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Adam Ferrara Joins All Star Lineup for Inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. at the Melrose Improv November 9th!!

October 31, 2010

Comedian and Actor Adam Ferrara Joins the All Star Lineup which includes Sarah Silverman, Kevin Pollak, Christoper Titus, Alonzo Bodden, Daryl Wright and more at the Melrose Improv on November 9th. Tickets for this historic night of comedy are now on sale and can be bought at http://www.improv.com, http://www.laughforsight.com, or by calling the Melrose Improv’s box office at 323-651-2583.

Well, we got the amazing lineup we were hoping we could land for our inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. benefit, now comes the fun part promoting, promoting, and more promoting. Our work is never cut out for us which is why Nash and I arrived in L.A. on Tuesday, We are staying with my buddy Steve who is being kind enough to put up with Nash and me for three weeks, ao major props to him and his fiance Jill. We hung out  and had a nice home cooked meal on Tuesday night, sorry Nash had to settle for his usual lamb and rice.

On Wednesday, Scott the Co-Founder of Laugh For Sight and I began hitting the phones and banging out emails for the L.A. benefit, as we are still waiting to hear back on a lot of things. What, we are not at the top of everyone’s to do list? Wednesday night I headed over to the Melrose Improv to do a little networking, and see about picking up some more spots while Nash and I are in town.

Thursday was more of the same getting in touch with who we needed to, and Thursday night, Nash, Scott, and I headed over to Universal City Walk and to John Lovitz’s comedy club which I have never been to, as two friends of mine who have moved out here from NYC were performing. The club was cool, and it was great to meet up with Daryl Wright and Ben Morrison. Daryl made a call for us and got us hooked up for a spot at the Melrose Improv on Friday night. And then of course for those of you who know Daryl, he hit me up at nine am on Friday wanting to grab a beer. Only Daryl would do that, so of course we did meet up, but at least we didn’t meet up until noon. Got to love Daryl. Nash and I had a pretty good set at the Improv Friday night, and we should be getting up there a few times this upcoming week. So it has been an eventful few days in L.A. this week, and this upcoming week should be pretty busy and fast paced. I hope Nash can keep up!

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From South Beach to Boynton Beach

October 25, 2010

So going back to the previous blog, we had a good set at Ability Explosion in South Beach. After the show we had a bunch of people come uo to Nash and me, and tell us how much they liked our set. Nash even did something a little quirky during the show, as he turned his butt to the audience for some of my set. I guess he doesn’t get stage fright, or was bored with the crowd, because he definitely wasn’t showing them his better side.

After the show a bunch of the comedians and some of the people from Ability Explosion headed down the South Beach boardwalk to one of the bars. This was definitely not Nash or my scene as the music was pumping, and we don’t do loud bars. We ended up hanging out front after we talked to a visually impaired woman and her husband who were in from Chicago to tape a segment of Cooking Without Looking, a show to teach the blind how to cook. I could definitely use that, as the only cooking I do is ordering from delivery.com. After hanging for a little bit, Lonnie, Kyle, Nicole, and I headed out to a more New Yorkie dive bar with some rock music. Ah, much more my scene. We had a few drinks then Lonnie and I flagged down a cab to head back to the hotel.

Now, I was never a big South Beach, but had a blast down here this time. My only complaint, the freakin cab drivers. None of them know where anything is. We were only in the cab for a few minutes when Lonnie said, “STOP!” The cab driver was acting like he didn’t know where tenth and Washington was, a pretty major intersection in South Beach. We were only a few blocks, so we hiked it back to the Angler’s Resort.

We had a late checkout on Friday, and we hung out ooutside of the Angler’s as we had another meeting at 3pm. If you are ever down in South Beach, you are going to want to stay at the Angler’s as the hospitality from everyone there was amazing. It blew me away. We said our goodbyes to Lonnie and the staff, and got into another cab and headed over to The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach for our meeting with them, as we are hosting our inaugural Laugh For Sight South Beach there on Dec. 17th. We took a walk around the hotel and saw the banquet halls where the benefit will be held. Wow, what a gorgeous hotel. Laugh For Sight South Beach is going to be stellar, so if you are in the area, mark your calendars for Dec. 17th. Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane are already confirmed for the benefit, and of course, Nash and I will be there.

