Posts Tagged ‘Robert Klein’

Announcing Laugh For Sight NYC 10/28/13 with Legends of Comedy Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Klein, Host Craig Carton, and much more!

September 4, 2013

It is my great pleasure to announce that we will have two legends of comedy at this year’s Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Gotham Comedy Club. We are thrilled to announce that both Jerry Seinfeld and Robert Klein are confirmed for this year’s benefit! This year’s All Star Benefit will be hosted by WFAN’s Craig Carton from Boomer & Carton in the Mornings, and they will be joined by veteran comedian Hiram Kasten, and of course my guide dog Nash and me. And guess what? The lineup isn’t finalized yet! We will be announcing more of this once in a lifetime lineup as the date gets closer. If you are in or near New York City, you are not going to want to miss this night of laughs for a cause.

Please join us to help raise money and awareness about retinal degenerative eye diseases. This year’s Silent Auction and Comedy Benefit will kick off at 7pm with the Comedy Show starting at 830pm. Tickets for the All Star Benefit will go on sale on Monday, September 9th, and can be purchased through Gotham Comedy Club at http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, or by calling 212-367-9000. Corporate table inquiries can be sent to info@laughforsight.com, and donations for the silent auction are still being accepted. For the latest updates make sure to follow this blog, visit our website at http://www.laughforsight.com, and follow us on Twitter @LaughForSight.

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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!

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 10/29 Gotham Comedy Club with Celebrity Host Bonnie Bernstein, and much much more Tickets on Sale!

October 20, 2012

I am very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday, October 29th at the World Famous Gotham Comedy Club. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Celebrity Host will be Bonnie Bernstein from ESPN. She will be joined by the biggest names in comedy, including Legendary Comedian, Robert Klein (Emmy and Tony Award Nominee, Over 90 appearances on The Tonight Show), Eddie Brill (Audience Warm-Up at The Late Show with David Letterman), Bonnie McFarlane (Last Comic Standing, Women Aren’t Funny), Paul Mecurio (Emmy Award Winner, Former Writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Jim Norton (Opie and Anthony), Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live and Host of Tough Crowd with Colin quinn), Rich Vos (Last Comic Standing, Women Aren’t Funny), and of course Nash and me.

This year’s Silent Auction will begin at 7pm with donations from the NY Yankees, Comedy Central, Eli Manning, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Exhale Spa, Felix Rey, Jackie Mason, Susan Michel Limited, and much more. The Comedy Show will start at 830PM. Tickets are $35 for General Admission and $75 for VIP Reserved Seating. To purchase tickets please go to http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, call 212-367-9000, or click directly on this link http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=191886&cart

For the latest updates please make sure to Follow Laugh For Sight on Twitter at @LaughForSight and do make sure to follow all of the very generous performers who are donating their time. On Twitter @BonnieBernstein, @BonnieMcFarlane, @JimNorton, @PaulMecurio, @IAmColinQuinn, @RichVos, @blindgator.

We hope to see you there!

Laugh For Sight NYC 2012 Announced!!

September 20, 2012

We are very excited to announce that Laugh For Sight 2012 will be Monday, October 29, 2012, once again at the World Famous Gotham Comedy Club. Legendary Comedian, Robert Klein will be returning for a sixth year, and joined by Janeane Garofalo, Paul Mecurio, and of course, Brian Fischler and Nash. We will be announcing more of the details very very soon.

The Silent Auction will start at 7pm with the Comedy Show to follow at 830pm. Tickets have not gone on sale yet, but they will soon. Make sure to Follow @LaughForSight on Twitter for the latest announcements.

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.

Laugh For Sight is thrilled to Announce that Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock and Tom Papa from The Marriage Ref have joined the All Star Lineup for Monday, October 3 Gotham Comedy Club New York City

September 29, 2011

Greetings all,

Tickets are now on sale four Laugh For Sight NYC at Gotham Comedy Club on Monday, October 3 Silent Auction and Comedy Show beginning at 7pm. Legendary Comedians Robert Klein and Steven Wright will be joined by 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 Presents, Dan Naturman from Last Comic Standing, and of course myself and Nash. Tickets can be purchased by going to http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, by calling 212-367-9000, or by visiting this link directly.
http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=99171&cart

Tickets for Laugh For Sight are $35 for General Admission and $75 for VIP Reserved Seating. The Silent Auction Presented by Patron Spirits begins at 7pm, the Comedy Show will begin at 830PM. Donations to the silent auction include: Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, The Jimmy Fallon Show, NY Yankees, Susan Michel Limited, NJ Devils, NY Rangers, Felix Rey, Exhale Spa, Eli Manning, Charlize Theron, Top Gear USA, and much more.

