The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

February 16, 2013

Firefighters use stand-ups as fundraiser

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The fundraiser held on Saturday night for the Hope Fire Company of Northern Cambria was unlike any the fire hall has hosted before – it counted on the audience being “slain.”

For the first time, company trustee Mark Daisley brought an “Evening of Stand-Up Comedy” to the fire house along Philadelphia Avenue.

Daisley, who’s been a Hope firefighter for about 20 years, said he thought it would be a good way to mix up the fundraising schedule and make the night stand out for the event’s 21-and-over crowd.

“We always do gun raffles, car shows, we do a bass tournament on Father’s Day,” he said. “It’s about enjoying a night out.”

“It’s a real good idea,” said Ron Leconte of Munster, who’s never been to a fundraising event at the Hope Fire Company before.

“We like comedy – we read it in (The Tribune-Democrat) and decided we were going to come out for the evening and see what it’s like,” he said.

“I’d tell my friends to come, definitely.”

Double-headlining on the fire hall stage were Chuck Mignanelli of Pittsburgh, who’s appeared on Comedy Central’s “Crank Yankers” and opened for comedian Kevin James, and Larry DeFelice, best known as the “Elf in the Golf Cart” in a holiday-themed Circuit City commercial and for a string of one-man shows on the NYC comedy club circuit.

Both are on contract with Comedy Blast Inc., which organized the funny men for the fire hall benefit.

Opening comic DeFelice, who’s been on a small, dark stage telling jokes for about 12 years, said he was pleased with the crowd’s energy and enthusiasm.

“They’re drinking, which is a plus,” he said with a laugh.

Bar drinks were included in the ticket price and mixers were on hand for patrons who brought their own liquor. The full-service experience also included a dinner buffet, snacks and refreshments, DJ Tommy Gunnz for some aftershow rug-cutting and, of course, some laughs.

DeFelice said he’s no stranger to the benefit show.

“They’re the best shows – they’re the most fun,” he said. “People are out, they’re ready to have a good time, they wanna’ laugh, they’re drinking, they’re supporting the cause – good time.”

Tickets were $25 in advance and $30 at the door. At the end of last week, Daisley estimated the company was about 50 tickets away from selling out, although the demand was initially unclear.

“It’s been a crazy day,” he said. “We sold probably more tickets in the last week than we did in the last three or four weeks.

“Actually, it was a slow response at first. We were kind of hesitant about the whole idea.”

And that’s standard with most live entertainment ticket sales – the bulk of the seats are usually bought up in the last week by the last-minute types. The show ended up selling 250 out of 300 total seats.

“We’re hoping to make a couple thousand dollars – just (for) equipment purchases and general things we need to keep operating.”

To read stories in their entirety, visit one of these links:

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • Smith, Shakir Mosi Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Comedy night targets serious problem

    Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
    The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/19/2014

    April 18, 2014

  • Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. this morning.

    April 18, 2014

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    April 18, 2014

  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads