The State Theatre in Falls Church is a great venue!

State Theatre Interior

I stopped by the State Theatre the other day to meet with the director, and while I was waiting I took a quick shot of the interior with my iPhone.  The drummer for Almost Queen was practicing (deafening), but I was thinking what a great place it is for a comedy show!
Not only that, the State Theatre serves delicious appetizers and desserts, which will all be free for you if you come to the NAMI of Northern Virginia Comedy Night with Jane Condon and Johnny Rizzo!
I have also collected some great raffle prizes and silent auction items.  Many gift certificates for area restaurants, and other surprises.
So, buy your tickets at http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/14971/nami-fundraiser and be there at 6:30PM for a great night out!

 

 

 

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Praise for the 2011 NAMI of NoVA Fundraiser at the State Theatre

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Jeanne Comeau, Paula Butturini, Kathy Conklin & Jane Condon at last year’s NAMI NoVA Fundraiser at the State Theatre

 

Last year’s event was wonderful and had some great feedback from guests. Here are some of the comments:

PRAISE FOR JANE (AND FRIENDS)

STATE THEATRE, FALLS CHURCH, VA/ FEB. 7, 2011

FUNDRAISER FOR NAMI NOVA

(National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Virginia)

Produced by Kathleen Tyler Conklin (ktylerconk@gmail.com)

Opening act, Author, Paula Butturini, (paulamb51@gmail.com)“Keeping The Feast”

Headliner, Jane Condon, (jcondon4@aol.com)

Writer of “Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained”

Was great to see your gig and it really hit home in a very important way.

Thanks for sharing your empowering message.

                                                            –Nisha Nachiar Money (USAF Major)

Great show tonight for NAMI Northern VA.

You made me laugh and you made me cry.

                                                            –Sheila Stackpole Rabaut

It was a funny, laugh out loud show, and a moving, poignant show.

I admire your zest for life, your generosity of spirit, and your thoughtful

and intelligent approach to comedy and life.

                                                            –Ricki Helfer (former head of FDIC)

Fantastic performance last night at the NAMI fundraiser.

As always, you hit the mark—and this time—with SUCH balance

between life’s comedies and struggles.

Craig Ferguson sold out Carnegie Hall twice.

Look forward to seeing you there, too.

                                                            –Diane Carroad

Gee, I didn’t know what I was getting into!

You were absolutely spectacular—taking us from high to low to high

again with such wonderful wit and seamless delivery.

As they say, truly awesome.

                                                            –Anne Neal

Spectacular! You were unforgettable in a brilliant piece with so many layers

I cannot keep count. But I was mesmerized, moved, entertained,

taken back, taken forward and taken within.

Thank you for doing this for NAMI.

                                                            –Ellen Gill Miller,

                                                               Stonebridge Associates

It was a sensational event, and you were magnificent.

                                                            –Nell Minow

You were great.

                                                            –Deborah Tannen

Not only very funny but terribly moving.

                                                            –Susan Kinsley

Amazed at your 80 minute brilliant, touching, and hilarious performance.

Now that’s endurance! It doesn’t get any better!! One of the things I loved most about your show is how you quietly and repeatedly honored marriage and

your husband Ken.  It was beautiful. Few people in the entertainment industry do that or even care about it. It was a powerful theme as a backdrop to your humor.

                                                            –Carlie Dixon

Jane, you are wonderful. I saw your Raw and Unchained performance

for NAMI NOVA this week—one of my best evenings in years. I am a

1964 Wellesley graduate and the lady who told you about McLean

at the end of your performance. My friend told me that you reminded her

of herself. I, for different reasons, felt the same way.

I think that connection is the basis of comedic genius.

Again, thank you for not only a funny evening, but a poignant evening.

You are the best and you really connect.

                                                            –Wendy Dawson

It was a pleasure seeing you in action. I admired the craft and flow of your

writing and your heart-wrenching honesty.