Corporate tables are still available, and donations can still be made for the silent auction, please contact us at info@laughforsight.com.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Please makre sure to visit our website at http://www.laughforsight.com and Follow us on Twitter @LaughForSight

Laugh For Sight NYC with Two Legends of Comedy Robert Klein and Steven Wright 10/3/11 Gotham Comedy Club!!

September 13, 2011

Laugh For Sight NYC is thrilled to announce that Legendary Comedian Steven Wright has joined this year’s lineup that includes Legendary Comedian, Robert Klein returning for a fifth year along with Eddie Brill, the audience Warm Up at The Late Show with David Letterman, Jessica Kirson Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Seen on The Apprentice, Brian Fischler with his guide dog Nash The Co-Founder and President of Laugh For Sight and seen on Top Gear U.S.A., and much more to be announced soon!

Laugh For Sight is a Not-For-Profit that raises money for retinal degenerative eye disease research and awareness about these diseases. This year’s silent auction will be presented by Patron Spirits and features donations from Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Jimmy Fallon Show, NY Yankees, Exhale Spa, Felix Rey, Kramer Portraits, Susan Michel Limited, and much more. The silent auction will start at 7pm with the comedy show starting at 830pm. Tickets can be purchased through Gotham Comedy Club’s website at http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, and clicking on the date Monday, October 3, 2011, or by calling 212-367-9000. Donations can be made to Laugh For Sight through our website at http://www.laughforsight.com. For donations, corporate sponsorships, media inquiries, or to get involved with Laugh For Sight, please send an email to info@laughforsight.com.

Laugh For Sight compiles a lineup of the biggest names an audience would never get to see in one power packed night of comedy. Laugh For Sight is a National Comedy Benefit with shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach. Past performers have included Sarah Silverman, Robert Klein, Lewis Black, Kevin Nealon, Kevin Pllak, Colin Quinn, Russell Peters, Christopher Titus, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Attell, John Oliver, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Judy Gold, Godfrey, Robert Kelly, Alonzo Bodden, Greg Giraldo, Adam Ferrara, Tom Papa, and many more.

2010 A Recap What A Year

January 2, 2011

2011 has gotten off to a slow start, ok so it has only been a day and a half, but 2011 will have a lot to live up to, as 2010 was a great year, and I was sorry to see it go. 2010 was such an interesting and good year, that I felt a little reflection was due. Isn’t it ironic, no, I’m not quoting that Alannis Morissette song, but I do find it ironic that 2010 was such a good year, and it was my first full year with a certain furry four legged side kick named Nash. And for my regular readers, you will be happy to know that I have renamed my bed Nashville, as that is where Nash spends most of his time. And now, a look back

In January Nash and I headed out so San Diego. It had been years since I had been to San Diego, and Nash had never been there. We headed there to film a short film, VisionZone – You’re Not Alone Anymore. I had not acted in about a decade, and unfortunately for Nash, I was playing a character that had more vision that I really do, so no screen time for the Nash. I quickly learned that I was a second take or even thrid take actor, as it would normally take me a few takes to get the scene right and where I was happy with it. We had a blast making the film, and the Director Drew Antzis was a blast to work with along with the entire crew. I really enjoyed getting to act again, and quickly recalled how difficult a craft acting really is. I still wouldn’t call myself an actor, but I hope to get to do some more in the future. Come on Hollyweird, write more blind character’s and request that a real blind person play those character’s. After filming Visionzone, Andre Hardy, Kelly Stewart, and I headed up to L.A. to meet with the Melrose Improv to begin discussing Laugh For Sight expanding to L.A. in potentially November. Yes, it took 11 months to make it all happen. These things don’t happen over night. Nash and I ended up staying a few more days in L.A. at my friend Steve’s pad in Hollywood, and Nash got to meet his Uncle Steve and his Uncle Scott. Who knew that Nash would get to spend so much time with his Uncle’s in 2010!

