FCCFREE RADIO/Comedy Day 2016

LOGO36thFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: FCCFREE RADIO July 8, 2016 Telephone: 415-483-5855 Website: www.fccfreeradio.com Email: [email protected] Calendar editors see below

FCCFREE Radio to Broadcast LIVE from Backstage at the 36th Annual Free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, Sept. 18 Comedy Day goes LIVE worldwide when FCCFREE Radio provides a five-hour Internet broadcast. Hear all the gossip and live interviews of some the biggest names in Bay Area (and beyond) comedy.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Once again, San Francisco’s professional comedy community is pulling out the stops to bring laughter to Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 18th from noon to 5 p.m. FCCFREE Radio is once again a media partner for this long-standing event. Go to http://FCCFREERADIO.com to listen to the fun-filled live broadcast. The free event features 40 comedians on one stage in a non-stop marathon of laughter. For more information, visit the Web site at www.comedyday.com or call 415-820-1570. “We try to bring some levity to people’s lives and put a funny spin on the serious issues we deal with daily in the news,” said Debi Durst, Board President of Comedy Day. “Our goal is to make people forget about the economy, global warming, astronomical gas prices, questionable politics or other havoc for at least a day.” The complete cast of comedians will be announced in late August, and updates will be made daily to the ComedyDay.org Web site. Also on tap will be the annual Stand-up Comedy Legend Award, given each year to a comedian who has excelled at the craft of comedy, amusing multitudes of fans throughout their career. Past winners include Ronnie Schell, Michael Pritchard, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Enrico Banducci (impresario and former owner of the hungry i), Wavy Gravy, Frank Kidder, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, José Simon, Pat Morita, Pat Paulsen, Robin Williams and Will Durst. Who will be this year’s award winner?

FCCFREE Radio is home to more than 200,000 hours of original LIVE content that emanates from the plush studios in the Civic Center district of San Francisco. It features 50+ programs broadcast from two state-of-the-art studios. It’s a haven for Bay Area comedy fans as much of the programming features homegrown and visiting comedians. FCCFREE Radio also broadcasts music programming featuring the best indie, alternative, underground and other genres. The station has recently begun streaming its broadcast to smartphones on all 3G/4G networks using the Tune-In Radio app so listeners can take FCCFREE Radio with them everywhere.

Comedy Day founder Jose Simon’s dream of a free, open-air comedy celebration became a reality in 1981, and since that time, nearly three-quarters of a thousand of the world’s funniest comedians have performed gratis for more than a half-million happy people. Comedy Day has hosted many of the biggest names in stand-up, among them Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Chappelle, Greg Giraldo, Garry Shandling, Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Izzard, Dana Carvey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Paula Poundstone, Brian Copeland, Rob Schneider, George Lopez, Will Durst, Greg Proops, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Dana Gould, Tom Kenney, Dave Attell, Arj Barker, Brian Regan, Jake Johannsen, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Carlos Alazraqui and Father Guido Sarducci.

Comedy Day will arrange access to select comedians for media representatives seeking interviews and broadcast appearances. A media kit is available at http://www.comedyday.com/media.php. Acts are subject to change. Comedy Day is rated PG-13.

Other participating sponsors include NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Examiner, KGO News Radio 810AM, FCC Free Radio, FunCheap SF, San Francisco Park & Rec Department, Sylvan Productions.

Comedy Day is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) event that has turned into a long-standing tradition in San Francisco. Heavily supported by the leading Bay Area media companies, the event has attracted more than 60,000 attendees in a single day. Contributions to Comedy Day help in three ways:

1) Supporting the production of each year’s annual event; 2) Providing an outreach program presenting workshops teaching conflict resolution through the use of humor to Bay Area public schools; 3) Presenting comedic entertainment to other charitable organizations and patients at hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, homeless shelters and wherever people can use a good laugh.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.comedyday.com or call 415-820-1570.

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FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:

WHAT: San Francisco’s Comedy Day Sunday, September 18th Noon till 5 pm Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

1 Stage • 5 Hours • 40 Comedians • A Million Laughs • Absolutely FREE!

PERFORMANCE: Live entertainment (2016 performers TBA). Food and beverages vended.

Many celebrity comedians perform at Comedy Day. When in town and available, they support Comedy Day with a surprise appearance. We hope to have one or two of them back this year: Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho, Greg Proops, Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Father Guido Sarducci, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Durst, Tom Ammiano, Diane Amos, Eddie Izzard, Arj Barker, Kevin Meany, Kevin Pollak, Paula Poundstone, George Lopez, Rob Schneider, Mark Curry, Bob Sarlatte, and Jeanne Garofalo.

New in 2002 was the presentation of the San Francisco Stand-up Comedy Legend Award to Ronnie Schell and Michael Pritchard. Since then we have honored Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello), Enrico Banducci (impresario and former owner of the hungry i), Wavy Gravy, Frank Kidder, Rebecca Erwin Spencer, José Simon, Pat Morita, Pat Paulsen, Robin Williams and Will Durst. Who will be this year’s award winner?

WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 2016 from Noon till 5 pm.

WHERE: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

ADMISSION: FREE!

PHOTOS: High-resolution photos available at http://www.comedyday.com/media.php

PAST & PRESENT BENEFICIARIES Bay Area comedy fans, Bay Area hospitals, the S.F. Unified School District, School for the Arts, Rock Medicine/Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic, Boy Scouts of America, Oakland’s LoveLife Foundation, San Francisco Food Bank, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and others.

Media Contact: Barry Katzmann Phone: (510) 839-3280 Email: [email protected]

 

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