After our meeting, my parents arrived at the hotel and boy was Nash excited to see them. He was wagging his tail all over the places and running in circles. We got into the car and began the trek from South Beach to Boynton Beach. Oh boy, you got to love Friday afternoon Florida traffic. Where’s the subway down here?

We had a nice dinner at Pizza Time in Boca, a fantastic restaurant, and a fave of my Dad’s. After dinner we finally got up to Boynton, just in time to see the start of that Yankee debacle. Season’s Over.

On Saturday, Nash the folks, and I headed over to the mall, as I wanted to checkout the Ipad, as I had heard good things. Unfortunately, with my vision,, I couldn’t see the Ipad, so the search for a new laptop/travel computer continues. We strolled around the mall for a bit, and Nash must hate malls as much as I do because he peed in the mall, and he never pees in doors. Not sure what caused it except maybe a loathing of the mall.

With the weekend over, it was time to get back to working on Laugh For Sight from my parents house. Working on the road is really difficult, as my computer is ancient, but work had to get done. Now, I can understand when a pretty woman comes over and wants to pet Nash and Nash pays her a lot of attention, but what I don’t get as I  was working out of my parents house, Nash decided to sit in my Dad’s office and beneath his desk all day while I worked in the other. Thanks a lot buddy, you finally are making me jealous. I guess it was nice for my Dad to get to spend the day with him, as Nash and I are off to L.A. tomorrow. No rest for the wicked, or something like that.

Welcome To Miami

October 24, 2010

Greetings all from muggy South Florida. You will have to pardon me if there are some spelling mistakes in this blog, as I am using an old crappy laptop, and can’t see a lot of what I am writing, but did want to get you an update from the road, as Nash and I are on the road for the next month with lots of exciting things happening. We left on Wednesday and headed down to South Beach. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, so was always partial to Ft. Lauderdale, but that may be changing now, as we had a great time in South Beach. We took American Airlines down, and were lucky as no one was sitting next to us, so Nash had a ton of room to stretch out on the plane. As I mentioned before, Nash likes to stretch out while flying. We got into South Beach on time, and were picked up by a guy, and you’re not going to believe this, and yes I did ask him, and his birth name is Jor-El, yes Superman’s father. Nice guy, and I did apologize to Jor-El in advance, as I had to hit him at least once with a Neel before Zod, a little Superman reference for ya. We got to our hotel, a boutique hotel called the Angler’s Hotel and Resort, and wow what a surprise when we got to the room, as they had a bowl waiting for Nash. along with a treat bad, and a squeaky bone for him. Not sure if this was from the hotel or Ability Explosion, but it was a preview of the greatest hospitality Nash and I have ever had at a hotel. We rested for a bit and then went down to the bar to catch the Yankees game, and that is all I will say about the Yankees. Nash and I hung out at the bar and met a ton of nice people from Chicago who were in the city doing a photo shoot. Damn, no models. We were getting ready to head up to the room when a guy came over and introduced himself by the name of Lonnie Bruhn. Lonnie was in from Portland, Oregon, and was one of the other comic’s. Lonnie has cerebal palsy, not that that makes a difference to me, as he was a helluva a nice guy. We hung out until the bar closed and shot the shit talking about the differenct comedy scenes of New York City and Portland. We made plans to head out for lunch the next day, and the next day, Thursday around 11, Lonnie and I headed the two blocks to Ocean Drive and gave South Beach a little bit of a augh before we even hit the stage. Loniie rides around in a motorized scooter, so I imagine as people saw Lonnie in his cart crossing the street, with a guy being led by a guide dog behind him, they had to let out a little bit of a chuckle, as it is not something you see every day. Lonnie and I were even laughing about it. Go figure, the blind guy and the guy with cerebal palsy are politically incorrect. We found a nice outdoor cafe, and sat down for a nice lunch across the street from the ocean. Wow, what a gorgeous day, and how amazing as South Beach is really dog friendly. I think Nash could get used to this, as it wasn’t to terribly hot, and as usual, he was getting his usual dose of compliments on how gorgeous he is. After lunch, we took a storll down the board walk, then headed back to the hotel to rest up for the big comedy show for Ability Explosion. Along with the two of us, my buddy Tim Grill was in from Philly to perform on the show, and a comic I met for the first time, Kyle was in from New Jersey. The comedy show as at the legendary Colony Theater in South Beach. We were all doing twenty minute sets, and Nash and I were heading up fourth. There was one other comic for a total of five. I was pretty happy with our set, as Nash for the most part sat calmly by my side. We got a good response to a lot of our material, but I would have thought there would have been more people at the show, but it was a Thursady night, but then again, every night is party night in South Beach. I have got to get running, but wanted to get the first part up about South Beach, more to come tomorrow about our adventure in South Beach and then on to Boynoton Beach, as we got Jiggy With It

