|COMEDY COMPETITION STANDS UP TO DIABETES|
|News Releases - Local Events|
|Written by Chris Starman|
|Monday, 19 March 2012 07:37|
Davenport, IA Mar 6, 2012 – Iowa and Illinois comedians will raise money and awareness for the Eastern Iowa Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a night of standup comedy and competition in this year's Comedy For A Cause 3 - Last QC Comic Standing, April 13 at The Establishment Theatre. Tickets for finals will cost $10, with all proceeds going to support the Eastern Iowa JDRF.
For the third year, DubStar has called upon area comedians to lend a helping hand to the Eastern Iowa branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last QC Comic Standing is the area's only LOCALLY produced comedy competition. This year, the event injects a new level of excitement with thirty-six of the best comedians in the Midwest competing in three preliminary rounds for ten spots in the finals. Only one can be crowned Last QC Comic Standing and receive the cash and prizes. The three preliminary rounds begin this week at Rozz-Tox, in Rock Island, March 9 beginning at 8:00pm. The next two preliminary rounds will follow over the next two weeks, March 15 at The Pub in Davenport, and March 22 at Racer's Edge in East Moline.
The finals will be held Friday, April 13 at The Establishment Theater and will feature the top ten from the three preliminary rounds. The top ten will perform for local judges Tony Tone from the Red Hot Brian Scott & Tony Tone in the Morning on B100, Entertainment Editor for the the Quad City Times – David Burke, Local headlining comedian – Jim Petersen, and local retailer and JDRF parent – Bob Boyer. These judges will narrow the field from ten to three, and then name a champion. Tickets for finals will cost $10, with all proceeds going to support the Eastern Iowa JDRF.
“This year's event was meant to showcase the amazing comedic talent in the Midwest, and specifically the Quad Cities. Almost half of the comics are from right here in the QC,” says DubStar founder Tony Boyer. “We also wanted to bring the local comedy community together by using venues that have supported comedy after the loss of Penguin's. The Establishment, Rozz-Tox, Racer's Edge, The Pub, and others have been so helpful in cementing a home for local comedy.”
JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children and adults suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 25.8 million people in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes, with 7 million going undiagnosed.
DubStar is an amateur fundraising group founded in 2008 by Tony Boyer and Chris Starman; both have histories related to helping diabetics. DubStar’s mission is to make a positive impact on deserving charities or groups, through fun and unique ways; “Party With A Purpose”. In February, DubStar hosted Minute 2 Win It, a recreation of the popular TV game show that raised funds for the Quad Cities Autism Center. Additional information can be found at the DubStar website, www.facebook.com/DubStarQC.
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