Archive for September, 2010

Watch Nash and Me on NBC’s Saturday Today in New York here!!

September 28, 2010

as become a real cheese head. Maybe he is a Packers fan. It is amazing, as he can be asleep in my bed, and no matter the time of day, if I open the fridge and take the cheese out before I can even turn around, I hear the click of his paws on the hard wood floors, and he comes raising into the kitchen before the fridge door even shuts! What sucks is I was getting some cheese out as a snack for me, and now I have to share it. I will give Nash a little cheese treat, and cut a few pieces for me. Put the cheese away head into the other room, sit down, and he will stare at me, and even though I am blind, I can tell he is giving me a hey dude, what’s with eating my cheese look! I guess Nash and I will both have to learn how to share.

If you missed Nash and me on NBC’s Saturday Today in New York, or are not local to NYC, you

can view it on youtube, here is the link.

Not to shabby for a blind guy to be able to get the show transferred from my tivo to my computer, converted from a Mpeg4 to an avi file, and then edited down to just our segment. Makes you wonder what I could with full sight? Don’t answer as I think about that question way to often.

Well, October was shaping up to be a slow month for us, but now it is looking like it could be our busiest month of the year. That is a good thing. I don’t want to talk about anything until it is official, as I seem to have a way of jinxing things when I talk about them before they are over. We will however be back at Guiding Eyes on October 15th, I think we will be speaking. Funny, I always say we, yet Nash never does any of the speaking, it’s always up to me to do the speaking while he just sites there being cute and all. Hey Nash, you are going to have to start getting by not just on your looks, or ok, just keep doing what you are doing and all being cute if it is working for ya!

Nash’s First Recital and I Hate Fantasy Sports!

September 27, 2010

Well, should I start with the good or the bad? Lets start with the good, on Friday night, Nash went to his first piano recital. A friend of mine’s wife is an amazing piano player, and she is getting ready to play at Carnegie Hall. They had a bunch of people over to their place on Friday night as tune up for the Carnegie Hall show, so Nash and I headed over. We had an interesting bus ride, as what I assume was some crazy homeless guy of course sat down right across from Nash and me on the bus. He kepy dropping F bombs directed at Nash. What was I to do? If I said something, I assumed it would only cause more problems, as I wasn’t exactly dealing with a rational individual here. What kind of a guy curses at Nash? There were some people sitting next me, but they kept moving, as this guy was pretty annoying and a tad frightening. I just bit my lip and kept making sure Nash was tucked in by me. He even was saying your not blind, I’m blind. My blood was boiling, but I kept a cool head. I was thinking what if he comes at Nash, and my only thought was if he does, I’m just going to start swinging at him, and I assumed eventually someone would come to our aid. Luckily it didn’t come to that, but it was the first time in the 15 month’s that Nash and I have been together that I even had to have a thought like that cross my mind. Luckily the guy didn’t get off the bus at the same stop as me, which surprised me, as I thought he was going to the piano recital too! After an eventful bus ride, we got to my friend Kevin’s, had a few drinks, and then the concert began. Wow, was she amazing. Nash seemed to enjoy the music and was on his best behavior. I knew he would be on his best behavior, but I had to think some people were thinking Oh God, is that dog going to bark during the performance? No one heckled her while she played away, and Nash laid on my feet and of course stared at all the poople munching away on cheese and crackers. Hey, he wouldn’t be Nash if he didn’t give the puppy eyes to everyone while they were eating!

So it’s that time of year, fantasy baseball playoffs and the start of fantasy football. Hey, to a blind guy who loved playing and watching sports, fantasy is all I have left, especially now that I can’t see baseball or football games at all. So, I have ten fantasy baseball teams, I know that sounds like a lot, but actually after the drafts, there really isn’t much to do except set your weekly lineup. I play in a league where you sign players to 1, 2, or 3 contracts, so it is a lot of fun as you build for the future. This was supposed to be my year, as I cruised to the playoffs in seven of ten of my leagues. This past week was the first week of the playoffs, and of course, almost everyone of my teams puts up their worst week of the season, and it looks like I am going to lose all seven games. Unbelievable. This infuriates me, as I figured I would win at least two or three of the leagues. I hated losing when I could play sports, and used to yell at the tv when I could watch sports, Nash stopped my yelling, as he gets upset when I yell. He actually gets in my face to make sure everything is ok, and I haven’t yelled at a game on tv in over a year. Of course, I did yell at the computer today, and on cue, Nash came over, got in my face and was like what’s with the yelling dude? Oh and of course today, I put up the second most fantasy football points in my league by 50, and just like in life, I get screwed, as the guy I am playing puts up ten more points than me. I am beginning to lose my patience with fantasy sports. Thanks to the man upstairs as he is taking yet another thing away from me. Oh well, hopefully this will be a good week in the real non fantasy world, as we are waiting to hear back on a bunch of things.

