Steve Simeone, Laurie Kilmartin and Jimmy Shubert will be the featured comedians at the 8th Annual “Comics for the Cause” fundraiser for The Youth Project at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Aug. 22.
Presented by Curt Kravitz with Bay Equity Home Loans and Anita and Jim Lombardi with Federal Escrow, Inc., the event will begin with a pre-show VIP party meet and greet at 6 p.m., with showtime for the performers promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 to $55 and are on sale now at HelpNotHassle.org. The VIP party is an extra $35. Spacfe is limited.
Past comics have included Billy Gardell, Jay Leno, Howie Mandel and other famous comics from HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central such as Bryan Callen, Cristela Alonzo, John Heffron, Tammy Pescatelli, Craig Shoemaker, Wendy Liebman, Drew Lynch, Maz Jobrani, Nikki Glaser, RodMan, Drew Lynch, Jon Reep, Taylor Tomlinson, Jesus Trejo, Cathy Ladman just to name a few.
Laurie Kilmartin has been doing standup since 1987 and has appeared on “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Comedy Central. Her “Seeso” special “45 Jokes About My Dead Dad” made Vulture’s list of Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016. She’s written two books, “Sh**ty Mom” (2012) and “Dead People Suck” (2018).
She is currently a writer for “Conan” on TBS and previously wrote for “Tough Crowd w/Colin Quinn” (Comedy Central) and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (CBS). Kilmartin has appeared the Montreal Comedy Festival as a New Face and, 12 years later, as a Master.
Steve Simeone made his Comedy Central debut on Gabriel Iglesias’ “Stand Up Revolution” and since has been featured multiple times on the network’s “This Is Not Happening” storytelling show. His comedy is heard regularly on SiriusXM radio and his album “What’s Up Nerds?” debuted at No. 1 on both the Apple iTunes and GooglePlay charts.
Simeone has performed at the New York Comedy Festival and in 2017 made his debut at the prestigious “Just For Laughs” Festival in Montreal. You can see him in national commercials for Miller Lite beer and Little Tykes toys.
Jimmy Shubert became a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has since been seen on Comedy Central as the closing act on Dave Atell’s “Comedy Underground” and performing in major comedy clubs all across the country. Shubert has also built an impressive resume as a film and TV actor. In television, he is also known for his recurring role on “King of Queens” for five years and several appearances on “Entourage.”
Shubert recently did a guest star on IFC’s ”Maron,” ABC’s “Back in the Game” with James Caan, and on the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls.” He played Betty White’s neighbor. He appeared on Disney’s hit show “Zeke and Luther” as Bobby Dicey-World’s Greatest Daredevil, and in “Barely Legal,” a pilot presentation about a dysfunctional family law firm. Other TV credits include “Heist,” “The Loop,” “ER,” “Reno 911,” “Rude Awakenings,” “Angel,” “Lucky,” “New Car Smell,” “Sonny with a Chance” and “Youth in Revolt.”
“It is such an honor to be able to host such a fun event that helps so many kids, and that our community loves to support year after year. This is such a hilarious way to spend a weeknight,” said Board President Anita Lombardi.
The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project is celebrating 19 years of successfully providing free services to teens in the Santa Clarita Valley. Since their doors opened in 2000, the Youth Project has assisted more than 35,000 local families, including 30,000 youth and 5,000 adults.
In 2017/2018, with services on six high schools and seven junior high campuses, the SCV Youth Project provided more than 8,000 hours of service to the young adults in the Santa Clarita Valley with serious life challenges, including depression, suicide, grief/loss, peer pressure, bullying and drug/alcohol abuse, said Kim Goldman, executive director.
“Comics for the Cause” Sponsors (at press time)
* Center Stage Sponsors: Curt Kravitz of Bay Equity Home Loans and Anita & Jim Lombardi of Federal Escrow Inc.
* Headliner Sponsor: Kathy Watterson of Re/Max , SCV Soccer Center
* Opening Act Sponsor: QM Design Group
* Side Show Sponsors: Tom Hough CPA, The Schutz Family/McDonald’s of Santa Clarita
* Media Sponsors: The Magazine of Santa Clarita, KHTS Hometown Station, The Signal, InsideSCV,
* VIP Party: Mixes with DJ Ty, Sonja Randall from Smokin’ Bar-B-Quties, Toffee Dejour, Eighth & Rail