Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Steven Wright headlines Ding Ho reunion benefit

For those who long for the good ol’ days when Inman Square’s Ding Ho was the center of Boston’s comedy universe, you’re in luck.

A handful of old-time Ding Ho regulars are gathering for a one-night-only benefit to help out comedian Bob Lazarus called "One Of Our Own" kicking off at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Local stand-up legends like Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke, Barry Crimmins, Steve Sweeney and Jimmy Tingle will gather for this must-see evening of comedy.

Political satirist Crimmins, who founded the infamous Ding Ho Comedy Club in 1979, is coming out of retirement and stepping up to the mic to help out his friend.

"I have made no appearances since last year. None. I always said that if there was a really good reason I'd show up to help. My dear friend Bob Lazurus's illness is just such a good reason," Crimmins remarks.

Lazarus has toured all over the country with Wright and has been seen on Comedy Central and in film with cameos in flicks like "27 Dresses," "Mystic River," etc. Lazarus was diagnosed with leukemia last summer and has been in remission since his hospital stay in August.

With 10 months of outpatient treatments scheduled, proceeds from the show will be donated to help offset Lazarus’ medical costs.

7 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. Arlington, MA. $45-$50. 781-646-4849 or www.regenttheatre.com.

Click here for my previous interviews with Jimmy Tingle and Barry Crimmins.

1 comment:

Charlie T. Ray said...

I can't be the only one excited about this,can I?
I'm really looking forward to this "reunion".
You can't pass up a chance for good laughs and also help someone out, not in these times.

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