Sarah Silverman Joins All Star Lineup for Inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A.!!

October 19, 2010

We are thrilled and so very excited to announce that Sarah Silverman has joined the All Star lineup for the inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. at the Melrose Improv on November 9, 2010! Sarah joins an amazing lineup that already features Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects), Christopher Titus (Titus and Big Shots), Alonzo Bodden (Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing), and much more.

There will be a VIP cocktail hour prior to the comedy benefit which will include with the ticket price two drinks and tray pass munchies. The VIP ticket will also include premium seating to the benefit, and can be purchased for $100. General Admission tickets can be purchased for $50. The VIP cocktail hour will start at 630PM, and the comedy benefit will start at 8pm. Proceeds from the evening will be benefiting Guiding Eyes For the Blind, a globally recognized guide dog school, and the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where they are leading the way in gene therapy research.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the following link or by calling the Melrose Improv at 323-651-2583.
http://www.improv.com/ComedyClub/Hollywood/Event/LAUGH-FOR-SIGHT-VIP-TICKETS/5f09cca5-b43a-4696-8960-3b9623d3b412

L.A. Get ready to get your laugh on!

Nash and I are off to South Beach tomorrow as we will be performing at the historic Colony Theater as part of Ability Explosion this Thursday night. If you are in the South Beach area, come on out to support a great cause, you can get your tickets to the show by visiting the following link.
http://abilityexplosion.org/ash/text-buytickets/

I know that a lot of my loyal blog readers enjoy reading more about Nash than all the Laugh For Sight stuff, but hey Laugh For Sight has lept us pretty busy this year, which is a good thing, and hopefully will eventually become a full time gig, as we do have to make some money for Nash to eat.  so for the loyal readers, here’s a little Nashee story that happened yesterday. Last night right after Nash ate dinner, I was getting ready to walk him. Nash normally does a little OCD thing where he takes a lap around the kitchen and stands patiently at the front door waiting for me to put his leash and harness on him. Well, not sure what was going on last night, but the little fella was quite happy, as I stood at the front door, preparing to put his leash on him, and he stood in his position, he took off running through my legs, then circled back to his standard waiting position, and took off running through my legs again. It was really cute, but after the third and fourth time, it was getting a little old. He did stop after the fourth trip, and started licking me like crazy. Not sure what had him so happy last night, as we know it wasn’t the Yankee game that was set to start in a few hours.

An Amazing Night At Guiding Eyes For the Blind

October 16, 2010

Last night Nash and I gave a speech at Guiding Eyes For the Blind. Yeah, I know, I always say this, but I did all the speaking. I just feel the need to include Nash as he is the real star. Like most Guiding Eyes graduates, I am so eternally grateful to them for giving me Nash and more of my independence back, that I like to give back as much as I can, and I have more time than money, so speaking about our experiences is the least I can do. Last night’s audience was the puppy raisers, and what an amazing group of people they are. I have become close with Nash’s puppy raisers, Lorraine and Richard, and several of the good folks that helped raise and puppy sat Nash. We were picked up by another great family of puppy raisers who live here in the city Ron and his daughter Audrey. It was great to speak with them on the ride up to GEB, and find out that they live so close to us. We are already planning a puppy play date between Nash and the puppy they are raising, Poppy. Should be nice, as the only play date Nash has ever had has been with my cousin Erica’s golden Brinkley.

