Comedian Lends A Hand to an Oklahoma Community

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Argus Hamilton, funniest topical comedian in America, takes part in grassroots campaign to get drugs out and arts in.

Art helps to fulfill man's oldest drive, the drive to create.

According to Argus Hamilton, "Art helps to fulfill man's oldest drive, the drive to create.” This is something Hamilton has been doing for some time through his successful career as a comedian.

A proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma and now living in Los Angeles, Hamilton brings an extraordinary perspective to the news from all over the country. He has performed at corporate, political and charity events, works out his material at The Comedy Store in Hollywood, and is regularly quoted by daily newspapers including The San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Business Journal, by Time magazine and by radio personalities including Paul Harvey.

Hamilton, an Oklahoma native, was even honored by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry as the official comedian of the Oklahoma Centennial where he appeared with the governor in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Currently, Argus Hamilton is returning to Oklahoma on the 23rd of October to lend a hand to the community of McAlester where he will appear as the Master of Ceremonies for a grassroots campaign called Take McAlester Back.

Take McAlester back was started by the local Chamber, Pride in McAlester, McAlester Main Street and Narconon Arrowhead as a movement to help get the pain of drugs out and the joy of creating in all around southeastern Oklahoma.

The group will kick off their official event on October 23rd which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Choctaw Ave. in McAlester that will include a 10k race and family fun relay; bands playing throughout the day; a best Boston cream pie and salsa contest; and a karaoke contest. At 7:00 p.m. that night there will be a main event featuring Jana Jae, a world renowned fiddle player and Michael Ginsburg, the 2007 Oklahoma Fiddle Champion in open division, who will be playing a benefit concert at the Scottish Rights Auditorium in the Masonic Temple with all proceeds benefitting the Okla Theater restoration project.

“The Take Back McAlester campaign gives me a chance to raise public awareness that previously forsaken lives can be rescued, rehabilitated and restored to sanity,” says Hamilton. “My life is one of those rescued examples. I'm alarmed by the new challenges facing today's kids from the drug world.”

“Thanks to the people who produced Take Back McAlester we've got a stage to produce the joy and music and the laughter that art provokes,” adds Hamilton. “It's a reminder that producers, publicists and light and sound engineers are artists, too. All we need now is the audience. Come one, come all!”

Mr. Hamilton will be appearing for a press conference at 5:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple in McAlester and will then appear as the Master of Ceremonies for the benefit concert that night. He is also available for interviews upon request.

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