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Will Durst Comedy Night Fundraiser

Friday, April 22, 2011
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
4623 t street
Location Details:
Coloma Community Center Auditorium
4623 T Street
Sacramento, CA. 95819

It's the Humor Times / Access Sacramento
Anniversary Variety Show Extravaganza!

The Humor Times (20 Years) and Access Sacramento (25 Years) Celebrate Anniversaries Together with a Comedy and Variety Show Featuring Comedian Will Durst and many other performers including the 40's vocal harmonies of "Sister Swing", a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, a magician improvisational comedy troupe The Anti-Cooperation League.

Joint Anniversary Celebrations -- As print publications nationwide continue to fall by the wayside, the Humor Times is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary. And as corporate media continues to consolidate, Access Sacramento celebrates its 25th anniversary as the area's local, community-operated TV, radio, and Internet production resource.

The public is invited to a combined bash featuring the celebrated, world-touring comedian, Will Durst, on Friday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM in the Coloma Community Center Auditorium, 4623 T Street Sacramento, CA. 95819. Food, beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Advance tickets may be had online at or purchased by phone with a credit card and mailed out prior to the event by calling (916) 456-8600 ext. 0 during normal business hours.

Entertainment -- Mr. Durst is perhaps the most prolific and well-known political comedian in the U.S. The Humor Times has featured his column for years, and "people who have never seen him live will be blown away," said James Israel, publisher/editor/founder of the Humor Times. "He was a stand-up comedian before he ever wrote for publications, and as good as his column is, he's even funnier in person," he added. The New York Times says the Emmy-nominated comedian and writer "is quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today," and the Chicago Tribune calls him a "hysterical hybrid of Hunter S. Thompson and Charles Osgood."

sisterswing Also performing will be"Andrews Sisters-style" vocal jazz trio Sister Swing, who will perform a few humorous songs featuring fine harmonies. The "variety show" theme continues with Absurd Entertainment's top-notch Marilyn Monroe impersonator, Marion Le Clerc and magician named "best magician" in Sacramento by the Sacramento News & Review). The laughs continue with Sacramento's longest-running, long-form, improv comedy troupe The Anti-Cooperation League. A "carnival atmosphere" is planned, with all manner of roving performers including the Sac City Rollers (women's roller derby team) jugglers and other acts.

The Humor Times -- Founded in early 1991, the Humor Times (formerly the Comic Press News) released its first free issue in Sacramento, fittingly, on April Fools Day of that year. That issue, now a collector's item, featured four pages of an editorial cartoon re-hash of the Gulf War, which was just winding down at that time. Local readers were immediately hooked. Of course, that was back in the day when printed periodicals were still profitable. Those remaining have something unique to offer, as does the Humor Times. The publication transitioned from a free give-away to a paid circulation magazine in 2008, and is now available by subscription, or in stores, such as Newsbeat (Sacramento and Davis).

Humor Times features political and non-political cartoon panels and strips. The Humor Times uses humor to review the news on a monthly basis, helping readers, as publisher/editor James Israel says, to "laugh at the news, rather than cry about it." Specifically, the publication features the cream of the crop of editorial cartoons, humor columns and "fake news" - similar to the satire made famous by The Onion newspaper and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In the works: more cartoon and video galleries, humor blogs, columns, and interactive fun such as cartoon and video submissions, contests and more. Subscriptions to Humor Times are $19.95 a year (12 issues) in the U.S., and may be purchased at the website. A digital edition is available at less than half the price.

Access Sacramento - Provides an "amplified voice" for the thoughts, dreams, opinions and community events locally since 1985. Access Sacramento is a nonprofit community media organization dedicated to binging the tools and training for television, radio, and use of the Internet to all Sacramento County residents. We reach an audience of up to 265,000 Sacramento County homes on Comcast and SureWest cable channels 17 and 18 and more than 1,200 daily views watching channel 17 "streamed" at Visit our website for program and training information. To become a "community reporter", go to for neighborhood news organization "blogs", on-demand videos and Twitter posts. "A Place Called Sacramento" celebrates its 12th year as the premiere local film script writing event and film festival. At Access Sacramento, you can:

* Learn the steps needed to create your own TV show
* Be your own anchor using a computerized "virtual" television studio
* Become a community "Neighborhood News" reporter or blogger
* Host your own cable radio program and "stream" to the world on the Internet
* Record a music performance or video in the four-camera television studio
* Use Web 2.0 techniques on the new community reporting web site
* Write, produce, and distribute your own "Place Called Sacramento" movie

Viewers of Access Sacramento channels 17 and 18 experience unique entertainment, challenging points of view, varied religious beliefs, diverse political opinions, and cultures and languages different from what you see and hear on the other, commercial channels. The public is invited to meet their neighbors at Access Sacramento by taking a class, creating a program, volunteering to help a group production effort, develop a community web blog using, or by simply watching the community channels 17 and 18, as well as listening to community cable radio "The Voice of Sacramento".

Humor Times
PO Box 162429
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 455-1217
info [at]

4623 T Street
Sacramento, CA. 95819
(916) 456-8600 ext. 0
postmaster [at]
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