Laugh For Sight 5 Recap, Oh What A Night!

September 23, 2010

Wow, what a night Laugh For Sight 5 on Monday, Sept. 20th at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Laugh For Sight the biggest and best yet. While the numbers won’t be finalized for a few weeks, we are thankful to everyone who attended and helped out with the benefit.

Thanks to VisionZone for being this year’s presenting sponsor in NYC, and we are looking forward to our inaugural LFS L.A. at the Melrose Improv on Nov. 9th. Thanks to Diageo and Patron for donating product that was served at the silent auction. Thanks to Guiding Eyes For the Blind for being on hand with their adorable puppies in training. Just like last year, thay were a huge hit. A special thanks to Michelle Brier, Susan Kroha, Meg, and Jaime. You guys are the best, keep up the great work. A very special thanks to Mark Liflander and his unbelievable talent as a photographer. Without your involvement, no one would believe these amazing nights even happened! Thanks to Mark Farrell from Rock 101.9. You really livened up the silent auction with your emceeing, and for those of you who could not attend, Mark led off the silent auction with, “welcome to Brian Fischler’s engagement party!” So I guess Nash and I are engaged which is weird, but I do love the guy.

The silent auction was a huge hit, and was completely packed. It was great to see so many people with guide dogs and canes attend this year’s benefit. As tonight was their night too! A very special thanks to Alix and Susan Michel, and all the great jewelery they got donated to Laugh For Sight. Their continued support makes Laugh For Sight possible. Thanks to all the companies that donated auction items to Laugh For Sight including Visionzone, Comedy Central, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Kramer Portraits, Exhale Spa, Eli Manning, The NY Yankees, The NY Knicks, The NY Jets, The NY Islanders, The NJ Devils, The NJ Nets, The Metropolitan Opera, Second Stage, Time Out New York, Myoptics, The Philadelphia Flyers, and Harley-Davidson.

A very very special thanks to my gal Friday, Lis Perry, thank you so very much for streamlining everything and turning Laugh For Sight into a much more efficient organization. I don’t know where we would be with out you.

A very special thanks to my Veep, Scott Wartham, my eyes and Nash’s new best buddy.

Thanks to Fight For Sight for being involved with this year’s Laugh For Sight, and to Mike Wilke. A very special thanks to Gotham Comedy Club, without your continued support, there wouldn’t be a Laugh For Sight. A very special thanks to Chris Mazzilli, Laura Townell, Ed, Eric, Brad, and the entire staff at Gotham. You guys know you are the best.

Now for the nitty gritty. Aren’t I great at using out dated expressions and phrases? For those of you who missed this year’s comedy show, you missed an amazing night of comedy. Every comedian that donated their time was at the top of their game, and really brought it.

The lineup was amazing, as Ophira Eisenberg took the stage as this year’s emcee. Wow can she worked the crowd, and get everyone going. After Ophira, Nash and I took the stage. Nash was amazing considering how many people in the audience he knew. He is such an unbelievably trained dog, and keeps me at ease on stage. I was pretty happy with my set, and sad when it was over, as the rest of the night was relaxing for me. Jessica Kirson took the stage like a fireball, and was a gigantic hit. What I wouldn’t give to have her energy on stage. After Jessica came Todd Barry, his wit and smarts, what I wouldn’t give to have that to. Following Todd was our special surprise guest, Jim Gaffigan who had the crowd dying laughing about McDonald’s. Ophira continued to keep the night moving along and everyone really seemed to be enjoying themselves when Dave Attell took the stage. Dave has got to be the hardest working comic out there, and how he keeps it fresh every night and hilarious amazes me. John Oliver came next, and he has got to be this continues best import from England. This guy is going places, oh wait, he already has! And then, legendary comic, Robert Klein took the stage. The crowd was falling out of their seats laughing, and were surprised when the two hour show ended. We ran a little over, but nobody noticed, as all of the comedians were absolutely amazing. I was very fortunate to share the stage with such an amazingly talened bunch of comedians. Thank you all so very much for making this such a special evening.

I’m sure I left someone out, and I do apologize, as I hate over looking anyone that contributed to our special evening. Well, instead of things being done until next year, we have our work cut out for us as we take on the new markets of Los Angeles and Miami. It should be an interesting few months.

Legendary Comedian Robert Klein, Guiding Eyes puppy, Nash, and Brian Fischler

Laugh For Sight 5 is tomorrow 9/20 Gotham Comedy Club, NYC!!

