6th Annual “Follow Your Dreams – Comedy Ball” 2015

ComedyBall6 FlyerDS Action invites you to “Follow Your Dreams” on Sunday, November 8, 2015, as we celebrate our 6th Annual Comedy Ball, at San Diego’s premier comedy venue, the Mad House Comedy Club – Horton Plaza.  Kick up your heels on the yellow brick road and be transported to the Magical World of OZ!  This annual Charity Comedy Event and Auction raises funds to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  DS Action partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego in 2008 to establish the Down Syndrome Center.  The Comedy Ball provides much needed funding to provide the community with a specialty medical facility for people with Down syndrome.

To Order Tickets – www.classy.org/comedyball2015

We are very excited to have such a powerful lineup of comedians this year.  The HEADLINER for the comedy show is KEVIN JOHNSON.   Kevin is recognized as one of the world’s top 10 Ventriloquists.  He has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and the “Late Show with David Letterman”.   Kevin is well known for his “clean comedy” and has performed at a variety of venues, including cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, casinos and many more.  You will not want to miss three very talented stand-up comedians, who will take the stage before Kevin.  They are Erik Knowles, Trenton Davis & Dustin Nickerson. (Scroll down to learn more about each performer)  This is going to be a show to remember.

The evening commences at 5 p.m. with music, sweet treats (created by Continental Catering), mingling, viewing of live/silent auction items, silent auction bidding and plenty of photo opportunities.  Visit Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers in the auction viewing area.  They will have their team of professionals available to showcase many treasurers, which will be available for purchase.

All guests will be seated at 6 p.m.  The show will begin with a presentation, immediately followed by the high energy of our live auction, led by Auctioneer, Scott Bowman.  This is not your typical live auction.  If you haven’t attended DS Action’s Comedy Ball in the past, you will not want to miss it.   As the auction wraps up, the main event begins, with the Comedy Show.   Sit back, relax and be entertained by our spectacular line-up of comedians.

Reservations are necessary to confirm seating.  Follow the ticket links on this site – www.classy.org/comedyball2015.  VIP/Reserved seating is available, for anyone who would like to have a reserved table and early seating.  VIP/Reserved tickets are $50/each and seating is limited.  Be sure to get these tickets early.  General Admission seating is also available at $40/ticket.  Food and drink will be available for purchase during the event. (To view the “NEW” Madhouse Comedy Club’s menu, please click here.)  Guests must be 21+.  Themed costumes are optional, but always FUN!

If this is the first time that you will be attending DS Action’s Comedy Ball, here is an overview of what to expect.  You WILL be INSPIREDDREAMS will come true!  The evening is FULL of SURPRISES!  We believe these are just some of the reasons why so many people look forward to this event, year after year.

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, provide an item for the live/silent auctions or if you have any general questions, please contact Barbara Wehrung, Comedy Ball Chairperson at barbara.wehrung@dsaction.com or (619) 694-4615.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, November 8th.  To find out more about DS Action and the Comedy Ball at www.dsaction.com/comedyball6

We would like to thank Trio Photographic for capturing the memories from previous Comedy Ball events, please follow this link to view photos: http://www.triophotographic.com/ds-action

To view videos from DS Action’s previous Comedy Ball events.  Thank you to Canis Lupus Productions and Paracosm Film.  Please follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/user/DSACTION21/videos

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING:  Please be sure to purchase a parking pass for $5/per car.  This will provide validation for the entire evening.  The Mad House Comedy Club will only be able to provide 4-hour validation.  Additional parking fees at Horton Plaza are $2/every 15 minutes.  The $5 parking pass is available to purchase here, when you buy your event ticket(s).  You will receive your pass upon check-in.

“Follow Your Dreams – Comedy Ball” – The Comedians

KEVIN JOHNSON – Kevin has been a ventriloquist nearly all his life. It all started when he was 9 years old, after his parents gave him his first pull-string dummy for Christmas. Having no formal training, he taught himself the art of ventriloquism over a 4 year period. He developed his technique from a parrot. It intrigued him that parrots could speak so clearly without the use of lips. So he re-learned how to speak all together with the use of his tongue and his throat. Is it any wonder that his two closest friends, Clyde and Matilda are birds?

Kevin was introduced to the stage by his grandfather Harley Noles, who performed magic shows throughout Colorado. He told Kevin, “If you get good enough, you can open for my show.” At the age of 13, he opened for his grandfather with a 5 minute act with a wooden puppet (Raymond), that his grandfather made for him.

Although you’ll never see Kevin’s mouth move, the real magic happens with the believability of his characters. You’ll fall in love with Matilda, laugh hysterically with Clyde and relate awkwardly with Harley. Throughout his show you’ll see and experience different variations of ventriloquism. From an audience participant becoming one of Kevin’s puppets to a magical drawing board coming to life, his show is a hit for every age. He has a unique ability to appeal to children, seniors and everyone in between.

Kevin is mostly recognized from his 2006 appearance on NBC’s primetime show America’s Got Talent. More than 18 million viewers were amazed by his “Godzilla Theater” and Simon Cowell told Kevin, “America loves you.”

