5th Annual Comedy Ball – “The Stars Come Out at Night” on Nov. 30th

DS Action’s 5th Annual Comedy Ball

“The Stars Come Out at Night”

WHEN:  Sunday, November 30th, 2014

TIME:  5pm – 9pm

WHERE:  Mad House Comedy Club – 502 Horton Plaza (Top level, near Nordstrom), San Diego

 This annual charity comedy event and auction raises funds to support individuals with Down  syndrome and their families.  To recognize those who we serve, the theme for this milestone event is “Hollywood – The Stars Come Out at Night”.  

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS – $50/Reserved Seating and $40/General Admission.

Online Silent Auction Bidding has opened – www.winningcause.com/dsaction.com

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The evening will begin when the red carpet is rolled out and guests begin arriving at 5 p.m.  There will be musical entertainment and viewing of auction items, followed by a presentation by DS Action, live/silent auctions, and a spectacular comedy lineup.   The proceeds generated from this event will support DS Action projects, including the Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Would you like to get involved with this event?  There are sponsorship opportunities available.  Also, we are looking for live/silent auction items and items to place in the event guest bags.  Please contact us at:  (619)694-4615 or dsaction@dsaction.com


Here are new details:

Please join us as we celebrate the 5 year anniversary of “DS Action’s Comedy Ball”, which will be held on Sunday, November 30th, 2014 at San Diego’s premier comedy venue, the Mad House Comedy Club at Horton Plaza in the Historic Gaslamp District.  This annual charity comedy event and auction raises funds to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  To recognize those who we serve, the theme for this milestone event is “Hollywood – The Stars Come Out at Night”.   The Headliner for the comedy show, is Mark Christopher Lawrence, who is an accomplished Producer, Writer, Actor and Comedian.  Festivities are from 5pm – 9pm.  Guests must be 21+.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING:  Please be sure to purchase a parking pass for $5/per car.  This will provide validation for the entire evening.  The Mad House Comedy Club will only be able to provide 4-hour validation.  Additional parking fees at Horton Plaza are $2/every 15 minutes.  The $5 parking pass is available to purchase when you buy your event ticket(s).  You will receive your pass upon check-in.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. when the red carpet is rolled out and the cameras (by Trio Photographic) are ready for the guests to arrive.  The event will kick off with passed sweet treats and musical entertainment, by the soulful and sultry sounds of VocalistDaneen Wilburn.  (You may have heard Ms. Wilburn sing this past year at Petco Park, if you attended the “Jackie Robinson’s Day” or when she performed “Amazing Grace” at the Tony Gwynn Memorial Celebration at Petco Park.)  Don’t forget to pick up your “swag” bag at registration.

During the reception, guests will have an opportunity to explore the live/silent auction, stop by the photo booth and to purchase tickets for the “Hollywood and Wine” and “You’ll Flip For It” Raffles.  This year we would like to welcome Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers, who will showcase some of their treasures, which will be available for purchase at the event.  Something NEW this year… you may now view the silent auction items online through “WinningCause.org” and begin bidding prior to the event, by clicking here.  The silent auction is now open and will begin closing on the evening of the event, at 7:45 p.m.

Food and drink will be available for purchase during the event. To view the Madhouse Comedy Club’s full menu, click here.

At 6pm, the show will begin with the high energy of our live auction, led by Auctioneer, Scott Bowman.  This is not your typical live auction.  If you haven’t attended DS Action’s Comedy Ball in the past, you will not want to miss it.  The proceeds generated from this event will support DS Action projects, including the Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.

