Jeff Sloniker (Reno 911, Parks and Recreation) and Betsy Sodaro (Animal Practice).  Musical guests will include Dog Party and Picard Maneuver.

A dazzling array of local and visiting stand-up comics will be performing in multiple comedy shows, including Johnny Taylor, Michael O’Connell, Priya Prasad, Andrew Holmgren, Des Henderson, Keith Lowell Jensen, Matt Gubser, Kristen Frisk, Cheryl the Soccer Mom, Shane Murphy, Chazz Hawkins, John Ross, Dejan Tyler, Matt Raymond, Jessica Wellington, Jaime Fernandez, Giuliana-Vita Gabrielli, Stephen Furey, Derik Bishop, Ngaio Bealum, Joe Klocek, Kurt Weitzmann, Sandra Risser, Queenie TT, Brent Gill, Carlos Rodriguez, Daniel Humbarger, Rich Slaton, Kiry Shabazz, and more!

Tickets are available now for purchase online, either for individual shows (ranging from $5.00 to $12.00) or the all-encompassing Unlimited Festival Pass ($55.00) that will let you see any and every show of the Festival.  Beer is served at both the Sacramento Comedy Spot and Luna's Cafe.  No minimum is required.

Click the logo below to go to for a full schedule of events, performer list, event info and to purchase tickets.

Read the article on the Festival in Submerge Magazine here.

There are shows and comedians for all tastes, so come on out, join the fun and help put Sacramento comedy on the map!

Michael O'Connell will be performing in Stand-Up Extravaganza #1 at the Sacramento Comedy Spot on Friday, 9/7, at 10:30 PM.