Laughtastic 2008: Success

Left: Dr. Andrews and me at last year's Laughtastic Event.
The verdict: Last night's show was phenomenal.

Stats are in: 208 tickets sold, $511 in donations and raffle tickets. All told, this probably means about $2000 to the Mike Young Fund. As soon as I find out our most current total in the fund, I'll post it.

And the 50/50 raffle? Well, the winner of the drawing, Mike's friend from Penn, Mike Welch, gave his winnings back to the fund. Thanks again, Mike.

To see so many CSzers old and new, Nathan in the role that Mike wrote for himself back in 86... along with stand up comedians Doogie Horner and Steve Gerben (both of whom Host Don Montrey said I would LOVE and Holy ISH was he right)...

The Firing Sketch: "Too bad, Bob!"

The dedication to the "Ladies of N. P. R!"

Rowan and Hastings brought down the house yet again.

And ComedySportz? ComedySportz' 35 minute set for the Laughtastic show was once again SO high-energy, so filled with risk-taking offers and random crazy shit. A Kung-Fu Musical featuring Mary Carpenter doing cartwheels? need i say more?

I think since we included performers like Doogie and Steve (who never knew Mike) it took that heavy "memorial" feel out of the show... And that is a good thing, not a bad thing. It felt lighter, happier, quicker...

And PJ's entire giant family was there along with his friends. And (thank god) they had a BLAST! Let's be honest here... this could be really Effing WEIRD, right?

Like right now,shouldn't I be planning our May 2009 wedding? Instead, I have been too busy planning this tribute to my dead husband to have enough time to plan my wedding to my soon-to-be husband.
(...It's so wrong, isn't it? Don't worry. They're both laughing.)

Mike's nurse practitioner Judy from Jefferson was there, along with his occupational therapist, Ellen... both of whom worked with us day in and day out through the hell that was spring/summer 2006. SO many people that I love and who loved or cared for Mike - or who didn't know mike at all but wanted to support the event.

It is a lot work putting this event together... NOT the content of the show (the performers show up and make magic happen onstage), but the PR, marketing (anyone out there see one of my FaceBook Ads for the show? Ask PJ how nerdily excited I was about tracking the "impressions" and "clicks" on those puppies), assembling info for programs and publicity stuff, nailing down performers and their acts..

But somehow... after all the work and the madness that is our ONE (yes, one) and only tech run-through (one hour prior to curtain), it all just comes together. Right there on stage.

So, Next year? Will we do it again? How can we NOT?

I am, however, toying with a show date in late September instead of late August. POST-Fringe, POST-school-back-in-session. Pre-holiday push. Thoughts on that? performers? Show-goers?

I got a great note from Mike's old college buddy Andy's wife, Barb. She said that after every act she turned to her husband and said, "THAT one was my favorite... no no... now THAT one was my favorite."

And... what was YOUR favorite part of the show?

For those of you who have been concerned, Mike's tree is beautiful and in full bloom (See photo).


Random pics and vids from the house of Young and Gallagher

Laughtastic Sketchopalooza - coming up in less than two weeks... Check out the Stellar program that Amy from DiscMakers designed for us! As Susan said, "Hot Diggity!"

Show's going to kick booty. Get Tix HERE.

Speaking of Mike... his friend and longtime colleague, Jim, from Discmakers just uploaded a super extensive photo album of Discmakers photos dating back to 1996, including some of Mike. These shots are sooo great.

Seeing new footage or photos of Mike is such a gift. It's the rare opportunity to have a new memory of him, or a new experience with him.

At left: LONG haired Mike, circa 1998-99

At right: Mike hosts DMpalooza with Dre. Mike LOVED this event. He thought Dre was the coolest guy he would ever have the opportunity to know. As he put it, "He wears COWBOY boots... and still looks cool. Who does that?"

Below: Mike dressed up as a pregnant king for Halloween - probably 96 or 97. When this photo was taken, I was probably a 21 year old, studying abroad in france, chain smoking while eating brie. Crazy stuff.

And now... cause we haven't seen him in a while: Baxter Newland Young.

Cracking up PJ and me... like usual.

First: Bax's Jingoism comes out as he sings a patriotic lil' ditty -learned at daycare - in "Spanish"... his label, not mine.

Second: Baxter masters the concept of narrative structure. And superheroes kicking ass.

Finally: This lil video speaks for itself. Enjoy our gifted son.