We got up to Guiding Eyes, and Nash’s GEB trainer Susan came in to help me with a little retraining. I think it never hurts to have an expert trainer do a little retrain, especially since I have lost so much vision since Nash and I were originally introduced 17 months ago. We worked mainly on obedience commands, and working on getting Nash to sit more when I am talking to people, as we are in a lot of social atmosphere’s and I have gotten a little lax in letting Nash wander a bit. We also did a couple of runs on the obstacle course, and Susan thought we worked fantastically together. It wasn’t all work and no play, and GEB has a new puppy playground that they didn’t have when Nash and I were at the school. With Nash being a city dog, he doesn’t get to run around as much as I would like him to, so he got to unwind and run around the playground for a little. We threw a football to him, but Nash is not a big fetcher. In fact, Nash normally likes it for me to find the toys that he hides and get them for him for him to play with. I guess Nash has me trained well. HA!

Susan and I then had dinner, as they kept us speaking a secret for those who know Nash and me. In fact, Lorraine did not know that we would be speaking. The puppy raisers had their desert while blind folded to give them a little bit of an experience of what it is like for us. I know these dining in the dark things are real big now, and its the best they can do, but trust me, it doesn’t give you half the real experience, as you don’t have any of the psychological aspect, as you know eventually it is going to be over, but like I said, I guess something is better than nothing.

They showed the puppy raisers some videos which unfortunately we missed, and I know I was interviewed in one of them so hopefully I will eventrually see it. Then they had some speakers, and we made our way down towards alumni hall, as it was getting close for us to speak. The surprose was ruined, as Lorraine saw us in the hallway, but I guess it was a nice surprise. We then took the podium, and gave our speech. It was very well received, as I went into the details of my story, and some humorous experiences the Nashster and I have had. After speaking, Susan was so kind to give Nash a bath.

Then the emotional time came, as GEB put on an amazing power point presentation about their absolutely fantastic Healing Autism program, and how amazing these dogs are and what an affect they have on the families of children with autism. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. One of the father’s of the families that have been blessed to have been accepted into the program spoke, and his moving words and story just tore at your heart. I know what I am going through and what my demons are, and how tough life is, but was completely moved to hear his story and how trying autism can be on an entire family. I am so proud of Guiding Eyes For the Blind to have installed the Healing Autism program, and hopefully they will be able to expand it in the future.

After the speeches we spoke with a bunch of the raisers, and then it was time to head home. Afterall, there was a Yankee playoff game. Amazing how your priorities in life can change, as two or three years ago, there would have been no way I would have agreed to speak on a night when the Yankees were playing a playoff game, and now, I didn’t even give missing the game a second thought. Well, I ended up getting the best of both world’s, as when I got home, the Yanks were getting clobbered 5-0, so I didn’t even turn the game on as I had some emails I had to return and phone calls to make. I eventually turned the game on while on the phone and wasn’t paying attention, and thought Texas had expanded their lead, then I told the person I was talking to to hold on, turned the volume on the game up, and was shocked to find out the Yanks were only losing by one run. Well, sure enough the Yanks came back to win, and I got to catch the entire comeback, so like I said, I guess last night, I got the best of both worlds!

Nothing Like A Day of Filming in the O.C.

