(Photo above: (L-R) Chase Brockett, Sean McBride, Jake Woodmansee)
The 18th Annual Comedy Benefit supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon starts at the Tower Theatre at 7pm Friday, October 23. Join them for a fantastic night of live and silent auction packages, exceptional local desserts, tasty beverages and sidesplitting entertainment.
Highlights of the evening include a red carpet photo opportunity, compliments of Mercedes Benz/Kendall and an invitation only VIP pre-party hosted by Brown and Brown Northwest Insurance for our sponsors. Guests will receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. We’ve added more comedy this year with three comedians: Chase Brockett, Sean McBride and Jake Woodmansee.
Chase Brockett grew up in Bakersfield, CA, where being tiny and asthmatic forced him to become funny. After growing taller and ditching his inhaler, he moved to Southern California where he would become one of the best of San Diego at the Comedy Store. Chase explores a variety of subjects, such as family, relationships, politics and science. His smart and endearingly frustrated comedic style has gotten him described as America’s nephew. His affable charm has delighted audiences in all types of venues from bars, theaters, colleges and clubs such as the Improv and Comedy Store. He currently resides in Portland, OR.
Born in the Midwest, but raised in Western New England, it’s no surprise that Sean McBride is now one of the fastest rising comics to come out of Southern California. A well-traveled man indeed, but that’s part of what helps Sean relate to people, no matter where he’s performing. After appearing numerous times on the NFL Network and Hulu’s Comedy Time, as well as a breakout performance in the film, National Lampoon’s Dirty Jokes: The Movie, starring Murray Langston, and currently airing on SHOWTIME, Sean hit the road as the opening act for legendary comedian Vic Dunlop (The Richard Pryor Show, Make Me Laugh). He’s been climbing the Stand Up Comedy ranks and is quickly becoming a fan favorite all over the country. With hip, clever writing and a boyish charm, it’s no surprise everybody leaves one of Sean’s shows feeling like he’s been living next door to them their whole lives.
Jake Woodmansee is one of the most prominent stand up comedians in the Central Oregon area. He has performed for the entire west coast from Alaska to Hawaii and is the 2014 winner of Oregon’s Last Comedian Standing. With several years put into improvisational arts, Jake is able to provide a new experience for repeat audience members every time. With 15 years of experience in stand up comedy, he has been able to never repeat a single set. Jake has also been a regular performer at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and Improv in Los Angeles. A devout Bend local, he has worked with countless charities over the years using his irreverent words for the power of good. His favorite color is Bacon.
Individual tickets to the event are $50, two for $80. A reserved row of 10 seats can be purchased for $650. Tickets for the “Beer for a Year” drawing at $10 each and additional sponsor opportunities are available. To purchase tickets, go to www.bbbsco.org or call (541) 312 6047.
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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon works with the kids and families who need us most. We work with great kids who can use a positive role model and extra support. Together we can redefine what is possible for children in our community. Be someone who matters to someone who matters. Please join us to make a difference in a child’s life through volunteer service or donations.
Mission: To provide children facing adversity with mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better.
Vision: Every child in Central Oregon that needs a mentor is matched with one leading to higher aspirations, improved academic success and healthy life choices