September 19, 2010

Laugh For Sight 5 is tomorrow, September 20 at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC. There is a street fair on 8th Avenuer with a palm reader, and I am wondering if I should get Nash’s paws read to see how Laugh For Sight will go? Even though our lineup is always subject to change, heading into today we are confirmed with Dave Attell, Todd Barry, Ophira Eisenberg, Jessica Kirson, Robert Klein, John Oliver, and a very special comedian guest! Oh yeah, and Brian Fischler and Nash. We are keeping our fingers and paws crossed that nothing eventful happens in the last 24 hours or so to affect the amazing all star lineup! The silent auction will begin at 7pm and the comedy show at 830pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com or by calling 212-367-9000. There may be a few tickets available for purchase at walk up, but your best bet is to get your reservations made if you haven’t already.

So, did you get to catch Nash and me on NBC’s Saturday Today in New York? I was pretty happy with the segment. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it online anywhere, so we will try and get it up in the coming week. We were also on Rock 101.9’s Frequency this morning talking about all things Laugh For Sight. Lis Perry, our amazing Director of Marketing and Public Relations was also on the show with us.

So what do you do the day before your fifth annual benefit? Promote, promote, and more promotion. You blog, tweet, and facebook, and hope for the best, as we have received all our items for the silent auction, all of the comedians are confirmed for their call times, the programs are ready, and we are waiting for deliveries to begin at Gotham tomorrow. Oh yeah, so I am stressing out, as you never know how the turn out will be until the actual auction and show starts. Keeping everything crossed that I can. Luckily today, I do have football to take my mine off things a little.

As always, follow us on our facebook page and on our twitter feed @laughforsight for the latest Laugh For Sight updated. I may get another blog in before the benefit, but things may get a little crazy, so the next blog may be post Laugh For Sight. To quote Charlie Sheen in the only Wall Street movie worth seeing, “Life comes down to several moments, this is one of them!”

A Very Special Guest Joins Laugh For Sight, Sept. 20, NYC and check us out on NBC’s Today in New York and on Rock 101.9

September 16, 2010

We are very excited to announce that very special surprise comedian will be joining the All Star lineup at Laugh For Sight 5, Monday, Sept. 20 at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC. Our surprise guest joins a lineup that already features Dave Attell, Todd Barry, Ophira Eisenberg, Brian Fischler and his guide dog Nash, Robert Klein, Jessica Kirson, and John Oliver. The silent auction will start at 7pm with free cocktails and the comedy show at 830pm. Please join us for this amazing night presented by VisionZone and benefiting three note worthy causes, Fight For Sight, Guiding Eyes For the Blind, and The Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. For tickets please visit http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, or call 212-367-9000.

We are excited to announce more great donations to the silent auction, as The New York Jets sent a team limited edition autographed football, the New York Yankees will be presenting a gift pack, Harley-Davidson has put together a gift pack, and these items join donations from La Costa San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Felix Rey, Diageo, Patron, The New York Knicks, The New York Rangers, The New Jersey Nets, The New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Audible.com, Metropolitan Opera, Comedy Central Ultimate DVD collection, The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Colbert Report, Kramer Portraits, several items of fine designer jewelry, and much much more.

Laugh For Sight will also be featured on NBC’s Today in New York on Saturday, and our segment should air around 945am, so tune in to catch Nash and me. Laugh For Sight is also featured in this weeks NY Press and Good Times Magazines. We also taped an interview for “Frequency” airs from 6-7AM Sunday morning on Rock 101.9 RXP FM. Our comedians have also been calling into Raw Dog on Sirius XM every day this week, so let us know any feedback if you hear any of the clips, and get your tickets soon!!

Laugh For Sight is less than a week! What ar eyou waiting for get your tickets now!

September 14, 2010

People often ask me what is the toughest part of putting together an All Star Comedy Benefit, well, it is the week before the benefit, and monitoring ticket sales, as you never know how tickets are going to sell. We are less than a week away, from Laugh For Sight 5 at Gotham Comedy Club on Sept. 20th, NYC with Robert Klein, Dave Attell, Todd Barry, Ophira Eisenberg, Jessica Kirson, and John Oliver, and tickets should be completely sold out, but they are not. This unbelievable night of comedy will be benefiting three noteworthy causes, Guiding Eyes For the Blind, Fight For Sight, and the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. You can get your tickets at http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, or by calling 212-367-9000. General admin tickets are only $35 and VIP tickets are $75, Come on people, what can you do in New York City for only $35? Not much. What’s that two drinks at a popular NYC night spot? You can’t even get decent Yankee tickets for that price. If you’re a smoker, is that even a pack of cigarettes? So come on and buy your tickets for an amazing night of comedy that you will not forget and you will be supporting a great cause, eyesight, and raising money to fight the number one fear in the world, blindness! Plues, Guiding Eyes For the Blind will be on hand with some of their adorable puppies, oh and did I forget to mention that the silent auction will be sponsored by Diageo, so show up at 7pm for the auction, and get free cocktails! I feel like I am a late night infomercial, and if you order your tickets right now, we’ll send you a second one for free! Our warehouse is overĀ  stocked. Where are all these over stocked warehouses, and how come everything being sold on late night tv is always 19.99, and why do they always give you a second one for free?

