From the California Theatre of the Performing Arts
The California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino will present the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival July 30 and 31, 2010.
Comedy Headliners, Tom Arnold, True Lies, Best Damn Sports Show Period, Caroline Rhea, The Caroline Rhea Show, The Biggest Loser, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Louie Anderson The Louie Show, Life with Louie, and Jon Lovitz Saturday Night Live, The Critic to perform at the LOL Comedy Festival.
Each of the five celebrity performances will be filmed live for the Showtime Network.
Outside the theatre from 5 pm to 11 pm on both Friday and Saturday nights there will be free events open to the public. There will be free stand up comedians, music and limited direct feeds from the entertainers inside the theatre to entertain the crowds. The outside festival will have food, drinks and fun. The entertainment outside is open to an adult only audience.
Inside the California Theatre there will be five celebrity events.
July 30, 2010 5pm: Free outdoor Festival begins outside the theatre. Featuring stand up comedians, music, food and fun.
July 30, 2010 8:00 pm: Tom Arnold performs at the California Theatre
July 30, 2010 9:30 pm: Legally Brown starring Willie Barcena, Alex Reymundo, Gerry Bednob, Crystela Alonzo
July 30, 2010 11:00 pm: Outdoor Festival Ends.
July 31, 2010 5 pm: Free outdoor Festival begins outside the theatre. Featuring stand up comedians, music, food and fun.
July 31, 2010 6 pm Caroline Rhea performs at the California Theatre
July 31, 2010 8 pm Louie Anderson performs at the California Theatre
July 31, 2011 9:30 pm Jon Lovitz performs at the California Theatre
July 31, 2010 11:00 pm Outdoor festival closes.
Performances held at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts 562 West 4th Street, San Bernardino CA.
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the California Theatre of the Performing Arts box office at (909) 885-5152 Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 9 pm.
Ticket prices vary for celebrity events from $19.00-49.00
Legally Brown tickets are $10.00-15.00
For more information log on to www.californiatheatre.net
LOL Celebrity Acts:
TOM ARNOLD July 30, 2010 8:00 pm
As a writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on "BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD." He recently returned to Fox Sports Network as both producer and host of the kids' baseball show "KID PITCH"
Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like "NINE MONTHS" with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, "TRUE LIES" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, "HERO" with Dustin Hoffman, and "AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY" with Mike Myers.
Arnold has successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype and is becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles. He received critical praise for his role in "GARDENS OF THE NIGHT," opposite John Malkovich, "THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD" starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, "GOOD DICK" opposite Jason Ritter, and "THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US" opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu. In 2005, he received critical notice for his role in Don Roos' "HAPPY ENDINGS" for Lions Gate Films. He was also seen in "PRIDE" opposite Terrance Howard, and "ANIMAL FACTORY," directed by Steve Buscemi. Other film credits include "SOUL PLANE," "CRADLE TO THE GRAVE," "EXIT WOUNDS" and "THE KID & I."
Arnold began his career in comedy at the University of Iowa before moving to Minneapolis, where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the highly successful television series, "ROSEANNE," before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in his own HBO special entitled "TOM ARNOLD: THE NAKED TRUTH," and then wrote, produced and starred in his own television series "THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW," "TOM" and "THE TOM SHOW."
Born in Iowa, Tom has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Tom is heavily involved in many charities such as The Race to Erase MS, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Best Buddies, Camp del Corazon, The Kayne Eras Center, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold's Inner City Games, The Hollenbeck Christmas Giveaway, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Tom Arnold returned to his roots as a stand-up comic this past year. Never scripted, Tom pokes fun at his Midwest past, marital follies and absurd Hollywood stories. Just like his past film and television comedy work, Tom is a ball of chaos and charisma on stage. He hosts the popular "Laughing With The Stars" weekly comedy show at The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood featuring supporting acts ranging from rising young comics to all-time favorites. His shows are famous for their loose atmosphere with Tom breaking down the walls between his fellow comics and the audience. No one is quite sure what to expect any given night.
Legally Brown: July 30, 2010 9:30 pm
Timely and political a number of "Legally" Brown comedians comment on immigration and their experiences in America. The show feature Willie Baecena, Gerry Bednob, Cristela Alonzo and Alex Reymundo.
Comedian Willie Barcena, an 18-year comedy veteran, never shys away from a challenge. He just completed a two-year run with The Morning Show on KSFM 102.5 Sacramento. During that time The Morning Show shot to the number one spot in this highly competitive market.
