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Comedy Night

Friday, January 4, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Lesher Center for the Arts Walnut Creek

$60 - $40 - $20

Dana Carvey
Kevin Pollak
and John Wing

Hosted by Mark Pitta

Dana Carvey
Mark Pitta   Kevin Pollak   John Wing

Stand up for animals at Comedy Night, an evening of laughter
benefiting ARF’s lifesaving programs. Check back for updated information!

Emmy-award winning comedian Dana Carvey was a six-year repertory member of Saturday Night Live. He has received widespread praise for his uncanny and exaggerated comedic impersonations of political figures and is best known for his characters the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz bodybuilding duo; Garth, Wayne Campbell's (Mike Myers) "Excellent Cohost" on the immensely popular sketch "Wayne's World," and Weekend Update's Grumpy Old Man.In addition to his television career, Carvey's transfer from the small screen to the large screen included roles in The Road to Wellville, Clean Slate, Trapped in Paradise, This is Spinal Tap Opportunity Knocks, and the blockbuster hits Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2.

Mark Pitta is a national headliner coming from the fervent San Francisco comedy scene of the 1980s. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, making subsequent appearances with Jay Leno, hosted FOX’s Totally Hidden Video and NBC’s Friday Night Videos, and made guest appearances on Mad About You and Third Rock From the Sun. In the 1990s, Mark became the roving entertainment reporter/host for the top rated morning show in the San Francisco Bay Area. A favorite on the comedy club, college, and corporate circuits, Mark has also opened for Chris Isaak, Celine Dion, Vanessa Williams, Paul Anka, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton John, Smokey Robinson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Rick Springfield. The prestigious ELAN Awards has chosen Mark as Master of Ceremonies five times, and Anthony Robbins has employed Mark to liven up his financial seminars.

Kevin Pollak has become so recognized for his work on the big screen, that audiences may not remember that he first found success as a popular stand up comedian. He has appeared in the academy award winning drama "The Usual Suspects", along with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the successful comedy sequel "Grumpier Old Men", "Canadian Bacon" with John Candy, and Martin Scorsese's searing drama, "Casino".

Kevin earlier earned wide spread praise for his work in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men" in which he starred with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Kevin began his career doing stand up comedy and has produced and starred in two HBO comedy specials, The Cable Ace Award nominated, "One Night Stand", and "Stop With The Kicking".

John Wing is a Canadian comedian and author from Sarnia, Ontario.

He has worked in comedy clubs and colleges in thirty states and in every Canadian province. Arriving in America in the late '80s, John quickly racked up appearances on Fox's Comic Strip Live, MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, VH-1's Stand Up Spotlight, and A&E's An Evening At The Improv, on which he has performed five times.

In 1993, at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, his performance for the Canadian Broadcasting Company's special was good enough to earn him a Gemini nomination, Canada's award for excellence in television. He also appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson six times.


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