In February 2007, Kevin achieved one of his lifelong goals when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Kevin masterfully honed his skills as a ventriloquist performing nearly 9,000 shows over a 9 year run at San Diego’s Legoland California Theme Park. Legoland California nominated him for the Big E Awards through IAAPA and won the honor of “Best Male Performer” in 2004 and 2006! Kevin is the only performer to be recognized twice. IAAPA is the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and includes attractions from over 90 countries.

From corporate events to cruise ships, Kevin has always been known for his “clean comedy” and is loved and appreciated by audiences of all ages.

Learn more about Kevin Johnson on his website at:  http://www.kevinjohnson.tv/ or via social media at:  https://www.facebook.com/kevinjohnsonventriloquist

ERIK KNOWLES – Back by popular demand to DS Action’s Comedy Ball.  Erik Knowles did his first stand-up set in the fourth grade at a summer camp talent show. Even at just nine years old, his two minutes of Nickelodeon jokes killed. His next performance was in 1999 while he was in the Marine Corps. One of his superiors, noticing Erik’s ability to make his peers laugh, ordered him to do a stand-up routine at the upcoming squadron Christmas Party talent contest. Erik won the contest by making fun of the Commanding Officer.  After he got out of the Marine Corps in 2003, he did his first open mic at the Comedy Store in La Jolla. After that, there was no stopping him. Over the next few years he went on to perform with such headliners as Sarah Silverman, Pauly Shore, Bobby Lee, Zach Galifianakis, John Lovitz, Bobby Slayton, Gene Pompa, Joey “Coco” Diaz, Carlos Alazraqui, and many, many more. He was a finalist at the California Comedy Festival, The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas (2010), and has performed in comedy clubs and casinos, and military bases all over California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas.

Find out more about Erik Knowles:  www.erikknowles.com; social media:  Facebook – www.facebook.com/erikknowles

TRENTON DAVIS – With an impressive 3rd place finish in the prestigious 2013 Seattle International Comedy Contest as well as 1st place finish in the 2013 Sacramento Comedy Festival and another 1st place finish in the 2013 World Series of Comedy Raleigh Satellite contest Trenton Davis’ ten thousand plus hours of Stand-up comedy is beginning to show dividends!

He’s carried that momentum into 2015 with a 3rd place finish in Atlanta’s Laughing Skull competition.  Trenton was raised in a dual parent household in a rural county of NC. He attended a high school that was 97% White and then followed that up with attending a Historically Black College.  His unique experiences have shaped his views and created one of the best comedic writers of our generation.  Trenton has lived in three major comedy cities (Chicago, San Francisco & Los Angeles) features and headlines clubs across US. Trenton has been seen on Bar Rescue and is currently a writer for the new Beats by Dre Pill campaign.  He has an album on iTunes entitled “It Had To Be Said.”

Website for Trenton Davis:  https://trentondavis.socxs.com  Please follow Trenton on twitter https://twitter.com/Trentoncomed and “like” his fan page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trenton-F-Davis/309730812387650?ref=hl

DUSTIN NICKERSON – Winner of the 2015 San Diego Clean Comedy Competition.  Finalist in the 2015 San Diego’s Funniest Person Contest. Dustin Nickerson performs in clubs, colleges, corporate events, churches, casinos, and colleges throughout the country. Dustin brings you into his life through his jokes about marriage, kids, culture, childhood, and being called “Justin” his whole life. Original, candid, poignant, observational, relatable, and engaging are words often used to describe Dustin’s brand of comedy.

Born and raised in Seattle, but now adjusting to life in Southern California, Dustin is a humble yet intelligent comic. He’s been seen on the KPBS Comedy Hour, Hulu, Rooftop Comedy, ComedyTime TV, Yahoo TV, UT-TV, and is a weekend regular at dozens of clubs across the country. He’s showcased for Comedy Central Up Next, the Christian Comedy Association National Conference, has been heard on the Daren Streblow Comedy Show, KSDW 88.9FM, as well as the Scott and BR Show on 1090AM.

He describes himself as “the world’s most average person” but is far from it when on stage.

Just a few of the clubs Dustin regularly appears at are: The Hollywood, Tempe, Irvine, and Ontario Improvs -The Comedy Store, La Jolla and Hollywood -The Laugh Factory, Las Vegas -The Comedy Underground, Seattle -The Ice House, Pasadena -Rooster T. Feathers, Sunnyvale -Tacoma Comedy Club -Flappers Comedy Club, Burbank and Claremont -Mad House Comedy Club, San Diego

Dustin has also participated in the World Series of Comedy, Ventura Comedy Festival and San Diego Comedy Festivals.

At just 30 years old, Dustin has been married for 10 years and has three kids! This helps makes Dustin truly one of the most unique voices in the comedy scene.

You can find out more about Dustin Nickerson on his website: http://www.dustinnickerson.com or on social media:  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dustinnickerson and https://www.facebook.com/Dustin-Nickerson-Average-Comedy-488735051162532 Twitter: https://twitter.com/DustinNickerson

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