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Laugh For Sight NYC is this Monday December 10th at Gotham Comedy Club!!

December 7, 2012

It is almost here as only the weekend, well, and I guess the weather could stand in Laugh For Sight NYC Take Two, No Sandy’s Allowed way. The rescheduled benefit is this upcoming Monday, December 10th at the World Famous Gotham Comedy Club. The evening will be hosted by Celebrity Host Bonnie Bernstein of ESPN, and she will be joined by the biggest names in comedy, including Legendary Comedian Robert Klein who you might have seen on the November 12th The Late Show with David Letterman promoting this years benefit. Eddie Brill, the audience warm up comedian at The Late Show with David Letterman, Bonnie McFarlane from Last Comic Standing, the new film Women Aren’t Funny, Paul Mecurio an Emmy and Peabody Award winning writer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and political satirist who can be seen on CNN and CNBC, Jim Norton from Opie and Anthony, Colin Quinn Saturday Night Live Alum and his Broadway and HBO hit, Rich Vos from Last Comic Standing and his podcast My Wife Hates Me, and of course my guide dog Nash and me from Top Gear USA and the soon to be released Gotham Comedy Radio podcast..

The Silent Auction will begin at 7pm and the Comedy Show at 830PM. Want To Be Comedian Mark Farrell will be hosting the silent auction, so make sure to get there early to see why we keep Mark in the basement at Gotham. Donors to the silent auction include Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jimmy Fallon Show, The NY Yankees, Eli Manning, Susan Michel Limited, Exhale Spa, Felix Rey, C-Tech, Jackie Mason, and more. Tickets are $35 for general admin and $75 for VIP Reserved Seating.

For tickets please visit http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, call 212-367-9000, or visit the events page at http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=191886&cart

Please make sure to follow all of the comedians who are donating their time on Twitter. @LaughForSight @BonnieBernstein @blindgator @BonnieMcFarlane @PaulMecurio @JimNorton @IAmColinQuinn @RichVos.

And you never know who else might stop by!

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Laugh For Sight NYC Take Two, No Sandy’s Allowed! set for December 10th, Gotham Comedy Club.

November 18, 2012

We are very excited to announce that Laugh For Sight NYC Take TwoNo Sandy’s Allowed! has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10, 2012 at Gotham Comedy Club. It’s like deja vu to us all over again, as we have very fortunately landed the same lineup. LAugh For Sight NYC will feature Celebrity Host, Bonnie Bernstein, Legendary Comedian Robert Klein, Eddie Brill, Bonnie McFarlane, Paul Mecurio, Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, and of course Nash and me. The Silent Auction will begin at 7pm and the Comedy Show at 830PM.

We were even more fortunate as Robert Klein went on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 12th to promote this year’s very special Laugh For Sight NYC. To watch the episode click here http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/video/2303919777/the-late-show-11-12-2012

Tickets for LAugh For Sight NYC can be purchased by visting http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, calling 212-367-9000, or by clicking this link http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=191886&cart

Donors to this year’s silent auction include Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jimmy Fallon Show, the NY Yankees, Eli Manning, Jackie Mason, Felix Rey, Exhale Spa, C-Tech, Rock of Ages, Susan Michel Limited, and much more. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $75 for VIP Reserved Seating.

Please make sure to follow all of the talented performers donating their time and of course Laugh For Sight on Twitter @LaughForSight, @BonnieBernstein, @BonnieMcFarlane, @PaulMecurio, @JimNorton, @IAmColinQuinn, @RichVos, @blindgator, @NashtheGuideDog.

Laugh For Sight L.A. with Celebrity Host Jenna Elfman, Bill Burr, Greg Fitzsimmons, Pablo Francisco, Kevin Nealon, Christopher Titus, Daryl Wright, and more Tickets now on Sale March 6, Hollywood Improv!!

