Laugh For Sight Holds First L.A. Comedy Benefit Show; Kevin Pollak, Christopher Titus and Alonzo Bodden to be Featured at World-Famous Melrose Improv

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All-star comedy lineup announced for November 9, 2010 to raise funds for vision-related non-profits and retinal degenerative disease research.

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Laugh For Sight, a non-profit organization with the mission of raising funds and public awareness for retinal degenerative eye disease research, will host its Annual Laugh For Sight charity benefit for the first time in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the world famous Melrose Improv.

The non-profit organization recently held its fifth annual charity event at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City in support of its mission to raise awareness and research funding, specifically for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Stargardt disease and macular degeneration. The success of Laugh For Sight's New York City events has led to the organization's national expansion to Los Angeles, which for the first time, brings this effort to the West Coast.

The show lineup will feature some of the nation's best stand-up comedians, including legendary comedian and actor Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men), veteran comedian and actor Christopher Titus (sitcom "Titus"), stand-up comedian Alonzo Bodden (NBC's "Last Comic Standing"), and blind comedian and Laugh For Sight President/Co-Founder Brian Fischler with his guide dog Nash - all among the several acts scheduled to perform with more to be announced. General admission and VIP tickets for the event are expected to sell quickly and will go on sale October 19th, 2010 through the Melrose Improv.

With presenting title sponsor VisionZone, Optelec's, nationwide movement to promote ocular health awareness, Laugh For Sight L.A. will feature a VIP cocktail reception prior to the show and the live stand-up comedy at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit two noteworthy vision charities; The Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in support of its retinal degenerative eye disease research, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a globally renowned guide dog school which provides service dogs to the blind and visually impaired.

Laugh For Sight L.A. will be held at the Melrose Improv at 8162 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on November 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. General admission and VIP tickets for the event will be available on October 19th, 2010 for purchase at or by calling 323-651-2583.

Brian Fischler, Laugh For Sight's President/Co-Founder, is a nationally recognized blind stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in his early teens. Despite living with limited vision that has been declining over the years, he took a proactive stance and helped to form the Laugh For Sight organization and comedy benefit show. Fischler also recently partnered with Laugh For Sight L.A.'s title sponsor VisionZone where he serves as an advocate for ocular health awareness, contributes weekly blog posts, and starred as a lead actor in the short film "You're Not Alone Anymore" about low vision.

Laugh For Sight has also confirmed the national expansion of its signature comedy benefit show with the premiere of an additional inaugural event in Miami, FL at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach on December 17, 2010.

For more information or to get involved in this charity event, visit or contact Laugh For Site at and 917-470-9559.

About Laugh For Sight
Laugh For Sight was founded by blind stand-up comedian Brian Fischler ( and Scott Wartham. The organization's mission of raising funds and public awareness for vision-related non-profits and retinal degenerative disease research through its signature Laugh For Sight charity benefit show, known for having a rare lineup of some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy. The success since its inception has enabled Laugh For Sight to expand its reach nationally. In 2010 it partnered with VisionZone, Optelec's nationwide movement to promote ocular health awareness, and added two additional benefit shows in Los Angeles and Miami. For more information on Laugh For Sight please visit

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Matt Habecker                
BERKMAN for Laugh For Sight    
619.231.9977 (office)                
619.987.9982 (mobile)            

Lis Perry
Laugh For Sight
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
917.470.9559 (office)
201.755.6333 (mobile)


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