FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE: A NIGHT OF COMEDY & MUSIC
with KARI ASSAD & FRIENDS
Kari Assad * Aida Rodriguez * Barbara Gray * Atsuko Okatsuka * Kennelia Stradwick * Danielle Arce * Tessa Vonderhaar * Eliza Grace * Marc Solomon * Akula * Will Huse
COST: $10 | TICKETS: 323-745-0495 or online HERE
Come join Not Your Mom's Charity show to celebrate Comedian Kari Assad's birthday with a variety show fundraiser for Refugee And Immigration Center For Education Services (RAICES)! This is a rough time and we need to keep ourselves lit by appreciating comedy, music, and helping out this amazing and VERY NECESSARY charity!
There will be music, original songs, and some DYNAMITE female comics! So please come down and help us reach our goal of sending as MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE to RAICES! It's $10 to enter (again ALL GOING to RAICES) but it will be a PRICELESS time of fun and helpfulness!
ABOUT THE CHARITY
The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. RAICES is the largest immigration non-profit in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
She is the birthday girl and the producer Not Your Mom's Charity Show! Kari Assad is an LA Comic! Kari Assad has a unique biting look on society. Having lived all over the United States and being the simple mix of Mexican, Lebanese, French and German- she has a crap ton to talk about! She's been seen on Marcella Arguello's Women Crush Wednesdays at the Hollywood Improv and will be on Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher at UCB Franklin on July 17th. She was a Finalist at the M.I. Westside's Showdown in Santa Monica and played the DC Comedy Festival. She also is the co-host of the hit podcast Lost It with Tessa Vonderhaar!
Aida Rodriguez is a new Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances, and charismatic personality. Making history as the first Latina to appear in two specials air in one month on both HBO and Showtime, Rodriguez was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his film “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro. In 2017, Coca Cola Global Women’s LINC Conference sponsored Rodriguez’s speech that modeled a TED Talk. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Fox Laughs, Nickelodeon Mom’s Night Out and Parental Discretion.
Barbara has been a writer for Billy on the Street and can be seen in Comedy Central's Corporate. She has toured all over the country and been a regular at festivals including Bridgetown, SF Sketchfest, and many more. Her popular podcast Lady to Lady boasts over 3 million downloads and her podcast Britney's Gram (where they only talk about Britney Spears' Instagram) is becoming an underground hit. See more at www.myjokesareuphere.com
Atsuko's comedy has been described by Margaret Cho as "a silent slow fart that fills up a room with laughter." She tours around the U.S. at colleges & universities as well as with Dis/orient/ed Comedy, the first ever all Asian, mostly female stand up comedy tour. She uses her whimsical sense of humor to comment on social and political issues and can often be found video-ing dogs she's fallen in love with. When she's not telling jokes on stage, she writes, produces, and acts in videos that have been featured on Elizabeth Banks's digital platform, WhoHaha, Buzzfeed, and MOCATV. She was most recently a Refinery 29 & TBS Riot Comedy Lab participant for her pilot, They Call Me Stacy. Oh, and look out for her in the upcoming second season of HBO's Room 104.
Born and raised in the “Blue Collar” city of Flint, MI this talented and driven Stand-up Comedienne, Actress, Host and Hampton University graduate has taken the Los Angeles entertainment scene by storm. Shortly after relocating from New York City, Kennelia Stradwick has performed all over Los Angeles, including venues such as The “World Famous” Comedy Store, Hollywood & Brea Improv, Ice House Comedy Club and Flappers Comedy Club, just to name a few. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Kennelia was a regular at The P.I.T. in NYC where she occasionally performed Improv sketches alongside other up and coming performers as well. Most recently, she was the morning Traffic Anchor on ABC10 (KXTV) Sacramento’s “Morning Blend”. A former on-air host on AfterBuzz TV Network; an online broadcast network created by E! Host Maria Menounos & Keven Undergaro. And is also a co-creator & host of “Happy Hour; A Shot of Conversation”; a podcast available on iTunes. She can also be seen on networks such as FOX, CBS & HULU, in numerous web-series, national commercials and print campaigns. As well as on DASH Radio’s “The No Flex Zone” show, alongside comedian/actor Flex Alexander & comedian Buddy Lewis.
Danielle Arce is a comedian and actor originally from Phoenix, Arizona now living in Los Angeles, California. She started doing stand-up comedy in 2011, and has performed in various venues all over the country as well as overseas in Japan and Australia. Her witty and sincere comedy is guaranteed to please. She's hard-hitting, real, and relatable, and always an audience favorite.
Tessa VonderHaar is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, singer. You may have seen her on Showtime's Shamless or ABC's The Middle. She's like any well behaved mid-western girl who got her BFA in Musical Theater and got the fuck out of there.
EIIZA had her initial start as a viral YouTuber at the age of only 16, based out of Richmond Hill, GA. After her cover of “Drown” by Bring Me The Horizon garnered over 4M views, she made her way across the country on a once in a lifetime cross country adventure, alone, to pursue the dream.
She is currently in studio with Marc Solomon, in Hollywood CA, and under Chango Studios management with Cameron Mizell. Writing, composing, and co producing a whimsical and cinematic record, capturing a combination of her roots as a post-hardcore artist, and the evolution of her nomadic self. The nostalgia of memories and closure in transparency, coming of age, and covering darker topics of self harm and fighting ones demons.
As she has quoted before, “everything I write is a note to self. It’s insane Claire for me. After I’ve written a dog I feel as if I have said all I have to say, and feel instant relief. Music is all about sharing” . All of her music is currently killin it on Spotify, iTunes, deezer, Shazam, and of course, YouTube.
Marc Solomon is an Audio Engineer/ Producer/Guitarist! He is an LA based studio owner, who has worked with many world renowned! He is originally from Florida but was trained in New York City!
Akula is a talented singer/songwriter hailing from Chicago. Akula is currently in the studio working on his first LP. With a BA in theatre, he is excited to share his musical talent with the world!
Will Huse is a talented singer songwriter actor hailing from Dallas, Texas. He has an acting degree from AMDA and has been seen in several professional musicals all over Los Angeles. He was recently Peter in "Jesus Christ Super Star" at the Landis Performing Arts Center in Riverside, CA. He also was in an original play, "Blowfish" at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre!