Rock Comic Mark Eddie recently hosted an event – Comics For The Cause – featuring a slew of great comedians, coming together for a great cause. With Special Guest Jay Leno, Tammy Pescatelli, Alonzo Bodden and John Heffron – the night benefited The SCV Youth Project. Read on for Mark’s overview and some great photos:

Jay Leno, Alonzo Bodden, Tammy Pescatelli, Mark Eddie, John Heffron, Comics for a Cause, SCV Youth Project

Alonzo Bodden, Jay Leno, Mark Eddie, Tammy Pescatelli, John Heffron

Mark on hosting “Comics for the Cause…”
Hosting is a totally different energy than just simply performing on a show. It’s the host’s responsibility to welcome everyone and set the stage for a fantastic comedy event. I thoroughly enjoyed it! We started the show a little late – so it was important to hit them hard and get the crowd laughing right away. Then, establishing a flow and moving the show along smoothly. What a magical night!

Jay Leno, Alonzo Bodden, Tammy Pescatelli, Mark Eddie, John Heffron, Comics for a Cause, SCV Youth Project

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Show Highlights…
The energy in the theater was very high. I remember thinking, “This crowd is ready to rock.” Suddenly, the lights dimmed and a Voice of God intro brought me up. “Ladies and gentleman, comic-singer-songwriter MARK EDDIE!” I did a 10-15 minute monologue up front then introduced the representatives from The Youth Foundation. Jerry Citarella and Kim Goldman took the stage, made a few remarks and thanked everyone for their support. JAY LENO was first on the line-up, and he totally killed! Then, after a short segue, I introduced ALONZO BODDEN. The Last Comic Standing Champion won the crowd over in moments and finished his set strong. I came back on stage and noticed the audience was energized and wanting more. Man, I was thanking Heaven that I have an A-game at this moment. I talked briefly about my kids and then brought up one of my favorite comedians, TAMMY PESCATELLI. Tammy’s a pro and her straight-forward style and shear likability shined through – the crowd loved her! JOHN HEFFRON closed the show with an amazing set. John came out with some new material and a few classic bits from his four Comedy Central Specials. The result was an audience in tears of laughter. I closed the show by thanking everyone for coming out and looking forward to next year – it’s going to be a tough one to top.

Comics for the Cause, Jay Leno, National Comedian, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

Jay Leno

Comics for the Cause, Alonzo Bodden, Comedian, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

Alonzo Bodden

Comics for the Cause, Tammy Pescatelli, Comedian, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

Tammy Pescatelli

Comics for the Cause, John Heffron, National Comedian, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

John Heffron

More about the Cause…
The Youth Project is an innovative, school-linked, nonprofit organization assisting at-risk adolescents in overcoming the challenges they face daily and avoiding behavior such as substance use, violence, unsafe sex, dropping out of school, bullying, peer pressure, depression, suicide, grief/loss, running away and then some. Their mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where at-risk teens and their families are strengthened, empowered and equipped with the tools they need to live successful and healthy lives. They intervene early, offering unconditional acceptance and COST-FREE service.

Comics for the Cause, Jay Leno, National Comedian, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

Comics for the Cause, Jay Leno, National Comedian, Tammy Pescatelli, Fundraising Event, SCV Youth Project

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