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Long Island Comedy Festival In The Hamptons Benefits Last Chance Animal Rescue

Originally Posted: August 15, 2011

Founder of Last Chance Animal Rescuse Whitney Knowlton and Executive Producer of Long Island Comedy Festival and performer Paul Anthony. (Eileen Casey)

LCAR volunteer and business owner Jason Neimark, Brandy Glatt, and Tim Burke of 230 Elm Street in Southampton. (Rob Rich)

Southampton - Do you like to laugh? Well, we all do, and although the proceeds from this event will benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue (LCAR) which rescues dogs from kill shelters - and that is certainly no laughing matter - the comedians who kept everyone roaring at 230 Elm Street in Southampton on Thursday, August 11, 2011, made sure everyone's face hurt from grinning with laughter.

The Executive Producer of the Long Island Comedy Festival, Paul Anthony who acted as host - and performed - is a regular at the new Comedy Club @ Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, as well as comedy clubs in NYC. His observational humor about everyday life is as appealing as it is funny, particularly his imitation of "American Idol" contestants.

The always charming Tim Burke graciously donated the 230 Elm Street space in Southampton for the evening, and along with Anthony, three well known male and one female comedian took to the stage to keep the laughter rolling.

Comedians Mick Thomas, Tim Krompier, Carie Karavas, Chris DiStefano and Paul Anthony bring humor to the Hamptons. (Rob Rich)

Chris DiStefano is a high energy comic with rapid-fire delivery who can be found performing nearly every night of the week at one of NYC's top comedy clubs including Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club and Caroline's on Broadway doing his impersonations of recognizable characters. His take on family members, particularly his mother's beau is simply delightful, and his retelling of interaction with his cousins is funny and immediately recognizable to those plagued with off-beat relatives.

Brenda Giufurta, Gina Larucci and Ann Marie Horan are all smiles. (Rob Rich)

Irishman Mick Thomas, who now resides on Long Island, has appeared in numerous NYC comedy clubs, and has spent the last two years touring the country talking about his life in America and sharing stories from the Emerald Isle. He is a regular to radio and has opened for Jim Jeffries and Norm McDonald. It is unusual when one can turn a horrific car accident into a side-splitting funny story and Thomas is certainly gifted with the Irish knack for seeing the pathos in all aspects of life.

Tim Krompier (born and raised on Long Island, who now travels across the country performing his original autobiographical style of comedy) is also a comedy writer for United Stations/Launch Radio Networks. This comedian offered a brutal, honest and hysterical look at marriage, fatherhood and the adjustments that are required.

Headliner Carie Karavas (who has performed in Atlantic City and Las Vegas) is a tough, straight shooting, wise cracking comedian who established an immediate rapport with the audience. Her observations on marriage and motherhood late in life is as raw, real and funny as it is refreshingly honest. This attractive lady kept guests open jawed with tears running down their faces from laughter - particularly when discussing her grandfather.

Charles Regensburg, Lauren Arpel and Brad Boles enjoy the evening. (Rob Rich)

This summer marks the sixth anniversary of the Long Island Comedy Festival whose mission is to promote the art of live stand-up comedy by having shows on Long Island year round. According to Anthony, "Working with a diverse list of over 100 comedians gives us the ability to customize a comedy showcase for any audience." Kudos and thanks to both Anthony and the comedians for bringing stand-up comedy to the Hamptons for both a reasonable price and a worthy cause.

Sunaiyna Yadav and Gunid Somaya enjoy a chuckle. (Rob Rich)

The wonderful and dedicated work of Last Chance Animal Rescue is well known in the Hamptons, particularly with tireless founder and local Southampton business woman Whitney Knowlton urging everyone to consider adoption or at least fostering a rescued animal. Her devotion is nothing to laugh at, and along with volunteers, deserves a never ending round of applause. This is a charitable, not-for profit organization created to rescue and save the lives of animals located in "kill" facilities, as well as to underwrite the costs of relocating them to "no kill" facilities here on Long Island in hopes of finding them a forever family. The organization "works with local veterinarians for spay-neuter/medical services until permanent placement is secured into a pre-screened loving home. The work of LCAR is never-ending, and Knowlton and gang make sure these animals are not forgotten.

While dogs and cats will always bring a smile to your face, these comedians made sure you had something to chuckle about while enjoying a fun filled evening in the Hamptons, however, when the laughter stops LCAR hopes guests will consider the plight of some very beautiful and needy animals that will keep you laughing and smiling forever.

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Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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