If you have Sirius XM radio, Laugh For Sight and our comedians will be calling in to Raw Dog Monday to Friday between 12 and 1pm. Follow us on twitter @laughforsight for the latest upedates!

Nash the Nudist!

September 12, 2010

Last year my Aunt got Nash his first Yankee hat, and after several attempts to put it on him, he kept flinging it off, I eventually gave up. Every now and then, I put his booties on him, and guess what, he flings those off to. This past weekend, I tried putting another hat on him, no luck, and a little scarf, no luck again. I have come to one conclusion, my guide dog Nash is a nudist! Well, he is in great shape, and does like to lie around hanging out.

With Laugh For Sight being a week away, Scott, our co-founder and man on the ground in L.A. is in the city for the benefit. Nash was thrilled to see Scott and vice versa. Nash keeps giving Scott the puppy eyes, and every time Scott eats something, Nash stares at him, and tells him, sorry but your daddy won’t let me. Oh sure, make me sound like the bad guy. Scott took Nash for a nice long walk in Central Park today on his leash, and not with his harness, so Nash got to let the dog in him out, and get a little funky. I stayed at home so Nash could have some fun, and not have to be working. Nash got a heck of a work out and should sleep good tonight. Which is good, hopefully I will sleep good as well, as we have a really busy week ahead, as it is the week heading up to Laugh For Sight, and we do have our work cut out for us. We really need to promote, promote, and promote some more, as our work is never done. Tomorrow kicks off our media campaign, as I will be on Sirius XM at 1240PM Est on their comedy station talking about Laugh For Sight. Should be an interesting busy week, and I will keep you up to date leading up to the benefit.

Laugh For Sight Partners with Sirius XM! Two Weeks Til Get Your Laugh On Time!

September 7, 2010

Exciting times at Laugh For Sight, as we have partnered with Sirius XM, and select segments of Laugh For Sight will be aired nationally, and some of our comedians will be doing interviews leading up to the September 20, 2010 benefit at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. We are still anticipating adding one more superstar comedian to an amazing lineup that already includes Robert Klein, Dave Attell, Todd Barry, Jessica Kirson, and John Oliver. Tickets are currently on sale for the Silent Auction 7pm and Comedy Show 830pm, and can be purchased by going to http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, and selecting 9/20 on the calender, or by calling 212-367-9000. We offer VIP reserved seating for $75 and general admin for $35. While this entire night is presented by VisionZone, we are excited to say that Diageo will be sponsoring the silent auction, and Guiding Eyes For the Blind will be on hand with some of their adorable puppies. Sorry folks, the puppies are not for sale, but at least you will get to have your picture with them, and see where your money is going. Also benefiting from this amazing night is Fight For Sight and The Scheie Eye Institute at the Univ. of Pennsylvania.

If you are in the New York City area, please join us for this very special night with a great cause. The countdown is on!

Are You REady For Some Football

September 4, 2010

When you’re a kid, Labor Day Weekend sucks because it means school is starting and summer is over. When I was a kid it was even worst, as we only had three channels and the Jerry Lewis telethon was on every channel. Thank God times have changed, as an adult, Labor Day weekend means the return of college football! And we have games on more than three channels, wow how times have changed. Thursday night actually gave us an early start on the college football season, and it really bummed me out. Not the early start, but I judge how my vision is by the start of each college football season. Who needs a doctor visit. Well, I have to say my Thursday night check up didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I had great difficulty following the action on tv. Last year, was the first year where I was having a lot of problems watching football, but I could still follow the game a little. This year, the game was just a big blur. So much for high def tv, as it doesn’t make a difference to me whether it is high def or standard. Hey networks, instead of wasting your time and money with the ridiculous 3-D tv, how about looking into more descriptive programming, Oespecially with sports. Wishful thinking, as the blind seem to be an ignored minority.

On a side note, it is great to hear Erin Andrews, a Florida Gator is now on the college football morning show. I hear she looks pretty good doing it. Currently, trying to watch and enjoy my Gators opening game, unfortunately, all I see is a giant green blur. I am at least hoping that I will be able to see night games a little, as the glare from the tv is killing me, and yeah, I have been tested for cataracts, but unfortunately, I do not have it. They don’t know where my glare issues come from. Just like life, I have to do everything the hard way.