February 13, 2012

Tickets Now on Sale for Laugh For Sight L.A. Comedy Benefit to Support Vision Charities

Celebrity host Jenna Elfman will be joined by comedians Bill Burr, Brian Fischler, Greg Fitzsimmons, Pablo Francisco, Kevin Nealon, Christopher Titus, and Daryl Wright, to perform on March 6, 2012 at The Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA.

February 13, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) – Tickets are now on sale for the annual Laugh For Sight L.A. comedy benefit, which will be hosted by Jenna Elfman on Tuesday, March 6 at the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles, CA. Laugh For Sight is a national non-profit organization focused on raising funds and public awareness for retinal degenerative eye disease research. Proceeds benefit the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and other organizations that help sight impaired people.

Tickets for the live stand-up comedy show can be purchased now through the Hollywood Improv website (www.improv.com) or directly through Laugh Stub (www.laughstub.com/buyTicket.cfm?showTimingID=132179). General Admission tickets are $40 and VIP Seating is available for $80. You can also purchase tickets by calling 323.651.2583.

The event will be kicked off by celebrity host, Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg, Friends with Benefits, Ed), who will be joined by comedians Bill Burr (Breaking Bad, Bill Burr Monday Morning Podcast), Brian Fischler (Founder Laugh For Sight, Top Gear U.S.A.), Greg Fitzsimmons (Regular on Howard Stern, Host of FitzDog Radio), Pablo Francisco (Pablo Francisco They Put It Out There, Comedy Central Presents Pablo Francisco), Kevin Nealon (Weeds, Saturday Night Live), Christopher Titus (Titus, Comedy Box Set Get A Real Job Numbnuts) and Daryl Wright (Daryl Wright Wildly Inappropriate).

For more information, please visit http://www.laughforsight.com, email info@laughforsight.com and Follow on Twitter at @LaughForSight.

Please make sure to follow all of the amazing performers who are donating their very valuable time to help raise awareness and money for retinal degenerative eye disease research on Twitter. Here are the links.

@JennaElfman, @BillBurr, @blindgator, @FitzDogRadio, @Pablo_Francisco, @Kevin_Nealon, @TitusNation, @Daryl_Wright, @LaughForSight.

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Laugh For Sight NYC with Robert Klein, Steven Wright, Tom Papa, Judah Friedlander, and more A Recap!

October 9, 2011

Well, another year has gone by, and we just held our Sixth Annual Laugh For Sight New York City at the World Famous Gotham Comedy Club. The benefit was held this past Monday, October 6, 2011. This historic night of comedy featured Legendary Comedians Robert Klein and Steven Wright. They were joined by some of the biggest names in comedy including Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock, Tom Papa from The Marriage Ref, Eddie Brill the Audience Warm Up at The Late Show with David Letterman, Jessica Kirson from Comedy Central Present, Dan Naturman from Last Comic Standing, and of course me, Brian Fischler and Nash from Top Gear USA.

The evening started out with a silent auction that began at 7pm. The Silent Auction was Presented by Patron Spirits. For those of you who have been to Gotham Comedy Club. The Silent Auction was held in the down stairs portion of the club where Gotham has a smaller show room. Of course, this room filled up quickly as sighted and blind people came together to support Laugh For Sight and help raise money for retinal degenerative eye disease research and awareness. The great thing about Laugh For Sight is we are now getting a lot of visually impaired people coming out to enjoy the evening. People with several different kinds of eye diseases were in attendance. The Silent Auction was hosted by Radio Personality and Motivational Speaker, Mark Farrell. Mark of course was in rare formed as he roasted Nash and me during the silent auction. A very special thanks to all of our donors at the Silent Auction. A Very Special Extra Thanks to Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Jobson Medical Information, the NY Yankees, Eli Manning, Charlize Theron, Top Gear USA, Susan Michel Limited, Exhale Spa, Kramer Portraits, Felix Rey, Rock of Ages, Second Stage, and if I am forgetting somebody, I am so sorry, and hit me up and I will make sure to thank you.

The Silent Auction ran from 7pm to 830pm. Mark Farrell did a great job encouraging people to get those last minute bids in. Thanks so much to Patron Spirits and Diageo for all of their donations to the silent auction.

