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COMEDY/MUSIC NEWS: Fun Lovers Unite! An Evening of Comedy, Music and Gun Sense Benefit Show Set for May 24 at Regent Theater in DTLA

FUN LOVERS UNITE! AN EVENING OF MUSIC, COMEDY, AND GUN SENSE CONFIRMS JONATHAN AMES, KURT BRAUNOHLER, JEANNE DARST, JOSH GONDELMAN AND OPEN MIKE EAGLE FOR ALL-STAR BENEFIT SHOW

Doors Open at 7pm Thursday May 24 at The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles; Proceeds Benefit Women Against Gun Violence

Tickets On-Sale This Friday, February 9, at Noon PST

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LOS ANGELES, CA (TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2018) – Comedians, writers, and humorists Jonathan Ames, Kurt Braunohler, Josh Gondelman Jeanne Darst along with musician Open Mike Eagle are the first performers confirmed to appear at the third Fun Lovers Unite! An Evening of Music, Comedy, And Gun Sense event at The Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday May 24. Doors open at 7PM EST and this is an all ages event. More fantastic performers will be announced soon.

Fun Lovers Unite! An Evening of Music, Comedy, And Gun Sense will benefit Women Against Gun Violence who have been working to reduce gun violence for twenty-five years, offering free educational programs and helping to pass some of the nation’s toughest gun laws. This event also celebrates and is happening on the day gun-violence victim Asher Montandon would’ve turned 50 years old. Tickets can be purchased starting this Friday at noon EST here: http://ticketf.ly/2rTHArU. We will also be offering a limited amount of free tickets for gun violence survivors via the WAGV.org website.

“The continued government inaction in the face of this series of ongoing tragedies is brutal and dispiriting, and I’m glad for any opportunity to help fight that injustice,” says Comedian Josh Gondelman. “In this case, it will be by getting onstage and talking to a room full of strangers about how cute my dog is.”

Fun Lovers Unite is just one example of the grassroots momentum across this country calling for gun sense,” says Maccabee Montandon, co-founder of Fun Lovers Unite! “The vast majority of Americans are in favor of common sense gun laws like expanded background checks. Music and comedy are powerful ways to reach people—and my brother Asher was an obsessive fan of both art forms, so this seems like the perfect way to celebrate his 50th birthday. We are incredibly grateful to the performers who will use their talents to bring people together.”

“Many gun violence survivors spend their time testifying in support of gun laws, lobbying in DC, sharing their painful stories in the hopes it will save a life — it’s emotional and difficult work,” says Hollye Dexter, Board Member, Women Against Gun Violence. “Being able to sponsor survivors to an evening of laughter and music will be a welcome relief. We are so grateful to all the comedians and artists who have agreed to perform.”

Each performer on the bill is donating their time to this life-saving cause and is proud to stand with other fellow comedians, artists, and musicians in solidarity to raise awareness for common sense gun violence prevention efforts and the elected officials who stand up for the safety of our communities.

WHAT: Fun Lovers Unite! An Evening of Music, Comedy, And Gun Sense

WHO:  Comedians and artists Jonathan Ames, Kurt Braunohler, Jeanne Darst, Josh Gondelman & musician Open Mike Eagle are confirmed to appear with more great performers to be announced in the coming months. Show page info here: http://www.funloversunite.com/events/

WHEN: Thursday, May 24.  Doors Open at 7:00pm

WHERE: The Regent Theater 448 S. Main St. Los Angeles, CA

INFO: Proceeds from Fun Lovers Unite! will benefit Women Against Gun Violence

General Admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of the event; VIP tickets are $100 and can be purchased here: http://ticketf.ly/2rTHArU

Follow Fun Lovers Unite! on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT FUN LOVERS UNITE!

This is the third live music and comedy event dedicated to raising awareness and action for common-sense gun violence prevention efforts and the elected officials who stand up for the safety of our communities. The event is being produced by friends Joshua Mills in Los Angeles and Maccabee Montandon and Kim Russell in Brooklyn; they are all parents of young children who want to do more to prevent gun violence in America. Josh felt sickened and then galvanized following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012. Mac’s brother, Asher, was murdered with a gun during an attempted robbery in Los Angeles in 1992. This live event is happening on the day of Asher Montandon’s 50th birthday. Kim survived a shooting in 1999 that took the life of her friend, Philip Rau. She now works to prevent the scourge of gun violence in America through policy reform and education.

ABOUT WOMEN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

Women Against Gun Violence was founded in 1993 by feminist author Betty Friedan and Los Angeles Police Commissioner Ann Reiss Lane. For twenty-five years, WAGV has stood up to the gun lobby, fearless in the fight, and has helped to pass some of the nation’s toughest gun laws. In addition, WAGV offers free educational summits and workshops in California to educate the public about guns, teaching them how to prevent gun violence in their homes and communities.

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For More Information, Please Contact:

Joshua Mills, It’s Alive! Media, 323-464-6314, Josh@itsalivemedia.com, www.itsalivemedia.com

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Women Against Gun Violence, Executive Director: Margot Bennett, 310-204-2348, mediarequest@wagv.org, 1040 Venice Blvd. #723, Los Angeles, CA 90034, www.wagv.org

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