October 14, 2010

So Nash and I headed out on a quick 30 hour jaunt to the O.C. Where was Mischa Barton? And yeah, I am writing this with blind and tired eyes. We hadn’t flown out of Newark in years, but it was the only direct flight to Santa Ana airport, and living on the West Side of NYC, getting to Newark is easier than JFK, although the tolls will kill you. I normally like to fly Jetblue as I find their employees besides the one who went wacko and pulled the emergency slide to be the friendliest. We were flying Continental, and as we were standing outside, a guy came up to me, and started talking to me, ends up he was one of the mechanics for Continental, he took Nash and me to the doggy area, and Nash got to do his business. That’s now two airports that I have been to with doggy relief areas. Score a point for Newark. Ben then asked if I needed assistance to the gate which of course I did. We got to chatting on the way, and he is a hell of a nice guy. We got through security, and Ben bought me a coke. Jetblue you have competition for friendliest employees. He then sat and kept me company and introduced me to the flight attendants, and we hung out until the plane left. The plane ride was pleasant although I got the feeling that the guy sitting next to me didn’t like Nash invading his space. We have been doing a lot of flying, and have been very fortunate to have sat next to very nice dog loving people because Nash likes to stretch out when he is on a plane, and he doesn’t care about people’s personal space.

We arrived into Orange County on time, and a production assistant for the project I have been working on which I can’t discuss yet picked us up at the airport. Ian was a nice guy, reminded me a little of myself when I first started out in the business. We got to the Ayers hotel, got checked in and Ian helped me get settled in the room. When you’re blind, and you check into a hotel, you need people to show you where the thermostat is, especially if you’re like me and you like the room with frost on the windows. It was a nice sized room, a suite with a sitting area, and a bed area, oh boy, tons of stuff for me to walk into! After Ian left, I laid down to relax for a few minutes, and realized the room was still pretty hot, I decided to turn some lights on in the room, and after trying several of the switches none which worked, I was like are you kidding me, they put me in a room where the ac and lights don’t work?! Luckily, it was a small hotel and I was on the first floor and right around the corner from the front desk. I headed over and said, “it’s probably me, but none of the lights or the ac seems to work in my room.” The woman said, “were a green hotel,” and I said, “dpes that mean you don’t have electricity?” She laughed, and took me to my room, and showed me that you had to put your room key into a slot so that when you’re not in the room, it saves electricity. It’s big in Europe, and now California.

Around 5pm I headed to the lobby for their complimentary cocktail hour for some diet cokes. They had the Rangers/Rays game on, and I sat with some women from Dallas who were big Ranger fans. We watched the game until they left for dinner. Ends up the hotel didn’t serve dinner, only breakfast. I sat and watched more of the game and one of the employees told me they were making a run to In and Out Burger, and would I like anything? Wow, what a nice hotel. I had them pick me up a burger, and as I waiting for it, a lot of the crew showed up. I ended up sitting in on their production meeting, and it was interesting to hear everything they were working on, again, I can’t talk about it yet, but it is getting closer, and could be the end of November or first week of December, and tryst me, you won’t want to miss it, and I will let you know about it.

Nash and I headed off to bed, and Nash was in heaven because we had a king size bed. If I ever make any money again, I may have to get one of those, as they are damn comfortable, and Nash sure does seem to love the big bed. I slept ok, but was up at 5am, and Nash was stirring as he wanted to eat. Luckily, I got him to go back to bed and we slept a little longer, as we had a really long day ahead of us.

We got picked up around 10am, and headed to the set. I got caught up to speed on what we were doing, talk with the stars who weren’t named Brian or Nash, hey we even had a badge I had to wear that said TALENT BRIAN FISCHLER! That was pretty cool, but is a loose use of the word talent! They had a studio audience, but Nash and I were in the crew area, and I even got to sit in one of those big director chairs.

We did what we were there to do, and you would not believe in a million years what happened, and like I said before I can’t talk about it yet, but it was priceless, and couldn’t have been scripted. Of course the entire crew loved Nash, and I had to take his harness off when we were backstage so everyone could come up and pet him and say hello to the star. Nash had a fantastic time, as he got a ton of attention, and anyone who knows him knows what an attention junkie he is. Then it was time to go home.