Willie's talent has garnered him 10 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Jay even invited Willie to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world.
Willie's numerous jobs prepared him for his comedy career. His security guard, plumber, roofer, and limo driver gigs gave him a background for his humor about everyday life. After 12 years of stand-up roadwork Willie is now ready for new challenges. He has written and performed a one-man show entitled "Cry Like a Man." This highly acclaimed performance demonstrates the struggle of a blue-collar comic in today's society.
In addition to being a comedy road warrior, Willie has appeared on many TV shows including: "Moesha," "The Wayans Brothers," and he was chosen to be the host of the popular Si-Tv production "Latino Laugh Festival - The Show."
He's also made multiple appearances on tours such as "Que Locos," "Latino Laugh Festival," "Montreal's Just for Laughs," and "Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion." Most recently, Willie had his one-hour Comedy Central receive rave reviews.
A Trinidad born comedian, he made appearances in the TV series The Wonder Years and the film Encino Man, before winning the 1993 Star Search International Stand-Up Competition. It was as a comic where he met writer/director Judd Apatow, and was cast as Mr. Burundi on the Fox television show, Undeclared. This relationship led to Gerry's breakthrough role as Mooj in the film, The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He would follow up on the success of this with numerous roles in film and TV including Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy, and Walk Hard with Jenna Fischer and John C. Reilly.
Gerry currently appears as Bling Bling Shelton in Free Radio on Vh1. He had a role in the 2010 film Furry Vengeance, with Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields, playing Mr. Gupta.
Cristela Alonzo is one of stand-up comedy's bold, new talents. With a powerful and engaging presence, she quips on her favorite topics such as pop culture, music, video games, and her life growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
In the last 5 years, Cristela has performed stand-up in clubs and theatres across the country in several national tours, appeared on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham", the South Beach Comedy Festival and the Latino Laugh Festival. She's been a writer for shows on Comedy Central and MSN. Cristela has won numerous awards for writing several short films that have screened at festivals nationwide, including Best Writing at the 48 Hour Film Festival and First Place at the Boston Comedy Festival. Most recently, Cristela was deeply honored to perform at the annual conference for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C.
When Cristela isn't performing stand-up, writing, making films, playing video games, watching The Cosby Show and Golden-Girls reruns, or listening to musicals, she likes to sleep in her spare time.
Cristela was most recently featured on the current season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" as a semifinalist.
ALEX REYMUNDO - Comic/Writer/Actor/Producer and Cool Dude
Best known as one of the "Original Latin Kings of Comedy," alongside George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez and Joey Medina, Reymundo has seen a whirlwind of success in the past few years.
Alex just concluded a development deal with Showtime that saw his first one hour comedy special, "Hick-Spanic," premiere on Showtime and then again on Comedy Central. Reymundo shot his stand-up show before a live audience in Albuquerque, NM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, rocking the house with his uniquely branded style of comedy, half-Latino and half-Hillbilly, all Hick-Spanic. Reymundo shares his perspective witt of growing up as an immigrant in a large Mexican family in Texas, to then marrying a Blond Haired Blue-eyed Southern Belle form Kentucky.
Home Media & Latin DVD Awards just presented "Hick-Spanic" with "Best Latin Stand-up DVD of the year 07", edging out nominations of George Lopez, Carlos Mencia & Gabriel Iglesias.
Alex also Executive produced and hosted the follow up to the Latin Kings of Comedy, "The Original Latin Divas of Comedy" and "Payaso Comedy Slam." Both specials premiered on Showtime and Comedy Central.
Currently performing on a two year nationwide tour with old buddy and fellow Texan Ron "tater salad" White, who is best known from the hugely successful "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," Reymundo brings to this stage the humor of his southern blue collar roots with the drive of a Latino immigrant for a clash of cultures which is ultimately hysterical and proving that no audience is beyond his reach.
This bilingual performer has lent his lightness to many corporations, associations, and products, all the while, keeping his eye on the moral responsibility to his community. His feature credits include, "The Movement," "El Matador," animated feature "Cars, "Permanent Vacation," "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," "Hick- Spanic, Live in Albuquerque" "The Payaso Comedy Slam", "The Original Latin Divas of Comedy", and P. Diddy's "Bad Boys of Comedy".
CAROLINE RHEA: July 31, 2010 6:00 pm
Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work.
