(Press Release) - Ian Salmon, west coast comic and actor, will headline a comedy and music benefit for CVCTV hosted by Pizza Plus in Eau Claire, Friday night, September 27, 2013, 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance at Pizza Plus, Truckers Union, CVCTV office in Banbury Place, and on the web at cvctv.org. Internet special 3/$25 in advance. $12 at the door. Other performers include local comics Cullen Ryan, Christina Wolff, and Jordan Duroe. Music by Klezmazel. Performances will be videoed by the CVCTV crew.
Benny Hass, who owns Pizza Plus, says "I jumped at the chance to support CVCTC by hosting this fundraiser. I've been on a mission to bring comedy to downtown Eau Claire—having a national act promotes comedy, and boosts awareness of CVCTV as a valuable community resource."
Salmon, a Jamaican native, was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland by his mother Cinderella Salmon. He began stand-up comedy in the early 90s and has been cranking out the laughs ever since. Salmon said "I love doing comedy and I love doing it with a multi-racial audience, I think it's God's gift to bring people of all races and genders together. Laughter is universal & there is not a single person on this planet that doesn't want to laugh!"
Salmon has been a finalist in HBO's Comedy Arts Festival and a semi-finalist in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots—a national competition for best new comics. In 2009 he moved to Los Angeles to work as an actor and has appeared on TV in "Flash Forward," "The Mentalist," and "Criminal Minds" and in the films "Dark Eyes" and "Minority Report." He hosts a Washington DC television show called "Somebody's Shorts," which airs short comic videos sent in by viewers.
Sharing the stage with Salmon will be local comics Cullen Ryan, Christina Wolff and Jordan Duroe. Music by Klezmazel, Eau Claire's only klezmer band. Klezmazel is a group of six folks playing a variety of instruments, who take their cue from 500 years of traditional ethnic music from the Jews and Gypsies of Eastern Europe. Klezmer music is irresistible—filled with both joy and sorrow, with soaring melodies and plaintive harmonies, stirring both our feet and our hearts.
Community Television is a great resource for the Chippewa Valley—in these days of media consolidation and limited local coverage, it remains as a local, independent source for news and entertainment. CVCTV's small but dedicated staff and committed volunteers produce programming that goes out to 80,000 households on cable 993 and 994, plus streaming video at cvctv.org and 101.9 FM. The station provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of local government meetings (doing c-span years before c-span existed), covers local arts & events and works with schools and nonprofits to educate our children. This is a great opportunity to support Community Television, and enjoy family-friendly comedy, great music and artisan pizza.
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