We had to sit around at the airport for about three hours as we were taking the red eye back, and of course Nash stretched out on the entire flight home. Luckily, the woman sitting next to us claimed she didn’t mind, and she was very pleasant. No luggage and car service is the way to go, I highly recommend it. We got out of Newark quickly, got home, Nash got to do his business, then I got him fed, and guess what he did immediately after eating, he jumped into my bed. Great where am I going to sleep, as I got to get some zzzz’s!

Veteran Actor and Comedian Kevin Pollak Joins Laugh For Sight L.A.!!

October 6, 2010

Laugh For Sight is tremendously thrilled to announce that veteran actor and comedian will be performing at the inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. at the Melrose Improv on November 9, 2010. While we are hard at work putting this historic night of comedy together for the good people of L.A., Kevin joins a lineup that will also feature Christopher Titus, Alonzo Bodden, and of course Brian Fischler and Nash. How could you have a Laugh For Sight without Nash? We will be announcing more of the All Star lineup in the coming weeks. We are also hard at working putting together a dream New York City get away to auction off at the benefit. The inaugural LFS L.A. will be a little different than what we do at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, as we will be hosting a VIP pre-party along with an after party at the Melrose Improv. It is shaping up to be quite the eventful night with plenty of stars and plenty of memories. Tickets will go on sale soon, and we will keep you informed on how you can purchase them. As always for the latest updates, please follow us on twitter @laughforsight, on our Facebook page Laugh For Sight, and of course our website http://www.laughforsight.com. Stay tuned for the latest and greatest news to come very very soon!

Nash Needs To Learn To Get By On More Than Just Looks@

October 3, 2010

Those of us who have met my guide dog Nash, or have seen pictures know what a looker he is, but I think being such a good looking pup has gone to his head! Every day people are always commenting what a good looking dog he is, or saying to him “you are such a gorgeous guy!” Well, I have notice d lately that Nash has gotten a little sloppy with some of his work. I am not sure if this all falls on me, as I have lost a lot of vision since we were introduced 17 months ago. We still work well together, and I couldn’t imagine my life, or getting around without Nash, but we are definitely do for some additional training. I do let people pet Nash at times, and maybe that has caused him to take a step backwards, as he does always want to say hello to people, and it is only going to get worst, as the rest of the year is going to be fast and furious.
It’s amazing what a difference a year can make. Last year at this time we were getting ready to host Laugh For Sight 4 on November 16, and not sure where we were headed after that. Flash forward to today, we have gotten past Laugh For Sight 5, and we have some pretty exciting things coming up. On October 12, Nash and I will fly to L.A. Our fourth time out West this year. We will be filming a tv show on October 13th, sorry details are still secret, but trust me, I will blog about it when I can. We film all day on the 13th then fly back to NYC. On October 15th Nash and I head up to Guiding Eyes For the Blind where we will be speaking at a dinner, and also Nash and I will get to do some retraining. Then on October 20th we fly to Miami, as we will be performing at a benefit in South Beach called Ability Explosion on October 21st. Then it’s a few days of R and R up at my parents, and on October 26th Nash and I fly back to L.A. We will be in L.A. for about three weeks for a bunch of meetings, and for the inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. at the Melrose Improv on Novemer 9th. We will be announcing some pretty big details in the coming week about the inaugural LFS L.A. We will fly back to NYC in mid-November, get caught up on all our shows on tivo and pay some bills. Then it will be a fun family Thanksgiving at my sister’s in New Jersey. We will then fly back to Florida with my parents after Thanksgiving and Nash and I will be heading out on a cruise from December 5th. The cruise goes to Cozumel, Belize, and The Grand Caymans. We get back from the cruise on December 12th, and will stay in Miami as we prepare for the inaugural LFS South Beach on December 17th at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Comedians Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane are already attached for this benefit, and we will be announcing one more comedian in the coming weeks. Wow, going to be a crazy busy few month’s. We also have a few other announcements that we can’t talk about yet, but should be able to do so in the coming weeks!

Tomorrow or Tuesday, I am going to head over to the Apple store to test out the Ipad, as I am going to need to be reachable while traveling, and I am hoping that it is easier to type on them on an Iphone, as we want to be able to blog about all of our adventures, so stay tuned!