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Gilda’s Club Presents Laugh Out Loud 5 Comedy Show, Nov. 2

Hackensack–The fifth major comedy event to remember and share hilarious laughs in the spirit of Gilda Radner–a comedy showcase featuring nationally known talents David Steinberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Caroline Rhea, Vince August, Cory Kahaney, Reese Waters, Jeff Norris, Gary Delena, and Eddie Brill is coming to Hackensack to deliver laughs and raise funds for Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey.

The peals of laughter from Laugh Out Loud 5 are scheduled to erupt Sunday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at the Bergen County Academies Auditorium at 200 Hackensack Ave. Tickets range from $29 to $59 each and are available at Showclix.com. Proceeds from Laugh Out Loud 5 will benefit Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey, a cancer support community offering free social activities, lectures, workshops, and support groups.

Ruth Dugan of Gilda’s Club NNJ said, “With entertaining, laugh-filled fundraisers like these, Gilda’s Club is able to continue to provide vital cancer support services to our growing membership without charge.”

A legendary comedian of the ’60s through the ’80s, David Steinberg is now regarded as one of the best and most creative directors working in television today. Most recently, David has directed for the hit series Weeds and is now in his eighth season directing Curb Your Enthusiasm. His work on Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Curb Your Enthusiasm has earned him several DGA and Emmy awards and nominations.

Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City at age 15 and after a few short years, became known around town as the comedian’s comedian. After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of Saturday Night Live (SNL) became of aware of Gottfried and in 1980 hired him as a cast member. His work in television led to roles in film, including Beverly Hills Cop II, Problem Child, Problem Child II, Look Who’s Talking II, and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. After his stellar performance as the wise-cracking parrot in the Disney classic Aladdin, Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents. Gottfried has been a regular on the new Hollywood Squares and was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Howard Stern Show.

Alan Zweibel is an original SNL writer, best-selling author, and award-winning playwright. His close friendship and collaboration with Radner extended beyond their tenure at SNL – as her last television appearance was on an episode of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which Zweibel co-created and produced. After Radner passed away, Zweibel wrote a best-selling book about their relationship titled Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner–A Sort of Love Story, which he later adapted into an off-Broadway play. He has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel The Other Shulman. Zweibel was also co-author of the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays.

A stand-up comedian and actress, Caroline Rhea is known for her work on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and as host of The Caroline Rhea Show. Other notable television appearances include The Drew Carey Show, NBC’s The Biggest Loser and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Vince August is former Judge Vince Sicari, who recently chose comedy over the court when the Supreme Court ruled he couldn’t do both. He has made quite a name for himself as a standup comic in New York City as a New York Comedy Festival regular, closing more shows at Caroline’s over the last three years than any comedian in the country as well as being the closer for the Caroline’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular. He has been a warm-up comic for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His acting credits include 30 appearances on the hit show What Would You Do? on ABC, which is currently in syndication on HLN. Usually portraying the antagonist in the social experiment show, his passive-aggressive improvisation skills made him a show favorite.

Cory Kahaney is best known from Season One of Last Comic Standing. Other television credits include Comedy Central Presents: Cory Kahaney, The View, and many episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Her off-Broadway hit, The J.A.P. Show, ran for six months in New York City and continues to tour the country, re-named The Princesses of Comedy.

Hosting Laugh Out Loud 5 will be Eddie Brill, a well-respected comic in the United States and abroad. A regular on the comedy scene in England, Eddie previously worked on The Late Show with David Letterman, serving as both the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator and audience warm-up.

About Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey:

Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey is a cancer-support community serving 12 counties in North Jersey as well as southern Rockland County, and is part of an international network of affiliate clubhouses anchored by Gilda’s Club Worldwide. All services at the Hackensack-based clubhouse, from lectures and workshops to support groups and social events, are open to anyone–men, women, children, and teens–who has been touched in any way by cancer, and are completely free of charge. For further information or to make a donation, visit www.gildasclubnnj.org or call 201-457-1670.

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