Marathon: American Legion hosts comedy night

Marathon: American Legion hosts comedy night

When your group holds a comedy night as a fundraiser and it sells out, what do you do for an encore?

Add more comedy.

Comedian Lenny Travis will headline the comedy night on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the American Legion. He said the gig came personally recommended.

“My buddy Perry, who is also a comedian, called me up and said ‘You’re going to love this place,’” said Lenny Travis, explaining how he came to be one of three headliners at the comedy night on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the American Legion.

The event met with such success its first year, organizers have added a second show.

“We were turning people away last year,” said Derrick Johnson, American Legion adjutant and vice commander. “We sold out.”

Travis will join comedians Andy Kern and Steven Briggs.

Briggs tours the country and has a featured spot on Sirius XM. Kern has appeared on VH1 and Comedy Central. Travis … well, he wrote jokes for Rodney Dangerfield at the tender age of 18. Dangerfield paid $50 a joke.

“Every single joke was about sex or drugs,” said Travis, laughing. “I caught his act ten years later and he was still using them. Boy, he really got his money’s worth.”

Travis has also written for Jay Leno and Rosie O’Donnell and appeared on Showtime, A&E and Fox.

Travis is a New York transplant, who has found a mine of new material in ‘Floriduh.’ (“My parents live in Century Village retirement home. I wander around wondering ‘What century?’”)

Proceeds from the event benefit American Legion scholarships and the service club’s general fund.

The 90-minute shows start at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available at the American Legion at 4115 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

The gig was booked through Comedy Machine, established in 2004 in California. “Our brand of comedy is PG-13ish,” said Steve Jameson of the agency. “We want people to leave happy, without being offended. That’s our brand of comedy.”

 

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