February brought us birthday month, as mine is the 2nd, my Mom’s is the sixth, my good friend Greg is the 14th, and my Dad’s is the 24th. Thank God we are not big gift givers, or I would have been broke for the year. My cousins and sister wanted to take me out for dinner out where my sister lives in Livingston, NJ. So Nash and I began the fun trek, meeting my cousin Erica at Penn Station, then getting on a bus to meet my cousin Jessica at her boyfriend Matt’s apartment in Jersey City, as he was lending us his car to head down to my sister’s. As soon as I heard Matt giving Erica all the instructions on what she needed to do to get his car to run, I said, “are you shitting me, this thing is a death trap.” Not to self, in the future, keep your mouth shut. We made it about ten miles on the Jersey Turnpike, and then of course the car died. So I ended up getting to spend my birthday in ten degree weather broken down on the Jersey Turnpike. Hey girls, if you want to take me out for dinner for my birthday in 2011, I have plans.

In March, we headed down to Florida to see the parents in Lake Worth, as it had been a few years since I had been down there, and Nash had never been to Florida. Nash really loved being at his Grandparents house, as he normally does not have that much space to roam around. He was really good, not going into rooms that he wasn’t supposed to. I also think he really enjoyed having the option to do his business on the pavement or in grass. A pooch has to have options. Nash met a bunch of my parents friends and friends that I grew up with, and of course he was a big hit, and while we were doing a show at the New York Comedy Club in Boca Raton, we ran into the PR Manager for The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, and we began discussuing a Laugh For Sight South Beach. From Florida, we headed back to San Diego for the Premiere of VisionZone. Optelec put on a great big party for the release of the film, and of course Nash and I were the center of attention. Hey, one of us was the star of the film. My buddy Scott came down to San Diego for the premiere, and after a night of fun, we headed back up to L.A. Nash was excited to be back at his Uncle Steve’s. As Steve has a ten foot sofa that he lets Nash sleep on. We were in L.A. for a few days and some shows, and we had to head back to San Diego to meet with the Optelec team to discuss their involvement with the future of Laugh For Sight and the expansion to L.A. We had a real nice dinner, and I got some shrimp tacos which I due love, and we were now on our way to Laugh For Sight L.A. actually happening. Afer San Diego we headed back to L.A. for a few more shows. Wow this was a busy month, I couldn’t imagine the year getting any busier than this!

April was a month spent in NYC and beginning to plan for Laugh For Sight 5 to again be held at Gotham Comedy Club, but this year, it would be in September to allow for the expansion to L.A. in November. We set Laugh For Sight 5 for Sept. 20th and tentatively set LFS L.A. for Nov. 9th, We really had a lot on our plate, having to produce two Laugh For Sight benefits. It should be an interesting summer.

In mid-May we got a most interesting phone call. I was being asked had I ever heard of a TV Show, Top Gear? No, I hadn’t. They then explained the show and told me they were working on a project where they wanted to see if they could teach a blind guy to drive and drift! Sounds interesting, and I was quickly in. So Nash and I were headed back out to L.A. We headed about an hour north of L.A. to a race track, and it was explained to me what they wanted me to do. Uh oh, what did I get myself into. More importantly, what did I get Nash into. My friend and brilliant comedian Adam Ferrara was the host of the new Top Gear USA, and I was introduced to Rutledge Wood, and then finally to Tanner Foust who would have the interesting task of teaching me how to drive a stick and drift. Nash got lucky as he was only in the car while I was learning how to drive stick and was going very slowly around the track. For all the stunts, the burnout, the doughnuts, and emergency brake parking, Nash was a spectator on the side lines. I was fine with almost everything, as it was a blast driving again, and getting to learn how to do things with the Nissan 370z that most people could only dream of. The doughnuts did make me almost throw up, and put a good scare into me, as I had no clue if we were heading straight at something. After my day of driving, it was back to L.A. for Nash and me and to Uncle Steve’s. We spent a few more days in L.A., had some shows, and began laying the ground work for Laugh For Sight L.A. at the Melrose Improv. Uncle Scott also got to enjoy more time with Nash. Wow, L.A. is turning into a second home for Nash and me. We are quite fortunate for Steve to be so gracious letting us stay with him so many times and for weeks at a time. We ended this trip to L.A. with a Memorial Day weekend pool party, where Nash got to swim in a pool for the first time since he was with me. He was in heaven in the pool, and of course the most popular guy at the party. Every woman in a bikini had to pet the Nash and he would return the affection with a lick. Guide Dogs get to have all the fun.

