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Locals use laughs to fight homelessness

J.R.’s Comedy Club hosts Celebrity Golf Classic to help raise money for SCV Emergency Winter Shelter

Posted: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

J.R.’s Comedy Club hosted its second annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit the Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter on Monday at Robinson Ranch Golf Course.

There was so much laughter after at the 2010 version, J.R.’s Comedy Club decided to do it again.

“We had a great time last year,” said Randy Lubas, co-owner of J.R.’s Comedy Club.

Eager to make people laugh and raise money to support the Santa Clarita Homeless Shelter’s campaign to become a year-round shelter, Lubas and his 17 fellow comedian friends told hundreds of jokes to the 70 attendees of the golf tournament Monday afternoon and the banquet that followed.

The shelter currently operates from Dec. 1 to March 31.

“It will take us about two years to operate a full-time shelter,” Tim Davis, the shelter’s executive director, said. “Plans are under way to do it.”

Bruce Baum, from “America’s Funniest People,” was eager for the chance to help.

“As comics, we are fortunate to go all over the country and meet people from all walks of life,” Baum said. “We believe, as most people do, everyone is entitled to a meal on the table and a roof over their head.”

Fellow comedian Derrick Cameron said homelessness was a major issue for him.

“With all that is going on in the world, we need to remind ourselves that it’s good for the soul to laugh,” said Cameron, who has performed on “The Tonight Show” and “Comics Unleashed.”

Carl Labove, one of the original “Outlaws of Comedy,” also performed at the event.

“We all lived in our cars at one time or another,” Labove said. “This is just a small way that we are paying it back, because we got lucky.”

For Jimmy Shubert from “Comedy Central Presents,” the current state of the economy drew him in.

“In this economy, I feel like I’m a pretty blessed guy,” Shubert said. “You should give back as much as you can. We are using our talents to help people.”

The comedians in attendance were Lubas, Baum, Hays, Cameron, Labove, Shubert, Jamie Alcroft, Nehl Bobal, Kenny Bob Davis, Mark Eddie, Dan Friesen, Brandon Gibson, Conrad Lawrence, Don McMillan, Lance Montalto, Jim O’Brien and Jimmy and Steve Smith.



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