“Fidos and Fighters” - Two Headliners Laugh it up for Benicia Vallejo Humane Society, Vallejo PAL Boxing Club

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For the Animals and Kids, Our Future! The nationÂ?s club comic of the year and a past San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition winner take the stage in a fund-raiser Thursday, June 16, 7 P.M., for the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society (Fidos) and Vallejo PAL Boxing Club (Fighters).

The nation’s club comic of the year and a past San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition winner take the stage in a fund-raiser Thursday, June 16, 7 P.M., for the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society (Fidos) and Vallejo PAL Boxing Club (Fighters).

Rocky LaPorte, a Chicago-based comedian honored in 2004 as Comic of the Year in a survey of 70 comedy clubs, headlines the program at Rizza Auditorium at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. Opening the show is Berkeley’s Johnny Steele.

Tickets are $20. “A great way to laugh the night away and help two great groups” says Volunteer Denise Robinson of Vallejo.

LaPorte is coming off a banner year that included a December debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and his first feature film, “The Shaggy Dog,” with Tim Allen. Last summer, LaPorte joined Drew Carey in a show for the U.S. troops in Iraq. “Entertaining the troops was amazing,” LaPorte said. “I was happy to do it, to bring some laughs to people who need it. We stayed one night in a Baghdad hotel on the 12th floor. And the 14th got hit with a mortar round. That was a great wake-up call.”

Spotlighted in a “Godfathers of Comedy” tour set for the Fall. “And it’s all topped off by a trip to Vallejo,” LaPorte said. “It doesn’t get much better than this. Helping animals and helping kids who box.” Steele, the 1992 winner of the SF Comedy Competition, gained regional notoriety hosting the morning radio show on Live 105 KMEL in 1997. In ’99 he co-hosted KRON-TV’s “The Show,” which lasted three years.

Tickets for the comedy show are on sale at ABC Music in the Southampton Shopping Center, Benicia & the BV Humane Society at 1121 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo, or charge by phone call Katherine Gilbert at 707.645.7905 ext 102.

For more information call BV Humane Society Community Outreach Director, Peter Lepley at (707) 645-7905, ext. 113, e-mail [email protected]

About the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society

The mission of the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society (a California non-profit) is to offer refuge, medical care, nourishment and an opportunity for a second chance for life to unwanted animals; to protect animals from cruelty, neglect, carelessness and ignorance; to foster a public sentiment of humanity and gentleness toward all animals through education and encouragement; and to promote the lifelong commitment of responsible pet ownership.

About the Vallejo PAL Boxing Club under the nonprofit PAL umbrella, the club in downtown Vallejo offers an inexpensive outlet for young people of all ages. Nearly 100 Vallejo and Benicia youth utilize the facilities. One of the club’s boxer’s, 11-year-old Tyler Terrazas, recently won the California Silver Gloves and placed second in the national competition in Kansas City.

For more information call Benicia Vallejo Humane Society Community Outreach Director, Peter Lepley at (707) 645-7905, ext. 113, e-mail [email protected]

Media: Both performers are available for interview

Call Peter Lepley at (707) 645-7905, ext. 113 to arrange

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