Comedy Caravan brings the laughter
Thursday, January 09, 2014 10:00 AM
The Opal E. Sherman Auditorium doesn't look a comedy club, but three comedians will take the Madison Consolidated High School stage for a fundraising event.
"FUNdrai$ing with Laughter," a traveling comedy show, is coming to Madison Consolidated High School Jan. 18. Money raised by ticket sales from the show will go toward the fine arts program.
The traveling comedy show, advertised as being friendly for audience members 14 and older, will feature professional comedians Mack Dryden, Jacob Williams, Billy Goldsmith and someone from the school.
Dryden will be the evening's headliner. The "Tonight Show" veteran was also one of the original writers for the HBO Bill Maher program, "Politically Incorrect" and has been a professional stand-up comedian for more than 30 years.
The feature act on the show will be "America's Got Talent" semifinalist Jacob Williams. The 25-year-old comedian has been featured on "The Bob & Tom Show," "Wild n' Out" and "Nick Cannon Presents."
Goldsmith, a retired teacher and football coach, will be the emcee for the evening.
Madison Consolidated Junior High School teacher Greg Ison will also perform a five-minute set during the show.
"The original idea was to have students vote, but as we were talking through setting that up students and teachers kept saying Greg (Ison) would be perfect," said Jeff Day, one of the local directors for the program. "The junior high students love him and many high school students who had him were saying the same thing, so we made the decision to ask Greg if he would be willing to help us out and he said he would love to."
Tickets are on sale at the River Valley Financial Bank on Clifty Drive for $10. Tickets will be $12 at the door.
Day said this is the first show, but the goal is to have more if sales are good.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.