The summer was spent in NYC, and what a brutally hot summer it was. The month’s of June, July, and August were not pleasant for Nash or me. I think 2011 is the year I will have to buy a portable AC, as the AC in my building is a joke, and I can’t go through last summer again. We did get a lot of work done these months, as we finalized Dec. 17th for LFS South Beach at the Ritz-Carlton, and we began booking LFS NYC and L.A. It was during these month’s that we booked Robert Klein to return for his fourth performance at LFS 5 at Gotham on Sept. 20th. We also confirmed Dave Attell, who I went to go talk to in person at the Comedy Cellar, Jim Gaffigan who we got to confirm in late August, John Oliver from The Daily Show, Jessica Kirson, Todd Barry who is now a two time performer at LFS, and after doing a show at Gotham, and seeing the amazing work of Ophira Eisenberg as host, we had to have her. Wow, what a lineup we had put together for Laugh For Sight 5. In August, we also booked our first comedian for the inaugural LFS L.A. at the Melrose Improv, Alonzo Bodden was the first comedian to come on board. In late August, Nash and I headed out to Guiding Eyes For the Blind and spoke to members of the Lions Club to give them some insight to what life with a guide dog is like. Nash enjoyed his time back at Guiding Eyes, got a bath, and I am sure chatted it up with some of the dogs in the kennel to fill them in on all of his adventures and travels.

September came, and Nash and I appeared on NBC’s Saturday Today in New York, Laugh For Sight 5,was then here,  and thanks to the hard work of Lis Perry, Scott Wartham, VisionZone, Mark Farrell, Guiding Eyes For the Blind, and several others, it was a smashing success. Along with the amazing lineup, this year’s silent auction was huge with donations from Comedy Central, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, La Costa Resort, Jummy Fallon Show, Kramer Portraits, The NY Yankees, NY Jets, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, NY Knicks, Philadelphia Flyers, NJ Devils, NJ Nets, Susan Michel Limited, and many more. There was no rest for us after the September 20th benefit past, as we still only had Alonzo on board for the L.A. benefit, and it was only five weeks away! September did end with some good news, as veteran actor and comedian Kevin Pollak and Christopher Titus came on board for LFS L.A. Ok, now we can relax a little in October. Not so fast!

We got a call in early October that I was needed back in L.A. for a day of filming the studio audience portion of our Top Gear segment. This was the now infamous segment of when I am introduced as the first Blind Top Gear Drifting Champion and then Nash had to steal the show by peeing on the top Gear logo. No, it wasn’t planned, and I was mortified at first, but with everyone in hysterics, and the cameras rolling what was I to do? Give Nash a leash correction in front of everyone or join in on the laughter. I choice the second choice, which I thought was the way to go. We were actually filming in Orange Couty, and I got to meet Buzz Aldrin while on set. It was pretty cool when I was introduced to him, and he said, “wait you’re blind and you drove!” Yup, Buzz who has been to the moon then said, “wow, that’s pretty brave!” That has to be hands down one of the greatest coolest compliments I have ever gotten. And as it ended up, meeting Buzz wouldn’t even be the highlight of the day, as when I checked my email, I found out that we had landed Sarah Silverman for the inaugural LFS L.A. Wow, what a day. After a day of filming, we had to fly right back to NYC, as we were giving a speech at Guiding Eyes For the Blind. This time we were speaking to all the amazing puppy raisers, and as an added bonus, Lorraine Chadwick, Nash’s trainer was on hand, so Nash got to spend some time with her which he always enjoys. Nash also got to spend some time with Susan Kroha, his trainer at Guiding Eyes. All in all, a great day for Nash and me. Oh yeah, and Susan gave Nash a bath. The following week, it was off to South Beach for Ability Explosion. I had never really liked South Beach, but had a blast, and the show went very well. Nash and I then headed North to Lake Worth, and some time with my parents. After enjoying a few days there, we headed back out to L.A. and had two weeks to prepare for the inaugural Laugh For Sight L.A. We were back at Nash’s home away from home, Uncle Steve’s. Scott and I were banging the phones very hard, as L.A. is such a different animal than NYC. It was during the end of October and the beginning of November we got the great news that Adam Ferrara, Daryl Wright, and Kevin Nealon were all on board for LFS L.A. We almost had to many amazing comedians for the show. Budd Friedman also agreed to handle a live auction for us. Wow, we accomplished what a lot of people told us we wouldn’t be able to, get comedians to perform at LFS L.A. and pack the house. After the Nov. 9th benefit, I was told by many that this was the biggest and best comedy show L.A. had seen in years. We spent a few more days taking meetings in L.A. after the benefit and began our prep work for LFS South Beach. We had just gotten the amazing news that Jim Breuer would be joining Bonnie McFarlane and Rich Vos at the inaugural Laugh For Sight South Beach. Wow, what an unbelievable two month’s. We headed back to NYC in mid November and then headed out to NJ to my sister’s for a big family Thanksgiving and my niece Siena’s Birthday Party. Since she loves Elmo, I got her the Elmo chair. It was a fun hectic few days with family, but I couldn’t wait for the Sunday night of Thanksgiving Weekend, as our Top Gear episode was airing. Nash and I watched the show at home, and after receiving several phone calls and emails after friends had seen the show, I quickly learned that I would not be known as the blind comedian who drove on Top Gear, but rather the blind guy whose dog peed on the Top Gear logo! Nash was letting me know who the real star is!

