Benefit Of Laughter: Comedy For Charity Features Comedy In Action

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By Suzie Agrillo

COMEDY! MAGIC! DANCE! A show too fun to miss, this family friendly variety show, COMEDY IN ACTION, will be at The Fox Theatre on August 16th at 2:00 p.m. It features the incomparable JEFF CIVILLICO as its A-list headliner. Jeff is a Las Vegas based performer, who has his own show at the new Linq Resort and Casino. He blends his perfected art of juggling with friendly audience interaction and tons of zany energy, so much so that he’s been compared to actor Jim Carey. His boundless energy and his contagious spirit create an unforgettable entertainment experience.

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John and Mari Lynn Shryock

Adding more excitement to the lineup, you will witness the impossible with the energetic, mesmerizing and mysterious magic of John and Mari Lynn Shryock. From the 2001 Presidential Inaugural to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, audiences have been swept away by the spellbound magic and illusion of this masterful duo.

In addition to face painting for the kids, the icing on the cake will be a dance performance by the talented Dancing in the Streets AZ (DITSAZ) ballet school. DITSAZ teaches at risk youth ballet, and uses the power of dance to transform lives and enrich our community. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit this worthwhile Tucson charity.

We are honored that Roxanna Green will be selling and signing her book, As Good As She Imagined: The Redeeming Story of the Angel of Tucson Christina-Taylor Green. The event will also donate proceeds to Tucson’s January 8th Foundation, which was established to develop a memorial to remember the shootings in Tucson on that tragic date in 2011. They are building a memorial in El Presidio Park, to remember those who were killed, those who survived, and those whose lives were changed forever.

Comedy for Charity was the brainchild of local comedian Suzie Sexton, who wanted to do something that would make a difference in the arena of preventing violence. She is a woman who dreams, inspires, perseveres, and gives back. The charity is dedicated to preventing others from suffering the pain and agony of being victims of violence. "Violence is like a disease that needs to be cured. I’m doing what I can to end it," says Sexton. The Tucson community has embraced her enthusiasm for this worthwhile cause, and she is grateful for the outpouring of support.

Unfortunately, many of us know the impact of violence. The El Presidio memorial will offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity to our community. Similarly, those who attend the Comedy in Action show will help raise awareness, support Comedy for Charity’s mission of making the world a less violent place, and have a guaranteed fun time.

More information from comedyforcharity.org

For the past 30 years Suzie Sexton has worked and volunteered for organizations that help prevent violence. Now, Sexton, along with some amazing friends, has founded a new 501(c)(3)non-profit, Comedy for Charity. The charity is dedicated to preventing others from suffering the pain and agony of being victims of violence. "Violence is like a disease that needs to be cured. I’m doing what I can to end it," says Sexton. The Tucson community has embraced her enthusiasm for this worthwhile cause, and she is grateful for the outpouring of support.

Sexton is a comedian, writer and producer. Her sister was murdered in an unsolved mugging in Chicago in 1980. Since then, she has worked and volunteered in various capacities to reduce violence. Most recently, she has produced and starred in Stand Up to Stop Violence, an annual comedy fundraising variety show.

BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER: COMEDY FOR CHARITY FEATURES COMEDY FOR A CAUSE

CFC’S fundraisers are raising money (hopefully a lot more money) and awareness for charities such as Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation, Dancing in the Streets AZ, Hope for Haiti, and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Every year, the shows feature a variety of local performers, like cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, Reveille Men’s Chorus, drag queen Janee Staar, and magician John Shryock as well as national headliners. A-list comedians including Eric O’Shea, Bill Dawes, Vanessa Hollingshead, Jeff Civillico, and John Heffron take the audiences to a funny place they’ve never been before while coming together for charity.

SOME FACTS ABOUT VIOLENCE

Women experience 4 million physical assaults a year because of their partners.

Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men. Every year 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

Most victims of rape or sexual assault are females younger than 24 years of age.

Human trafficking is an emerging area of violence. Trafficked persons are often forced, through sexual, physical, and/or psychological violence, to perform work under slavery-like conditions.

Violence happens anywhere. On January 8, 2011, in front of Safeway in Tucson, 6 people died in a mass shooting and 13 more were wounded.

REVIEWS AND ACCOLADES

Appearances by these talented performers and more have helped make our events incredibly successful. Laughter is the best medicine, and the response from attendees has been enthusiastic:

"Thanks for inviting me to this special event! What an evening!"
Terra Clifton Messmer, Terra Messmer Photography

"Outstanding performances tonight at the Fox Theatre. Thanks to all, including Suzie Sexton who put together a wonderful fundraiser. Shawn Cullen and his Reveille Men’s Chorus were flawless and Breakout Studio’s hip-hop opening number was full of energy and BA!"
Elizabeth Ashton Brewer, Professional Fitness and Yoga Instructor, Canyon Ranch

"Thank you for having me at this amazing event!"
La Tosha Maynard, Mrs. Tucson 2013

"Great night in "Two Stoned," Arizona."
Butch Lord, Comedian

"All of the comedians were hilarious, especially Suzie Sexton!"
Jeff Zoub, Suzie’s husband

"Two enthusiastic thumbs up! I wish I were alive so I could go to the show again this year."
Roger Ebert

"Put on your prom attire and enjoy yourself while you support a fantastic cause."
Suzie Sexton

About the Author:
Suzie Agrillo is a freelance writer in Tucson. She focuses her writing on the arts, inspirational people, and the human connection.

Benefit Of Laughter:
Comedy For Charity
Features Comedy In Action
Saturday, August, 16 at 2 PM
Where?
Fox Tucson Theatre (map)
17 W Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701
For more information and to order tickets, visit www.comedyforcharity.org/shows/comedy-in-action/
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