April 13th benefit at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre features five of Boston’s funniest comedians, live music by Ernie & the Automatics and a live auction hosted by Ch. 5’s Susan Wornick. All proceeds go to benefit the children and families of The Bridge Center.
The roster of nationally known comedians with local ties includes:
- Patty Ross – A former opening act for Andrew Dice Clay in 10,000 seat venues, Ross received a nomination for Best Female Guest-Star in a Sitcom for one of her appearances on Roseanne. She regularly appears at the Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and Improvisation in Los Angeles and most recently shot the pilot Bev for 20th Century Fox.
- Chris Tabb – On stage, Tabb is often described as a comic who “appears in control and out of control at the same time”. Mostly he is described as just very, very, funny.
- Paul Nardizzi – Winner of the Boston Comedy Festival Competition, Nardizzi has made numerous appearances on Conan O’Brien and Comedy Central and is considered one of the top stand up comedians in Boston/New England.
- Paul D’Angelo – The comedian/writer/actor The Los Angeles Times calls “…quite likely the funniest entertainer you’ve never heard of… yet”. He’s opened for internationally acclaimed artists such as Ray Charles and Tony Bennett and is currently co-starring in the soon to be released Godfathers of Comedy feature-length motion picture.
- Paul Gilligan – In addition to appearances on the Conan O’Brien show, Gilligan and is a staple on the New England comedy circuit. His unique brand of humor has audiences rolling in the aisles
The evening will include a live auction hosted by Susan Wornick of WCVB-TV. Wornick joined the station in 1981 has anchored its midday newscast since 1989. She is the recipient of numerous honors including several Emmy awards.
Items up for bid include opening day tickets to the New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. Guests can also bid to appear on The Phantom Gourmet and Eddie Andelman’s Sports Huddle. Dinner at a leading restaurant will also be part of the auction fare.
“We all enjoy a good laugh – and this evening will deliver a lot of laughs. But more importantly it’s a way to support children with disabilities and their families” said Jenn Harber, executive director of The Bridge Center. “This promises to be a spectacular evening for all involved,”
Located at 246 Tremont Street in Boston’s Theatre District, the Wilbur Theatre will open its doors for The Bridge Center’s Comedy Night at 6 p.m. The entertainment will begin at 7 pm with Ernie and the Automatics, followed by the comedy show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets to The Bridge Center’s Comedy Night are $125 for VIP Table Seats (including hors d’oeuvres and beverage), $75 for VIP Floor Seating and $37 for a pair of tickets for general admission. Tickets can be purchased directly off The Bridge Center’s Web site at wwwTheBridgeCtr.org.
If you’d like to learn more about The Bridge Center’s programs or are interested in becoming a supporter, please call (508) 697-7557 or send an e-mail to info@TheBridgeCtr.org.
About The Bridge Center
The mission of The Bridge Center is to support families by providing children with opportunities to build social, emotional and physical skills so they may participate fully in their communities. Founded by the Knights of Pythias in 1963 and located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, The Bridge Center is a non-profit (501)(c)( 3) recreation center that serves children with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities. Year-round activities include nine weeks of summer camp, therapeutic horseback riding, school vacation camps, holiday parties, Saturday programs, teen programs, vocational training, after-school activities and family support groups. For more information, you can visit The Bridge Center’s Web site at (www.TheBridgeCtr.org).