To salute my mother and other breast cancer survivors -- along with the organizations that aid breast cancer patients -- I'm bringing together some of MST3K's comics for a one-night breast cancer benefit show, “Laughing at Cancer.”
Hosted by the Aura Night Club (12215 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, the show brings together comics from television and the elite LA stand-up scene -- funny, good-hearted men and women willing to donate their time to aid the cause.
The on-stage performers for the benefit include: J. Elvis Weinstein (Cinematic Titanic, Freaks & Geeks, America’s Funniest Home Videos), Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Invader Zim, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Michael Rayner (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Louis CK Show) and Erica Doering (Cartoon Dump, Comedians for the Cure) -- with more still to come.
The event is my simple attempt to give thanks to the various organizations that helped my mother during her cancer threat. Diagnosed with cancer in both breasts in 2007, my mother underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before doctors declared her in remission in 2008. To show my gratitude to the organizations that fight breast cancer and helped my mother in her time of need, I organized this event with the invaluable generosity of the participating comics.
Tickets are $10 at the door, with door prizes and auction items available throughout the evening. All funds raised at the event will be distributed evenly between the Susan G. Komen National Foundation, the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital (where she received much of her personal support).