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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 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.

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

Come to Laugh For Sight 4 tonight 11/16 at Gotham Comedy Club with Colin Quinn, John Oliver, Eddie Brill, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane and more!!

November 16, 2009

Alice Stockton-Rossini of 1010 WINS radio will emcee this year’s Laugh For Sight 4, and will be joined by some of the biggest names in comedy; Robert Klein, Colin Quinn, John Oliver of the Daily Show, Rich Vos, Eddie Brill, Bonnie McFarlane, John Morrison, and Brian Fischler and Nash.

Guiding Eyes For the Blind will be greeting guests with some of their adorable puppies.!

Free cocktails during the silent auction provided by Diageo, Patron, and the Brooklyn Brewery!

Donors to the silent auction include Comedy Central, the Mandarin Ortiental Hotel, Eli Manning, NY Yankees, NJ Devils Tickets, “Rock of Ages” the hit Broadway Show, Second Stage, Exhale Spa, Hilton Hotels, Circle Cruise, Prada, Patron, Kramer Portraits, Robert Marc, Felix Rey, Vinyl, Grannine Cashmere, several items of fine jewlery, and much more!

Proceeds will benefit Guiding Eyes For the Blind and The Scheie Eye Institute at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Tickets can be purchased at www.laughforsight.com, www.gothamcomedyclub.com, or by calling 212-367-9000.

Tickets will be available at the door! For more information, please visit www.laughforsight.com, and for questions, corporate tables, donations, or ads, please contact info@laughforsight.com

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Nash wanted to know where Brinkley was?

November 8, 2009

Nash and I went out to meet my cousin’s Erica and Jessica at the bar Social yesterday. Nash was really curious when we first got there, as I had been to the bar several times, but it had been a year or two. I think Nash wanted to know where their dog Brinkley was? Sorry buddy, but you are special and get to go to bars because you are a guide dog. Brinkley is special too, but must be a recovering alcoholic because he doesn’t go to bars. We will have to schedule a play date for them to see each other, but not at a bar. Jess was a little upset because Penn St. lost. It was not a good week for my other cousins at they are also big Penn State fans and alumni, but also Phillies fans. Of course, it was a good week for me, as the Yanks won the series and the Gators won again, but looked terrible doing it. They say its better to win ugly, then to lose pretty, and it got me thinking, I can’t think of one example of one of my teams ever losing pretty. Where the hell did they come up with that expressio?

 

We got a big week ahead as Laugh For Sight 4 is a week from tomorrow, and we still need to promote, promote, and promote so we can sell as many tickets as possible. Everything for Laugh For Sight 4 is pretty much set, the only thing left to do is get people in the doors and get as much media coverage for the benefit that we can, so help spread the word, and pass along our site http://www.laughforsight.com where people can buy tickets.

I’ve created a monster and get your Laugh For Sight 4 tickets 11/16/09!

November 7, 2009

Nash sleeps in my bed one night in six month’s, and now he thinks it is his bed. Last night he got into my bed hours before I was going to sleep, it was like he was positioning himself, and saying hey buddy, first come first position. At about 9pm he got into the bed, and spread out all over the bed. He did get out of the bed later, and we played for a little, then went for his late evening walk, but as soon as we got back to the apartment, he darted back into the bed, and I know I am blind, but I could swear he had an evil smirk on his face. I was still up for a bit, and Nash was camped out in my bed. Finally I was ready to go to bed, and as usual, I was afraid to look at the clock, because if I don’t know what time it is, then I am really not up that late. I had to put my comferter back on my bed, and I flung it all over the bed, and over Nash, and he didn’t budge. I decided to sit on the couch, and watch a little more tv, and Nash just camped out underneath the blankie. It was like he was in a cool little fort, or camping out in a tent. Finally, I wanted to get into bed, and I didn’t want Nash to get all fidgety while I was asleep so I got him to come out from underneath the blanket, and he repositioned himself on top of it. He was kind enough to move over when I got into bed, but then he started running all around me, and was standing over me, and I’m like, sorry dude this isn’t going to work. He was then standing on my right, and was standing on the cliff of the bed, and I’m trying to tell him to go to the other side. I even tried picking him up to move him to my left with no luck. Eventually, he understood, and crashed out on top of me a little on my left. I thought when I got a guide dog that I would tell him what to do, but I think even after six month’s we are still trying to determine who the boss is. Even though it is only three in the afternoon, I am thinking about getting into bed, hey, I got to get my spot for tongith before Nash gets his!

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Alice Stockton-Rossini of 1010 WINS radio will emcee this year’s Laugh For Sight 4, and will be joined by some of the biggest names in comedy; Robert Klein, Colin Quinn, John Oliver of the Daily Show, Rich Vos, Eddie Brill, Bonnie McFarlane, John Morrison, and Brian Fischler and Nash.

New York City’s Pulse 87.7 will be at the benefit and handing out gifts to guests as they arrive!

Free cocktails during the silent auction provided by Diageo, Patron, and the Brooklyn Brewery!

Donors to the silent auction include Comedy Central, the Mandarin Ortiental Hotel, Eli Manning, Hilton Hotels, Circle Cruise, Prada, Patron, Kramer Portraits, Robert Marc, Felix Rey, NJ Devils tickets, Second Stage, Broadway Show “Rock of Ages”, Dramatics NYC, Grannine Cashmere, several items of fine jewlery, and much more!

Proceeds will benefit Guiding Eyes For the Blind and The Scheie Eye Institute at the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.laughforsight.com, http://www.gothamcomedyclub.com, or by calling 212-367-9000.

For more information, please visit http://www.laughforsight.com, and for questions, corporate tables, donations, or ads, please contact info@laughforsight.com.