13th Annual Holiday Giggle in Chicago 12/09/15

13th Annual Holiday Giggle in Chicago 12/09/1513th Annual Holiday Giggle at Joe’s Bar in Chicago on December 9, 2015

Comedians for Communities to Raise $25,000 for 10 Different Local Charities

(Chicago, Ill.) – For the thirteenth year, Mikey O Comedy is pleased to present another “Comedians for Communities” event, the Holiday Giggle, on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. This evening of laughter, music, and giving will bring together ten local Chicago comedians, each to raise money for ten local charities, for one night only. Each comedian will donate their time, and 100% of the profits will go directly to the charities involved. For the past eleven years, this event has sold out raising a net profit of $25,000, divided between the ten participating charities, giving each charity $2,500 after the event.

A Holiday Giggle Cocktail will be sold in a commemorative cup for $10 throughout the evening. The Executive Director of each charity will guest-bartend every half-hour throughout the event, and the proceeds of each Holiday Giggle Cocktail sold by each Executive Director during their shift will benefit their charity. The Holiday Giggle Cocktail is a Ruby Red Paloma made of a tequila, ruby red grapefruit juice, soda, and lime.

Tickets for the 13th Annual Holiday Giggle may be purchased directly from the charities involved or online at http://mikeyocomedy.com/. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Cash food and beverage will be available at Joe’s, but no two-drink minimum is required.

This year’s comedians and their charities will include:

Jeanie Doogan https://twitter.com/jeaniedoogan is raising funds for Technocratic Center http://www.tlcchi.org/ where the mission is to help middle school students from underserved communities improve their academic performance through positive motivation, collaboration, and holistic learning by utilizing technology as a way to bridge the digital literacy divide.

Peter Kim https://twitter.com/peterkz is raising funds for Chicago Dia de los Niños http://www.chicagodiadelosninos.com/index.html which celebrates the traditional Mexican holiday of Children’s Day and annually awards Dream Scholarships to students.

Ken Garr http://kengarr.com is raising funds for Brighton Kelly Baseball http://brightonkellybaseball.org/ where the mission is to provide the ability for thousands of young children and teens to play the great game of baseball.

Ben Noble http://www.bennoblecomedy.com is raising funds for Youth Crossroads http://www.youthcrossroads.org/newsite/ where the mission is to act in the best interest of youth, guiding them through life’s challenges, and inspiring them to discover new opportunities for personal development, healthy relationships, and positive community involvement.

Gwen La Roka http://www.gwenlaroka.com is raising funds for La Casa Norte http://www.lacasanorte.org/ where the mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. They provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Deanna Ortiz https://twitter.com/deannaortiz is raising funds for Mujeres Latinas en Acción http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/ where the mission is to empower Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

Jim Flannigan https://twitter.com/jimmyflann is raising funds for Pilsen Neighbors Community Council http://pilsenneighbors.org/ where the mission is to develop new community leaders through leadership training to bring about civic engagement and action in Pilsen and Southwest areas of Chicago.

Aaron Sutherland https://twitter.com/weluvaaron is raising funds for Chicago Voyagers http://chicagovoyagers.org/ where the mission is to empower at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior.

Paul Farahvar https://twitter.com/paulfarahvar is raising funds for Renaissance Social Services http://www.rssichicago.org/ where the mission is to find safe and secure housing for the men, women and families they serve, and to provide them with the services they’ll need to lead lives of health, dignity and stability. They prevent homelessness among those who are at risk, and help build stronger communities by fostering residential stability and supporting those they serve.

Soli Santo https://twitter.com/solicomedy is raising funds for BUILD http://www.buildchicago.org/ where the mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and wellbeing of their communities.


13th Annual Holiday Giggle


Joe’s Bar – 940 West Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60622


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

6:00 p.m. – doors open

6:15 p.m. – Mariachi Mexico Vivo entertainment

7:30 p.m. – comedy shows begin – two stages with two shows at the same time

9:00 p.m. – The Compadres of House – DJ and dancing


$25 donation – 100% goes directly to the charities involved

Attendees must be 21 and over

About Mikey O Comedy:

Mike Oquendo is the creator, producer and host of The Mikey O Comedy Show which produces over 80 shows a year in the Chicagoland area and across the country. Mike’s shows have been featured on WGN-TV, Telemundo, Univision, The TBS “Just for Laughs Festival”, People en Español, Broadway World and the Chicago Tribune. Mike productions have been seen in theatres in Florida, New York, and Connecticut. http://mikeyocomedy.com.