                                                            –Sam Horn

I must say I was deeply moved by your performance.

(I didn’t want to be in the pictures ‘cause I thought the tracks of my tears

would show.) And I laughed very much. That’s really hard to accomplish,

but you did it. Go girl!

                                                            –Angela Lancaster

Kathy, Janie, Paula,

Thank you again for all you did to make this night the success it was.

Your stories, Janie and Paula, are so incredibly touching, and so brilliantly told I am thankful for the evening, not only for NAMI’s sake but my own.

Your stories are important for the world to hear.

And you tell them in ways that connect.

Thank you, Kathy, for bringing Janie and Paula

to all of us in Northern Virginia!

Jeanne Comeau (jcomeau@naminova.com

Executive Director, NAMI NOVA

(National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Virginia)

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Aloha Kathy,

BRAVO!!! What a fabulous evening; the setting performers, food, drinks, and services were first class. I had a wonderful time…NAMI is a much needed and worthwhile program, and kudos to you for supporting this organization.

No doubt the benefits gained from producing last night’s event will impact our generation, and generations to come.

                                                            –Judith Sorenson

A Little About Comedian Johnny Rizzo

Johnny Rizzo

Part old school (think Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye) intertwined with his own unique observations on everyday life, Johnny Rizzo has been cracking up audiences around the country for over 30 years.  Born in raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Johnny cut his comedy teeth in some of the most hallowed clubs in New York City, including Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s and The Comic Strip.  Before long, Johnny was opening all over the country for superstars including Jay Leno, Richard Belzer, Dennis Miller, Tommy Chong, Joan Rivers, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Ray Charles, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Mamas and the Papas, Pat Cooper and Henny Youngman.

Johnny Rizzo

Johnny has headlined across the country at The Bitter End in NYC, the Borgota Casino in Atlantic City, the Riviera and Sun Coast casinos in Las Vegas and at all the major comedy clubs, including Madison Square Garden.  He has appeared on numerous television programs including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Fox’s 30 Seconds to Fame, A & E Comedy on the Road and The Joan Lunden Show. He also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement – Performance Artist, for the acclaimed CPTV comedy special, Hot Summer Nights.  He also hosted his own public-access talk and variety show, The Johnny Rizzo Show.

Johnny has also toured the country as part of Jim Labriola’s Night of 1000 Guidos comedy revue show.  He continues to perform hundreds of shows per year.  “I’m a road monkey,” says Johnny, “I’m paying off my car with jokes.”

Johnny Rizzo on the right

He has appeared in numerous television commercials and also appeared in feature films. Johnny is currently the host of ESOTERICA with Johnny Rizzo, a offbeat radio program now available for free downloads on iTunes.

Esoterica Archives

A Little About Comedian Jane Condon

Jane Condon

Comedian and mom JANE CONDON lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she’s still a nice person. She has two boys, otherwise everything’s fine. Since she’s from a blue-collar town (Brockton) in Massachusetts, she likes to make fun of Greenwich. She loves to tell stories about her adventures (mostly survival tales) with her boys.

Condon was named one of 10 Comedy Best Bets in Back Stage’s annual comedy issue (2001). She has appeared on ABC-TV’s “The View” and Lifetime TV’s “Girls’ Night Out” and FOX-TV’s series finale of “24.”

On Last Comic Standing

She won the Ladies of Laughter Contest in 2004.

She won Audience Favorite (NY) on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” In May 2011, Jane was the commencement speaker at Wellesley College (her alma mater). In May 2012, she spoke at the University of New Haven graduation.

In the Spring of 2011 she had her one-woman show JANIE CONDON: RAW & UNCHAINED playing nightly for several weeks at the St. Luke’s Theater just off Broadway in New York City.  This was the same show that friends of NAMI saw in Falls Church in February 2011.

NAMI of Northern Virginia is so lucky to have Jane as an avid supporter!

Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained

Off Broadway in Janie Condon: Raw & Unchained