RAY ROMANO AND KEVIN JAMES TO HEADLINE
Rx LAUGHTER AT UCLA’S ROYCE HALL DECEMBER 6
Tickets On Sale Now For Comedy Benefit To Raise Money For Study
Examining The Effects Of Laughter On Sick Children
LOS ANGELES (November, 2003) – Emmy winning sitcom star and
standup comic Ray Romano and longtime friend and fellow sitcom star
Kevin James will headline this year’s second annual charity
benefit to raise money for Rx Laughter, a study examining the effects
of laughter and humor on the immune systems of sick children and
adolescents. The event, December 6, 2003 at 8 p.m. in UCLA’s
Royce Hall, will also feature stand-up performances by seasoned
comics Dane Cook and Megan Mooney. Tickets are available at the
UCLA Central Ticket Office (310) 825-2101, Ticketmaster locations
and www.ticketmaster.com. Comedy Central and Adlink team up as co-producers
of the benefit while Los Angeles retailers Good Guys and Mervyn's
have come on board as sponsors.
“I'm honored to be helping Rx Laughter raise funds for their
research on how comedy can be an important part of treating seriously
ill children and teens,” explains Ray Romano. “As a
dad, I know that there's nothing more important than the health
& happiness of my children. As a performer, it's a great feeling
to be able to give back to the community who have been so supportive
of me through the years by doing what I can to help Rx Laughter
continue its important research.”
Romano has become a household name with his famous deadpan humor
and family-friendly material while James provides a unique blue-collar
view of the world exploring life's little annoyances. Up and coming
comic Dane Cook and his kinetic delivery will offer the audience
something to think about, whether they want to or not, and Mooney
swears her act is merely an extension of her real life, flavored
with the skepticism of a seven year old.
Tickets are priced at $25 (balcony), $55 (floor seating) and $105
(VIP seating, which includes a pre-event cocktail reception). Call
the UCLA box office at (310) 825-2101 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday or visit any Ticketmaster location.
All proceeds from ticket sales will fund research for Rx Laughter,
a first-of-its-kind study that is scientifically testing the theory
that laughter really is the best medicine for children and adolescents
dealing with painful procedures and life-threatening illnesses.
The five-year study was launched in February 2000 with a seed grant
of $75,000 from Comedy Central.
The nonprofit project, which is a cooperative effort between scientists
and the entertainment industry, is founded and led by Sherry Dunay
Hilber, a veteran primetime network executive. Rx Laughter has supported
research at UCLA in the past, and it plans on expanding to key hospitals
throughout the nation as funding continues.
“Our ultimate goal is to understand how comedy programs can
be integrated in treatment procedures to improve immune function
while reducing pain and anxiety in children with serious illnesses,
such as cancer and AIDS,” Hilber said. “Having Ray,
Kevin, Dane and Megan give of their time and talent by performing
at this benefit will go a long way towards helping us to achieve
this goal.” Hilber hopes the benefit will raise $75,000 for
Ray Romano launched his standup career in New York in 1984 and
has performed at comedy clubs nationwide. In September of this year,
Romano picked up an Emmy as Executive Producer on his show “Everybody
Loves Raymond,” which won for Outstanding Comedy Series. His
role in the hit CBS sitcom has also earned Romano an Emmy and two
Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a
Comedy Series. In 1999, he received the Television Critics Association
Award for outstanding individual achievement in comedy. He also
won a TV Guide award for actor of the year in a comedy series.
Best known as Doug Heffernan on “The King of Queens,”
Kevin James also began his career as a standup comic. He got his
big break at the l996 Montreal Comedy Festival and was then cast
in a recurring role in “Everybody Loves Raymond” before
landing his own sitcom on CBS.
Dane Cook has been seen on “The Late Show with David Letterman,”
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “The Late
Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” as well as many Comedy Central
specials including “Comics Come Home” and “Comedy
Central Presents Dane Cook.”
Megan Mooney has performed at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival and
on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." She won the "Funniest
Person in Austin" award in 1998.
For information on Rx Laughter, visit www.rxlaughter.org.