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Wendy Liebman to Headline Catholic Comedy Night™ at Our Lady of Grace in Encino – Friday, May 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2012) – A night of Catholic Comedy featuring Wendy Liebman – voted America’s #1 female comedian – a cast of professional comedians, and a “real monsignor” will take the stage at Our Lady of Grace Parish Hall on Friday, May 4, 2012.  There is a Meet the Comedians Pre Show Reception at 7 PM with the Catholic Comedy Night show beginning at 8 PM.  Tickets are $60 per person for the reception and show, $40 for the show only if purchased by May 1.  Our Lady of Grace is located just off Ventura Boulevard in Encino at 5011 White Oak Ave.

Tickets are available at www.catholiccomedy3.eventbrite.com or by calling Mary Katherine Delsohn at (800) 600-7111 X 226.

“We want to bring the best of Catholic comedy to the stage in communities throughout Southern California, share some laughs and benefit some well deserving charities,” says Monsignor Dave O’Connell, Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish and School in South Central Los Angeles.  This is the third in a series of Catholic Comedy Night™ performances, with the first held in November at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and the second at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Westlake Village in February, featuring actor and comedian Tim Conway.

Catholic Comedy III will benefit St. Michael’s Parish & School, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John’s Seminary and Our Lady of Grace Parish & School.

Comedians include Wendy Liebman, the  # 1 Female Comic  in  America who is regularly seen on Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel; Kyle Cease, Winner of Comedy Central’s Stand Up Showdown; Nick Turner, recently seen on The Jimmy Fallon Show;  Jimmy Brogan, “Tonight Show”  writer and proudly Catholic comedian;  The Great Omar, the Amazing Catholic Comedy Magician; Adam Gropman, a smart comedian with a Sandler/Stiller/Geoffrey Rush vibe; Scott Vinci, an Italian Catholic boy from Second City and The Comedy Store; The Walsh Brothers,  voted  “ Best Comedians in the Nation” by LA WEEKLY;  and Carl Kozlowski, winner of the “America’s Funniest Reporter” contest at the world famous Laugh Factory.

About Catholic Comedy Night™

Catholic Comedy Night was started as a fun and fund raising series to benefit various nonprofit  organizations.  Additional Catholic Comedy Nights are planned in the months ahead in various locations throughout Southern California with a return performance at the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood in November of 2012.  For additional information and a schedule of upcoming performances in communities throughout Southern California please email mdelsohn@peoplemediagroup.com.

 

Comedian Tim Conway to Headline Catholic Comedy Night at St. Max in Westlake Village on Friday, February 17, 2012

WESTLAKE VILLAGE (Jan 30, 2012) – Actor and comedian Tim Conway will headline a night of Catholic Comedy to benefit St. Michael’s Catholic School in South Central Los Angeles and St. John’s Seminary on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8 PM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Rd., Westlake Village.

Mr. Conway, winner of six Emmys and a Golden Globe, is best known for his roles in McHale’s Navy and on the Carol Burnett Show. He starred in the movie, “Apple Dumpling Gang” and earned his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989.

The evening’s performance is hosted by Monsignor David O’Connell, star of Catholic Comedy Night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and pastor of St. Michael’s School in South Central Los Angeles, which benefits from the event’s proceeds along with St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.

Patron tickets at $150 per couple include a Pre Show Reception at 7 PM. General Admission is $50. Advance tickets are recommended as this event will sell out.  For tickets and information visit http://stjohnseminary.givezooks.com or http://bit.ly/wlOQOl or call (805) 389-2035.

Pictures and more information on Mr. Conway is available by contacting Mary Katherine Delsohn at People Media (800) 600-7111 x 226 or email mdelsohn@peoplemediagroup.com

 

Catholic Comedy Night to Feature Jimmy Brogan, Fritz Coleman, Monsignor Dave O’Connell

Night of Catholic Comedy at Laugh Factory in Hollywood Planned for Wed, Nov 30 at 8 PM

LOS ANGELES (Nov 10, 2011) —  A “Night of Catholic Comedy” is planned for Wednesday, November 30 at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood to benefit three charities – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John’s Seminary and the St. Michael’s Catholic School Gang Intervention Program.  Featured comedians include Jimmy Brogan, Don Friesen, Andy Kindler, Monsignor David O’Connell , Sister Christine Bowman, Bill Dwyer, Carl Kozlowski and NBC News weatherman and comic Fritz Coleman.

“We’ve all seen Late Night Catechism and other great acts that feature the culture and humor associated with growing up or being culturally Catholic.  This show will bring together some terrific stand up comedians for a night of clean but very funny Catholic comedy,” says event organizer John Lockhart, publisher of CatholicPeople Magazine.

In addition to the professional comedians who have played the Laugh Factory before Catholic Comedy night will feature “novices” who are making their Hollywood debuts.  Monsignor David O’Connell, an Irish native and pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in South Central Los Angeles and Sister Christine Bowman, OSF, from the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Altadena.

“While we all want to laugh with the pros we’ve seen on TV and around town at other venues I think we’ll all be on the edge of our seats when Father Dave and Sister Christine take to the stage,” says Lockhart.

Andy Kindler is known for his work on the “The Late Show” with David Letterman, proudly Catholic Jimmy Brogan as a “Tonight Show” writer and Jay Leno’s worldwide opening act, Bil Dwyer for his work on the “Tonight Show,” Don Friesen as the Showtime comedy special star and MC Carl Kozlowski, for winning the “America’s Funniest Reporter” contest at the world-famous Laugh Factory.

The Laugh Factory is located at 8001 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, just east of Crescent Heights Blvd.  Tickets are just $25 and are available at www.catholiccomedy.eventbrite.com or by calling (800) 600-7111 x 230.  There is a “Meet the Comedians Reception” at 7 PM followed by the show at 8 PM.

For interviews with the comedians, including Sr. Christine and Father Dave, please call John Lockhart at (213) 674-4346 x 224 or write jlockhart@peoplemediagroup.com

More on the beneficiaries of Catholic Comedy Night…

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is raising funds to send kids to camp and provide services to homeless men, women and children in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

St. John’s Seminary, located in Camarillo, educates priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and dioceses throughout the world.

St. Michael’s Catholic School serves children in South Central Los Angeles through the Gang Intervention Program created by Father Dave and his colleagues at St. Michael’s parish and school.