As the auction wraps up, the main event begins, with the Comedy Show.   Sit back, relax and be entertained by our spectacular line-up of comedians.  Performing this year are: (click on their names to learn more)

MARK CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE (MCL) is a Producer, Writer, Actor and Comedian.  He is an international headliner that has worked with the likes of Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld,Rodney Dangerfield, and Jeff Foxworthy as well as, having headlined clubs and colleges across the USA and Canada. MCL’s most recent television credits include his series regular role as Big Mike on the NBC series CHUCK, his recurring role on GLEE. Disney Channel’s original TV movie Life Is Ruff and guest appearances on Lab Rats,Good Luck Charlie, Heroes, Weeds, My Name Is Earl, Reba, Grounded for Life,Crossing Jordan, and American Dreams. Currently MCL is working on Amazing America with Sarah Palin, a new show for the Sportsman Channel. On video you can watch MCL’s work in The Pursuit of Happyness, The Island, Garfield, Terminator II, and Fear Of A Black Hat to list a few.

ERIK KNOWLES – Erik Knowles did his first stand-up set in the fourth grade at a summer camp talent show. Even at just nine years old, his two minutes of Nickelodeon jokes killed. His next performance was in 1999 while he was in the Marine Corps. One of his superiors, noticing Erik’s ability to make his peers laugh, ordered him to do a stand-up routine at the upcoming squadron Christmas Party talent contest. Erik won the contest by making fun of the Commanding Officer.  After he got out of the Marine Corps in 2003, he did his first open mic at the Comedy Store in La Jolla. After that, there was no stopping him. Over the next few years he went on to perform with such headliners as Sarah Silverman, Pauly Shore, Bobby Lee, Zach Galifianakis, John Lovitz, Bobby Slayton, Gene Pompa, Joey “Coco” Diaz, Carlos Alazraqui, and many, many more. He was a finalist at the California Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas (2010), and has performed in comedy clubs and casinos, and military bases all over California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.

LAUREN O’BRIEN  – In her stand-up career, Lauren has opened for headliners such as Jim NortonJoey “Coco” Diaz Doug StanhopeFortune FeimsterHeather McDonald, and many more.  Among other venues she has performed at The Hollywood ImprovThe Ice House and The Comedy Store.  Her first comedy gig as the “Office Party Drunk” in a worldwide viral video was featured on CNN and “The Howard Stern Show”. She has since appeared in national commercials, film and television.  In 2010 Lauren transitioned her stand-up comedy persona into a morning radio personality as a co-host, writer and assistant producer for the top-rated program “The Mikey Show” then on “The FM 94/9 Morning Show” (both on KBZT/SAN DIEGO).  She has written for the industry publications Backstage and The Comic Bible. Most recently she has gained some Twitter recognition by being featured on “Ellen” and in The Huffington Post for her Tweets.

CHRISTIAN SPICER – Christian Spicer plays video games, likes comic books, does stand up, does improv, writes, and acts. He also graduated at the top of his law-school class and worked for one of the most prestigious law firms in the country before he quit practicing law and decided to write, do comedy, play video games, read comic books, and so on.  In addition to performing stand up comedy across the country, Christian wrote for the CBS Diversity Showcase and his sketches have been featured on the front page of Reddit, Funny or Die, and on popular video-game sites Kotaku and Joystiq. He performs new sketches every month at SketchMelt at the Nerdist Showroom in Los Angeles and he has written pilots that people (some of whom are important industry people) seem to like.  You can hear him talk video games every Monday morning on DLC on the 5by5 Network, talk stand up comedy on his podcast What’s New (called a must listen by Splitsider.com), and chat about whatever on Uninformed Opinions, which he co-hosts with Stewart Nacht.  Christian co-created and co-hosts IMPRO(vs)TANDUP, a monthly show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in Los Angeles and New York and created and co-hosted the late-night video-game talk show, Double Jump, which he developed and sold to Nerdist Industries.

To view the photo gallery from previous Comedy Ball events, follow this link to Trio Photographichttp://www.triophotographic.com/ds-action

To view videos from previous Comedy Ball events, follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/user/DSACTION21/videos

Please contact DS Action if you have any questions at (619) 694-4615 or dsaction@dsaction.com.  We look forward to seeing you at the “Stars Come Out at Night” event on Sunday, November 30th.

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