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

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