Oswego Lions Club presents its 17th Annual ‘Roar with Laughter’

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Moody  McCarthy and warm-up Dan Mahoney, on January 31 at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St.

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

Moody  McCarthy
Moody McCarthy

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs, said Mike Henderson, 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.

Proceeds from the past fund-raising 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 Moody McCarthy.

McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, and Star Search.  He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

He began his career in his hometown of Syracuse in the 1900s.  Many who witnessed his early performances forecast stardom. He proved those people wrong.

After six years, McCarthy moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer. That has not happened.

But after 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.

With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

McCarthy has also appeared on ComedyTV, The Early Show, The Bob & Tom Show, MSG Network, Style Network, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, and CTV in Canada.

McCarthy has also appeared in many clubs such as the Comic Strip, Gotham, Dangerfields, Eastville, Hilarities, Helium, Absolute Comedy and Royal Caribbean.

He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and trained at Joanna Beckson’s Acting Studio. He has performed comedy in China and now speaks 3 words of Mandarin.

Moody McCarthy: few people hate him!

Warm-up for McCarthy is Dan Mahoney.

In his youth, on one of his countless visits to the principal’s office he was asked, “Mr. Mahoney….you’re back here again?  Do you think you’re some kind of comedian?”

Mahoney lives each day to answer that question with a resounding “YES.”

Mahoney is a great comedian and average actor.  His unique observational, rarely physical, always hysterical style has earned him industry acclaim and a loyal following.

He was a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight in 2009, in 2010 he was selected for the Purina Pet Comedy Challenge.

He was a semi finalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and a finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival NYC Showcase in August.

Mahoney has survived drinking, dating, corporate life and cancer.  He discusses these life experiences on stage at times through his unique brand of steady-paced, deliberate observations.

Remarkably, Mahoney does this all in English.

He lives between NYC and his hometown of Buffalo where he rarely refers to himself in the third person outside of a bio.

In 2013 he produced a weekly comedy show in the east village of Manhattan … three-year run.

He was a finalist in New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals, and is a veteran of clubs and corporate stages all over the country and Canada.

“The performances of McCarthy and Mahoney promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs, “said Chris Pelton, chairperson of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can contact Pelton at 343-1394 or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub

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

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

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.

The Oswego Lions Club is also encouraging new members to join the organization, and those interested in more information about joining should contact Jen Vivlemore, membership chairperson.