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Fritz Coleman gathers comic friends for Red Cross fund-raiser

October 20, 2001

Joyce Rudolph, Weekend

GLENDALE -- Channel 4 News weatherman Fritz Coleman is gathering his

funniest buddies to help entertain at a fund-raiser for the American Red

Cross.

The 11th annual Fritz Coleman Comedy Night will be at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Funds will go to local projects

of the Red Cross Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter, said Ron Farina,

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executive director.

"Fritz helps put this event together single-handedly by recruiting

some of the best local stand-up comics in the area," Farina said. "He is

always there himself to warm up the audience and get everyone in a spirit

of fun."

Proceeds from the $20 tickets support classes in first aid and CPR,

and volunteer training in disaster response as well as presenting

disaster preparedness information to the community at local meetings and

at the Red Cross center.

Topping the bill are Bobby Kelton, who has performed on TV and

Maryellen Hooper, who was voted Best Female Comic of the Year at the

American Comedy Awards.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, Coleman said, it's time for some

yucks.

"We are going to have coffee and doughnuts for the soul to lower the

tension a little bit," he said. "Humor gives us control over our fears.

We want to do that this year more than ever."

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Fritz Coleman Comedy Night.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale.

TICKETS: $20.

PHONE: 243-3121.

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