As the auction ended, and people were seated in the main show room upstairs at Gotham Comedy Club, we got ready to start the show. As usual, I had my moment of panic as none of the comedians had arrived yet. It passed quickly, as our host for the evening, Dan Naturman came up to me. Soon after our second performer of the evening arrived. For those of you who do not know, all of the amazing comedians who perform at Laugh For Sight, donate their time. This benefit would not happen without their generosity and amazing talent.

We were quite thrilled as the show room was completely packed, and the Yankees were even playing tonight. Dan Naturman took the stage, and another Laugh For Sight was under way. I am normally a nervous wreck as there are so many things going on behind the scenes that we need to make sure run smoothly. My counterpart at Laugh For Sight, and Co-Founder, Scott Wartham did a tremendous job with the silent auction, and helping make sure everything ran smoothly. The staff at Gotham Comedy Club is so amazing, everyone from the owner Chris Mazzilli, to the events Manager Laura, Cyrus at the door, the Managers Sean and Ed, and all the wait staff are fantastic. If all comedy clubs were run the way Gotham is, it was be a much nicer business to work in.

While Dan was on stage getting the audience going, Ed the manager, got me ready to take the stage. I like to go early to get things out of the way, that way I can attend to things going on behind the scene, and not be concerned with my set. After Dan did a wonderful job opening the show, Nash and I took the stage. I was very happy with my set, as I was working on some new material. Nash did a good job not walking around to much on stage. I heard he was staring at a lot of peoples food.

After Nash and I rocked the house, Jessica Kirson took the stage. Wow, I would kill to have her energy. She is a true sweetheart, and one of the hardest working people in stand up comedy today. The crowd really loves her, and her energy kept the crowd in a roar. While Jessica was on stage, a lot of other comedians showed up. Unfortunately, I did not get to see a lot of her set, as I had to be in the lobby to greet our performer’s and see if there was anything they needed. The amazing thing to me about comedians, is they are a laid back bunch, and very low maintenance.

After Jessica, it was Tom Papa. Tom is a fantastic guy. I just got to do a guest spot for him in Florida the week before, so it was great to see him again. Tom had performed at the very first Laugh For Sight, so it was a real pleasure to have him back.

After Tom, Eddie Brill was on stage. Eddie has been a huge supporter of Laugh For Sight, and this was his fifth time performing at Laugh For Sight. We are always so thrilled to have him.

Mext up it was Judah Friedlander. Funny thing, as I first spoke to Judah about Laugh For Sight after our very first benefit. Judah and I were in L.A. at the Melrose Improv, and he told me he would love to be involved in the future, but it all depends if this pilot he just filmed gets picked up. A little show called 30 Rock. Well, we were thrilled that Judah’s shooting schedule finally worked out with Laugh For Sight, and he was able to do the benefit. A man of his word. What a fantastic guy.

Next up was Steven Wright. What a treat, and a great guy. Steven was very helpful promoting this year’s benefit, as he did a Twitter Chat with us a few days earlier where he tweeted via @LaughForSight on Twitter. Please go to our page to check out the chat. Steven was tremendous, as were all of the comedians.

Last up, was our biggest back, Robert Klein. I don’t think Laugh For Sight would still exist if it wasn’t for Robert’s support all these years. He was once again tremendous.

A very special thanks to Dan Naturman, Jessica Kirson, Tom Papa, Eddie Brill, Judah Friedlander, Steven Wright, and Robert Klein. You were all tremendous and the feedback from the audience has been incredible. A lot of people are still laughing.

Additionally, I would like to thank Erica Greenhouse, our photographer at the benefit. You can check our Facebook and Laugh For Sight pages for the great pictures of this year’s benefit. They will be up on our website soon at http://www.laughforsight.com. Our Facebook and Twitter pages can be found under Laugh For Sight.

Overall, it was a very successful evening. We have a lot of possibilities of where we move forward with Laugh For Sight, and I will keep you all informed.