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Reading to Kids 15th Anniversary Celebration & Silent Auction starring Fred Stoller, Laura Kightlinger & Dwayne Perkins

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Reading to Kids 15th Anniversary Celebration & Silent Auction starring Fred Stoller, Laura Kightlinger & Dwayne Perkins Tuesday, April 29, 2014 08:00 PM Hollywood Improv, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $20.00
  • Door Time: 6:30 PM
  • Show Type: Stand Up
  • Showroom: Main Room
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
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  • Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger

    Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"... [MORE] Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World" (HBO), "Dr Katz" and "Mr Show." As a stand up, Laura has been featured in two HBO specials and six Comedy Central Specials. Kightlinger recently created an animated series about standups in prison for Comedy Central, tentatively titled "Alternative Women Comics in Prison." Laura grew up in Jamestown, NY and attended Emerson College in Boston. She began honing her skills in Boston Comedy Clubs while at Emerson. Shortly after college, Laura moved to New York City and performed in clubs such as Caroline's, Stand-Up New York, Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star. She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.

  • Jason Collings

    Jason Collings

     Long Beach, CA native and stand-up comic Jason Collings toured the country and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in comedy early on in his career. Opening for some of the greats turned him into a headliner and respectively, he is now headlining the country on his own bringing his observational and highly conversational trademark comedy to the masses. Proving to be a powerhouse in the field of entertainment, Collings owned the late night stage on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has showcased his comedic prowess on BET’s Comic View and on VH-1. He is also a frequent staple at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, the Improv comedy clubs, Laugh Factory, The Ice House in Pasadena, and at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.

     
    What started as a mere hobby has turned into what is sure to be a life-long career for Jason Collings and if you have the chance to see him live, you are sure to become a fan of his brand of comedy that has crowds roaring with laughter from coast to coast.

    Jason Collings at Improv from Jason Collings on Vimeo.

    5 min @ The Laugh Factory from Jason Collings on Vimeo.

    @ The Laugh Factory from Jason Collings on Vimeo.

  • Fred Stoller

    Fred Stoller

    Fred Stoller is an American comedian, actor, and writer best known for his frequent guest starring as Gerard in the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He has made subsequent guest appearances on many TV shows. He also wrote two episodes of the sitcom Seinfeld.

  • Matt Kirshen

    Matt Kirshen

    London born Matt Kirshen's precision wit has earned him an impressive reputation on the international comedy circuit. Most recently he appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Paul Provenza’s Green Room, and as a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing have earned him a whole new host of fans in the United States and a surprising number of other countries worldwide.

    He has also recorded a half-hour special for the World Stands Up, Comedy Central, and has acclaimed festival appearances at Montreal, Edinburgh, Kilkenny, Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Bermuda, and Amsterdam.

    His debut CD, "I Guess We'll Never Know" was named in Punchline Magazine's top 10 albums of 2009 and his hit appearance at the 2008 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal resulted in no fewer than 4 of his gags appearing in the Montreal Gazette's round up of their best jokes of the fest.

    Matt has appeared in and written for numerous television shows in the UK, including a charity gala featuring Jimmy Fallon, which resulted in Jimmy himself requesting Matt to open for him in a college tour to promote his Late Night hosting slot.

     His youthful looks disguise a veteran comic with almost a decade of experience, and a wealth of smart, funny and relatable material, making him a firm favorite with college audiences. While it's his prime-time NBC appearances that most American comedy fans will recognize him from, they are often surprised at the breadth and scope of his material, described by one reviewer as "intelligent, but with the emphasis firmly on the funny"

