Rx Laughter Show Nov. 16 to Benefit UCSF Women's Health

October 22, 2002
News Office: Eve Harris (415) 885-7277

Special guest Rene Hicks will lead the line-up at Rx Laughter Nov. 16, an evening of comedy featuring top Bay Area talent that will benefit the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

Topical humorists Will Durst and Johnny Steele will join Hicks and Bob Sarlatte at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre at 8 p.m. Master of ceremonies will be Ron Feingold.

San Francisco-born Hicks, who Ms. Magazine called "outrageously funny," was the first African-American woman nominated for an American Comedy Award for best female standup comic. Hicks has promised the audience "a healthy heaping comedy meal, chock full of nutritious funny."

Durst, a five-time Emmy nominee and host and co-producer of the award-winning PBS series "Livelyhood," is also a regular commentator on NPR and CNN. The Los Angeles Times called Durst "a modern day Will Rogers." His fellow satirist Steele, known to radio and TV audiences in the Bay Area, started performing standup comedy in 1984. The Sacramento Bee characterized one of Steele's performances as "a tidal wave of social and political commentary." Bob Sarlatte, who appeared frequently on Late Night with David Letterman, also has worked as a national humor reporter for Entertainment Tonight.

Feingold will add custom-written "A Capella Comedy" to the mix. Also appearing will be the improvisation comedy team Deb and Mike.

The second annual event is presented by the Hospitals Auxiliary of UCSF Medical Center and the Auxiliary, UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. Dr. John Kerner, former chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a pioneer in women's health, will be specially honored.

Rx Laughter tickets at $25, $40 and $60 are available by calling (415) 885-7354.

Information also is available by emailing the auxiliary.

For more information about the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health call (415) 353-7481.

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