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Comics for the Cause benefits SCV Youth Project

Tickets now on sale for Aug. 6 comedy event

Posted: July 31, 2013 7:09 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2013 7:09 p.m.

Billy Gardell, of the CBS sitcom "Mike and Molly" will headline Comics for the Cause to benefit the SCV Youth Project.

 

The comedy event of the year in the Santa Clarita Valley will be held Tuesday at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center as Billy Gardell, star of the CBS sitcom "Mike and Molly," headlines the second annual "Comic for the Cause," an evening of comedy all stars to benefit the SCV Youth Project.

"Last years event was such a success, that we decided to do it again. The response has been overwhelming" said Kim Goldman, SCV Youth Project executive director. "In tough economic times, we need all the help we can get in order to continue to provide free services to teens; this event is going to be amazing for so many reasons." Goldman said.

Tickets to the event are $65 and $50,. A limited access meet and greet VIP party can be added to your ticket purchase for an additional $35.

Gardell will be joined on stage at the PAC by Ralph Harris and Roy Wood, Jr.

On CBS Gardell, stars as Officer Mike Biggs. alongside co-star Melissa McCarthy in "Mike and Molly."

Before "Mike and Molly," Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series "Lucky." His other television credits include "Yes Dear," "Judging Amy," "My Name is Earl," "The Practice," "Monk" and "Gary the Rat."

As a standup comic, his comedy specials, "Billy Gardell: Halftime," premiered on Comedy Central and "Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs" premiered on Showtime. In addition he makes regular appearances on "NFL Today" on CBS Sports.

Gardell said he was pleased to be able to assist the SCV Youth Project.

"Whatever I can do to help," said Gardell.

In October 2006, Wood made his network television debut on "Late Night with David Letterman." In 2008, Wood appeared on HBO’s historic "Def Comedy Jam." In 2010, he was selected by America as one of the top three finalists on "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. Currently he is in his second season on TBS’ "Sullivan & Son."

Harris is currently the host of the culinary competition "My Momma Throws Down" on the TVOne network. He made his feature film debut in "Dreamgirls" and appeared in "Evan Almighty."

On television he has been seen on "Seinfeld," "The Parent ‘Hood," "Nick Freno," "Living Single" and "In Living Color."

He is best known for his starring role in the ABC-TV sitcom "On Our Own."

Jeff Sutphen from Nickelodeon’s "Brain Surge" and ABC’s "101 Ways to Leave a Game Show," will be the master of ceremonies.

"The generosity of the comics is amazing. Someone once said, ‘at the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities’ we hope people learn about our programs and want to get involved," said Jerry Citarella, president of the SCV Youth Project board of directors.

Goldman, the sister of murder victim Ron Goldman from the infamous OJ Simpson trial, is a nationally recognized victim advocate and has been running the Youth Project since 2005.

The SCV Youth Project is celebrating 13 years of providing free services to teens in the SCV.

Since the doors of the SCV Youth Project opened in 2000, the Youth Project has assisted more than 34,000 local families, including 29,000 youth and 5,500 adults. "In the past school year, with services on six high schools and seven junior high campuses, the SCV Youth Project provided more than 8,000 hours of service to the young adults in the SCV with serious life challenges, including depression, suicide, grief or loss, peer pressure, bullying and drug and alcohol abuse," said Goldman.

The SCV Youth Project helps kids facing such issues as drug/alcohol abuse, anger, family issues, peer pressure, grief/loss, suicide, depression, bullying, teen pregnancy, etc.

The Youth Project offers free, bilingual, one-to-one or group counseling, education and outreach and crisis intervention.

For more information about the SCV Youth Project, visit www.HelpNotHassle.org.

mbuttelman@signalscv.com

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