Finally December was here, and Nash and I were back on the road again, this time down to South Florida and to my parents. Uncle Scott flew in from California, as we were getting ready to head out on a Caribbean Cruise for a little r and r. But first, we headed over to Ft. Lauderdale, as Rich Vos who would be performing at Laugh For Sight South Beach was in town doing some shows. We went over to see him to discuss some things, and ended up opening for him at the new National Lampoon’s in Lauderdale. It was a great show, and we had a lot of fun relazing at the parents, and then set out to sea. This would be Nash’s first time out of the country as we went to Costa Maya, Belize, Cozumel, and Grand Cayman. Unfortunately, we had received some incorrect info, and Nash was only allowed off the ship in Costa Maya. Nash really enjoyed his time at sea, and was of course the most popular guy on the ship. I think 70 percent of the ship had to pet him. It did get a little old at times. It was while we were on the ship that we got some disappointing news that Jim Breuer had to bow out of LFS South Beach due to family reasons. Oh boy, now we had to bang the phones and internet from the cruise ship, and we did run up quite a bill. Not a lot of fun. We still did have a blast at sea, but next time we go on a cruise, we will not have anything coming up the following week or two. We got back in to port and had to run to my parents house as we were doing an interview with CBS 12 Miami to promote Laugh For Sight South Beach. We got lucky as we replaced Jim Breuer with Bret Ernst who was in South Florida from L.A. for the holidays. We then did interviews on NBC’s Today in South Florida, and our other comedians appeared on ABC and radio, and before we knew it, LFS South Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach was here and gone. Whew three Laugh For Sights in a little under three month’s. Now it was finally time to head back to NYC in late December with no plans to go anywhere and a lot to do to see if we can get Laugh For Sight to the next level in 2011. Now you can see why my blogs have been down this year, as it has been go go go. Overall, 2010 was an amazing year. Nash and I had a lot of adventures and travels. We couldn’t have imagined how busy of a year it would have been, so I guess not knowing what 2011 will bring could be a good thing, but it will be very tough for 2011 to top 2010, but who knows!

Laugh For Sight 4 Photos!

December 24, 2009

It has taken me awhile, but here are some of the photos from Laugh For Sight 4 at Gotham Comedy Club. All photos courtesy of Mark Liflander. Enjoy!

1010 WINS Alice Stockton-Rossini, Brian and Nash

Brian and Nash at the silent auction

Brian and Nash before the show

Brian & Nash telling em how it is!

Keeping Em' Laughing Til There's A Cure

Eddie Brill, Audience Warm Up Letterman Show

Eddie Brill, 4 time Laugh For Sight performer

Rich Vos having fun with the audience

Rich Vos from Last Comic Standing

Legendary Comedian Robert Klein

Robert Klein keeping em laughing

Robert Klein Tony and Grammy Nominee

Friend sharing a laugh with Erica Greenhouse

Jessica Greenhouse and Matt

Bonnie McFarlane from Last Comic Standing

Bonnie McFarlane making em laugh

Comedian John Morrison getting the crowd going

Michelle Brier from Guiding Eyes with a puppy

So Cute

SNL Alum and Tough Crowd's Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn sharing a laugh with the crowd

LFS4 Emcee and 1010 WINS Alice Stockton-Rossini

Comedian Tim Young