Rick Najera & the ICU (Intensive Comedy Unit) Comedy Benefit

Friday May 18, 8pm @ The Montalban Theatre

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2012)

This Friday, May 18th, friends of award-winning writer/comedian Rick Nájera will come together to celebrate ‘familia’ with a special live comedy benefit. The show stars Hollywood’s top comedic performers including Johnny Sanchez (MADtv, Happy Feet), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911, Comedy Central), Jill-Michele Melean (Nickelodeon, Comedy Central) and Rudy Moreno (Showtime). Special guests Fernando Carrillo and Rafael Agustín will introduce and host the show.

On March 3rd, Nájera was critically injured in an accident and suffered head trauma that left him two weeks in the ICU. As Hollywood held its breath, an enormous outpouring of love and support from family and friends in the industry and community emerged. Nájera’s recovery was nothing short of a miracle. Even his doctors were surprised, especially as his humor began to shine through from the dim halls of the ICU.

Najera is one of the most well-known sketch comedy writers in Hollywood and honored as 100 Most Influential Latinos in America. He has written for TV shows such as MADtv and In Living Color and directs CBS’ Annual Sketch Comedy Showcase each year. He penned the feature film, Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing and John Leguizamo, and is best known for his award-winning comedy franchise, Latinologues, which ran on Broadway and has showcased more than 150 actors.

To give thanks and to celebrate the recovery, friends of Rick Nájera cordially invite you to experience a special evening of comedy as we celebrate a second chance for Rick Nájera and a chance to celebrate our community through comedy, the best medicine of all.

Special invited guests include actors Tony Plana, Lupe Ontiveros, José Yenque, Marco Antonio Regil, Kiki Melendez, Yvette Yates, Yvonne de la Rosa, Karina Nuvo and many more.

Rick Nájera & the ICU (Intensive Comedy Unit) Comedy Benefit will be held Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre,1615 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028. The show is produced by Rafael Agustín and Juan Rafael Hernández, with the support of the Montalbán Foundation. Tickets are available for $30 presale or $35 at the door and can be purchased at Tix.com under “Rick Nájera& the ICU.”

Secure tickets online: http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=465297

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/240189892745752/
For more information, visit www.ricknajera.com.

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Dawn Page 310-896-1555, [email protected]