In 1989, Caroline ventured to New York to start her career in stand-up comedy. She studied in the stand-up program at the New School of Social Research and trained at the comedy club, Catch a Rising Star. With nightly gigs at New York's venerable clubs, Caroline's status quickly grew and she became an integral part of the city's comedy scene. Her career was further boosted by numerous appearances on "MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour," "Comic Strip Live" and "Caroline's Comedy Hour." For the last seventeen years, Caroline has continued to perform to sold-out audiences in top comedy clubs all over the country and in Canada.
Her feature credits include, "The Perfect Man," with Heather Locklear, a supporting role in "Man on the Moon," the story of the late comedian Andy Kaufman, co-starring Jim Carrey, "Christmas With the Kranks," opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the wrestling film, "Ready to Rumble," opposite Oliver Platt, David Arquette and Scott Caan. Caroline's television career has taken off since she first starred as
Aunt Hilda on The WB's sitcom "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch." She starred in Lifetime's made for television movie "Fat Like Me," and was the host of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." She was last seen in a one hour stand up special, part of Bravo's "Funny Girls," entitled "Rhea's Anatomy," which aired on Halloween 2006. Other credits include; host of "The Caroline Rhea Show," regular guest on Whoopi Goldberg's "Hollywood Squares," Drew's girlfriend on "The Drew Carey Show," the made for television movie "Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire," "Pride and Joy" on NBC, Comedy Central's "Pulp Comic," "Comic Relief 8" and "One Night Stand 2005." She also appeared in the pilot of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," written by Larry David.
LOUIE ANDERSON: July 31, 2010 8pm
Two-time Emmy award winner Louie Anderson is one of the country's most recognized and adored comics and was named by Comedy Central as "One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time."
Currently he is headlining in his own show, "Louie-Larger Than Life" at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Anderson began his career at a comedy club in his native Minneapolis, when on a dare from friends; he got up on stage and performed.
His big break came in 1984 when he appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" who was so impressed with the comic; he called him out for a rare and coveted "second bow."
Anderson's stand-up comedy career skyrocketed. Known as a "clean" comedian, his stories about growing up in the Midwest, being one of 11 children and dealing with an alcoholic father provided endless material for the comic with audiences of all types relating to his everyday life experiences.
The multi-talented performer went on to do television and movies starring in his own CBS sitcom "The Louie Show" and his own comedy specials for both HBO and Showtime.
Anderson also has guest starred on such popular sitcoms as "Scrubs" and "Grace Under Fire," dramas like "Touched by an Angel" and "Chicago Hope." He also has appeared in memorable featured roles in such films as "Coming to America" opposite Eddie Murphy.
The multi-talented comedian/actor's resume also includes the syndicated hit series, "Family Feud" and being executive producer and creator of the two-time Emmy Award winning animated series on FOX "Life With Louie."
Anderson is also a best selling author and has written three books including the best selling first book Dear Dad-Letters From An Adult Child in 1989.
Anderson, a humanitarian, is co-founder of the H.E.R.O. organization whose mission is to empower people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to attain maximum self-sufficiency.
He also spends many hours working with numerous other charities in keeping with his philosophy of giving back to his community whenever he can.
Jon Lovitz: July 31, 2010 9:30 pm
Jon Lovitz is a versatile comedic actor instantly recognizable for his distinctive voice, acerbic wit, pear-shaped body, and hangdog eyes. He studied at the University of California, Irvine, and participated in the Film Actors Workshop. He then went on to do guest spots on TV and had a recurring role on Foley Square. Lovitz also played small roles in Last_Resort (1986), and Ratboy (1986), and also provided a voice for the animated feature The_Brave_Little_Toaster (1987). He got his first real break as a regular on TV's Saturday_Night_Live, where his characters such as Tommy Flanagan of pathological Liars Anonymous, the great Shakespearean ham Master Thespian, and the Devil himself became quite popular. His stint on Saturday_Night_Live put him in demand as a character actor and television guest star. His friendship with director Penny_Marshall helped him get roles in some of her earlier films such as Big (1988), and his role as the fast talking baseball recruiter Ernie "Cappy" Capadino in Marshall's A League of Their Own (1992) earned him widespread acclaim. Lovitz has also appeared as a guest voice on the TV animated show The_Simpsons and played lead voice in the critically-acclaimed animated show The_Critic on ABC and the Fox Network.