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Oswego Lions Club presents its 16th Annual Comedy Night

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Jamie Lissow and warmup Shaun Murphy on February 1 at the American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.

Doors will open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs,” said Steve Jurivich, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fund-raiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one.”

The event is a major fund-raiser for the local service organization.

This fund-raiser helps to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Jamie Lissow
Jamie Lissow

Proceeds from past events have helped to support Make a Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, The ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, and Habitat for Humanity, to name just a few.

This year, the adult-themed comedy night will show case Lissow, a native of Rochester.

He graduated from Fredonia State with a degree in mathematics and psychology.

He then decided to abandon his plan of becoming a lawyer, and enter the world of stand-up comedy.

He began turning heads right away.

A few years later, after working many treacherous road gigs and college shows, he was invited to audition for the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival; The Just For Laugh’s Festival, where he earned himself a spot in Montreal’s Festival, 2001.

At Montreal, interest in Lissow continued to grow.

His appearance at the festival was a huge success, getting him a mention in the “Hollywood Reporter” and the “Variety” magazine the following week.

Since Montreal, his career continues to soar.

He’s made appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, has a half hour special currently running on Comedy Central, and continues headlining at the nation’s top comedy clubs.

He has made more than 50 appearances on Fox News Redeye, and is currently working on a new television show with Rob Schneider.

Lissow has been called, “The best writer since Seinfeld,” and “Adam Sandler without the guitar.”

Shaun Murphy
Shaun Murphy

Warmup Murphy has performed in many clubs and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada; he has won Buffalo’s Last Comic Standing and was a semi-finalist in the first New York Comedy Contest in 2009.

“The performances of Lissow and Murphy promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chair of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at the following locations: Cakes Galore and More, Oswego Auto Parts, Inc. (NAPA), DeVine Designs by Gail in Fulton for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can contact Pelton at 343-1394 or visit http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/oswegony/

The Lions Club will provide complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar will also be available by the American Foundry.

“We look forward to another great crowd and another wonderful event that benefits the many great causes the Oswego Lions Club supports,” said Jurivich.

The Lions Club has made available to local businesses and the public, an opportunity to purchase a reserved table.

The table includes reserved seating for 10 people and recognition in our press releases and the night of the show.

Tables can be reserved by contacting Pelton at 343-1394.

The Oswego Lions Club is also encouraging new members to join the organization, and those interested in more information about joining should contact Bob Bateman, membership chair, at 343-9866.

Established in 1917, Lions International consists of 45,000 Lions clubs worldwide with a membership of 1.4 million volunteers.

Local chapters of the club are committed to serving the disabled, including those with visual impairments, hearing loss and other handicaps.