The Irish House will host the fifth annual “Side Splitting Sleigh Ride of Insanity” Friday (Dec. 5) with local comedians in an effort to collect for Toys for Tots.
For more information, see the following press release:
The Side Splitting Sleigh Ride of Insanity benefiting Toys for Tots
The 5th Annual Side Splitting Sleigh Ride of Insanity benefiting Toys for Tots will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 at The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave. The show features nationally performing stand-up comedian RedBean, along with local favorites J.D. Sledge (Voted #1 Local Comic in Gambit’s “Best of 2012”), James Cusimano, and special guest Jonah Bascle. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 with an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, or $15 with no toy.
Toys for Tots
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.
About the Comedians
BAD BOY REDBEAN is a heavyweight comedian who delivers knockout punch lines. Born in New Orleans, RedBean’s personality fits perfectly with his 450-pound frame. A popular stand-up comic in New Orleans for the past several years, after Hurricane Katrina RedBean set out on the comedy stages of the country and is leaving a vapor trail of laughter where ever he touches down. RedBean is easy to love and impossible to ignore.
J.D. SLEDGE was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has appeared at such well-known venues as the House of Blues, Boomtown Casino, Treasure Chest Casino, The Howlin’ Wolf, Republic New Orleans, Le Chat Noir, Seven Ten Lounge in Chicago, and Houston’s Laff Stop. J.D. has an unmistakable style of delivering smart, relatable humor that can best be summed up in 3 words: intense, intense, and intense! J.D. is a long-standing member of the New Orleans comedy community and the co-producer of The Comedy Fusion Revival Tour.
JAMES CUSIMANO is a native New Orleanian comedian/actor/writer who has performed at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, Republic New Orleans, The Howlin’ Wolf, Boomtown Casino, Le Chat Noir, and The Varsity Theatre in Baton Rouge. James has appeared with WGSO 990 AM’s Jeff Crouere on Politics with a Punch as a panel member. He made his stand up television debut in Aug 2009 on the show “Comedy Boil” with Tom Gregory airing on Cox Channel 4. He has also written for the satirical newspaper The New Orleans Levee. James is also co-producer of The Comedy Fusion Revival Tour.