  • Dwayne Perkins

    Dwayne Perkins

    Brooklyn Native, Dwayne Perkins is a young vet in the Comedy game. With appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show, and Premium Blend, Dwayne has earned a spot in today’s class of elite Stand-up Comics. Dwayne is a regular crowd pleaser in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. The recent culmination of Dwayne’s talent and work has resulted in his very own Comedy Central Presents half hour special. The very well received special showcases Dwayne’s unique way of looking at life and unparalleled ability to convey it in a hilarious manner. In many ways still a newbie himself, Dwayne is already inspiring newer comics. With his comedy well grounded and still growing, Dwayne now sets his sights on acting and writing. Look for Dwayne in the HBO movie The Gristle, but don’t look away or you might miss him. Still, Dwayne offers a very memorable cameo as the lost “stereotype” in the bar scene. Catch Dwayne on The Learning Channel teaching a Seattle fireman a thing or two about comedy on the show Faking It. Dwayne’s comedic instincts and acting skill shine through in the soon to be released independent film Target Audience 9.1. In a movie rich with talent, where Breakfast Club meets Night of the Last Comet, Dwayne offers much comic relief as the funny likeable geek. Lastly, don’t Tivo out those commercials as you never know when Dwayne will pop up in an ad pushing products for The Man.

  • Flip Schultz

    Flip Schultz

    When Flip Schultz was eight years old, he won a summer camp talent show by performing stand up comedy. There was never a doubt in his mind that comedy would be his future.

    For a while he performed wherever he could find an audience, whether at a family get together, bar-mitzvahs, seniors center; he didn't care. He just wanted to make people laugh.

    Finally, at 18, he braved a real comedy stage and won the open mic contest. For the next few years Flip performed at many comedy clubs (and bars) honing his craft, paying his dues and finding his comedic voice. And he still managed to earn his degree in theater.

    After leaving South Florida as a local favorite, Flip now lives in Los Angeles and tours clubs & colleges all over the country, and has quickly become a sought after comic in Scandinavia.

    As a writer, Flip has written many short plays, a musical, and was an on staff writer for Terry Fator & Friends Show in Las Vegas. Flip has also written a film called "Mr. Right Before" (© 2002) that was one of 250 scripts to make it into the second round of competition in HBO's Project Greenlight.

    After leaving as one of the hottest and most requested comics in South Florida, Flip moved cross country to LA. His high energy and very physical show has made him a favorite on the LA comedy scene and a regular performer at the world famous Hollywood Improv. Plus he has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such performers as:

    PAUL ANKA, LEWIS BLACK, GEORGE CARLIN, DANA CARVEY (contributing writer), BOBBY COLLINS, TOMMY DAVIDSON, JEFF DUHNUM, PABLO FRANCISCO (frequent writer), BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, DAVID ALAN GRIER, MARYELLEN HOOPER, WENDY LEIBMAN, JAMIE KENNEDY (frequent writer), JACKIE 'THE JOKEMAN' MARTLING, LARRY MILLER, JAY MOHR, BOB NELSON, JOHN PINETTE, KEVIN POLLACK, ROBERT SCHIMMEL, PAULY SHORE, BOBBY SLAYTON, THE TEMPTATIONS, JOE TORRY, DAMON WAYANS, MICHEAL WINSLOW & “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC.

    Flip has performed at many 'A' comedy rooms, including:

    THE CAPITAL CITY COMEDY CLUB - THE COMEDY CORNER - THE COMEDY STORE - THE FUNNY BONE - THE IMPROVS (national chain) - THE PUNCHLINE COMEDY CLUB - RASCALS COMEDY CLUB - THE STARDOME - THE TROPICANA - THE TULSA COMEDY CLUB - ZANIES COMEDY CLUB

    His accomplishments include:

    Starring in the feature film "30 NIGHTS OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO" (20th Century Fox)

    Appearing in the feature films "BIG TROUBLE" (Touchstone) & "BREAKING WIND" (Lionsgate)

    Featured on the Nick at Nite sitcom "INSTANT MOM" & on the ABC show "MISTRESSES".

    Semi-Finalist on LAST COMIC STANDING 4 & was featured on LAST COMIC STANDING 7 as “Skippy Greene”

    Is the face of BAZOOKA BUBBLE GUM'S "Wincredible Sweepstakes" (2014) appearing in the national campaign as "Donny Gold'

    Featured on Comedy Central’s LIVE AT GOTHAM

    Winning Ed McMahon's NEXT BIG STAR

    Staff writer for the Terry Fator & Friends (winner of 2007 America’s Got Talent) at the Vegas Hilton & Mirage

    Other TV appearances: THE NEW STAR SEARCH , THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON, HBO, COMICS UNLEASHED, COMEDY.TV, WHO WANTS TO DATE A COMEDIAN, QUÉ LOCO, FUNNY MONEY, THE GONG SHOW, LATINO LAUGH FESTIVAL, LATINO 101 (as “Skippy Greene”) & LOCO COMEDY JAM

    Toured Europe in 2007 & 2009 with Pablo Francisco & headlined his own tours of Scandinavia in 2008, 2011 & 2012.

