Here is the info on Dustin’s upcoming comedy show fundraiser!
FEATURING IMPROV BY:
Dog Court – Ricki’s Lake – Funkle Todd – Anorexic Bear
U.S. National Improv Team – Karma Haus – Goose
Long Island City, NY (April 5, 2012) – We all know that laughter is the best medicine. That’s why The Queen’s Secret Improv Club (QSIC) and over 40 of New York City’s top improvisers are using comedy for a cure—to help fight and prevent vision loss.
On April 20 at 7pm, QSIC is proud to present See What’s Funny: Comedy for a Cure, a fundraiser to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the door. QSIC is located at 4402 23rd Street, NY 11101 in Long Island City.
Hosted by legally blind comedian Dustin D’Addato (VH1, DISCOVERY CHANNEL) and Camille Theobald (JIMMY FALLON, COLLEGE HUMOR), See What’s Funny will not only feature long-form improvisational comedy from seven of QSIC’s hilarious house teams; it will also showcase one the most original, unusual auctions audiences have ever seen.
For those curious about what it would be like to hit the town with a New York comedian, attendees can participate in a date auction with the theater’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. The fun continues with a truly unique “experience auction” that audience members will have to see to believe. “Past winners have gotten pretty amazing rewards,” says D’Addato. “One lucky bidder got the chance to slap a comedian in the face. Another had a comedian call their parents to tell them what a success they are. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard of before, and the response has been pretty terrific.”
D’Addato, a veteran New York performer (and a member of QSIC house team Ricki’s Lake), has personal ties to both the company and the cause; he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that causes blindness, in 2008. “I’m a visual person, so it’s changed my life drastically,” says D’Addato, “but I’ve found the best way to deal with it is to laugh about it. Since a lot of vision loss research is chronically underfunded, I’m really lucky to be involved in such a supportive community—everyone’s eager to pitch in and help.”
All proceeds from the See What’s Funny auctions will go directly to the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Foundation has raised more than $450 million as the leading non-governmental funder of retinal research. Breakthrough Foundation-funded studies using gene therapy have restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind, paving the way for treating a wide variety of retinal degenerative diseases and proving that a cure is in sight.