    A military tour of Iraq in 2009 & two military tours of Europe in 2013.

    Writing & performing in the shows: Flippin’ Through The Channels, Skippy Greene: We Laughed…, Skippy Greene’s Big Show & Fustercluck

    COMEDY FESTIVALS: Aspen, Boston (semi-finalist), Calgary (Festival Allstar), Canmore, Chicago, Hollywood (as “Skippy Greene”), Las Vegas (Miami ‘Comedy Club Pick’), New Orleans, San Luis Obispo (as “Skippy Greene”), South Beach, Traverse City, The World Series of Comedy (Semi-Finalist)

    Recorded 5 comedy CDs & 2 comedy DVDs

    NOTABLE QUOTES:

    “He’s like an ostrich on PCP!” - George Carlin

    “Within seconds, Schultz turns into a manic, mike-wielding madman…” - The Calgary Herald

    "With his affable demeanor, rubbery limbs & tall, wiry frame, he reminded me of a young Jim Carrey…" - Ink19.com

    Awesome job this week. Always great to see an artist who gets better each time I see them and you are one of them" - Les McCurdy (Owner of McCurdy's Comedy Theater/Sarasota, FL.)

    “Flip Schultz is unlike any Generation X comedian around today…he's actually funny.” - Route 41 Magazine

    “Flip Schultz's comedy prowess is second to no one. His comedic versatility is the best I've seen in a long time. Not to mention he has huge balls...when it comes to taking chances on the dramatic beats.”   – Craig Moss (film director)

    "Flip did what his own idols like Howie Mandel, and Steve Martin had done for ages. He made intimate contact with the audience. And, the reserved Nordic crowd...adored the transgression." – The New York Resident

    “He…performs well-conceived bits that show an acumen for writing and social satire” - The Sun Sentinel

    “Flip Schultz is a very original and energetic comic whose comedic palette has more colors than many wellknown stand-up comedians who have their own sitcom” – www.theseriouscomedysite.com

     


    Flip Schultz''s Comedy on TV Reel


    Flip Schultz''s Comedy Club Reel


    Flip Schultz''s Acting Reel

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Join Reading to Kids as we celebrate 15 years of reading clubs in Los Angeles! We're celebrating our quinceañera at our Annual Comedy Night & Silent Auction featuring hilarious comics and hosted by Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop

Come bid on interesting and exciting items, then laugh the night away with friends, family, and wonderful Reading to Kids volunteers.  It's a night of fun benefiting Reading to Kids!  

Tickets are just $20, with food and drinks available for purchase as you bid or during the comedy show.

6:30 p.m. Silent Auction begins
7:30 p.m. Silent Auction ends, with winning bidders announced by 8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Stand-up Comedy Show
9:30 p.m. Show finishes

Fred Stoller ("Everybody Loves Raymond", "Seinfeld", "Happily Divorced", the voice of Stanley in the "Open Season" franchise & many more tv shows and movies!)

Laura Kightlinger (Nurse Sheila on "Will & Grace", "Saturday Night Live", "The Daily Show", "Funny or Die")
 
Dwayne Perkins ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Jay Leno Show", "Comedy Central Presents")

Jason Collings ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", BET's "Comic View", VH-1)

Matt Kirshen ("Last Comic Standing" 2007 finalist, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson")
 
Flip Schultz ("Last Comic Standing", "Live at Gotham")

Please note: After purchasing your ticket(s), your name will be added to our list of attendees on the Reading to Kids Comedy Night webpage (http://readingtokids.org/News/20140429_ComedyNight.html).  If you do not wish your name to be added to that page, please email info@readingtokids.org or call (310) 479-7455.

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