Laughs for Life – Stand-Up for San Francisco Suicide Prevention

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) will host “Laughs for Life – Stand-Up for San Francisco Suicide Prevention,” a rollicking evening of side-splitting comedy at the legendary St. Regis San Francisco. The event stars locally celebrated comics Nathan Habib, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Diane Amos “The Pine-Sol Lady,” and features Lisa Geduldig – of “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy” fame – as the night’s jovial MC. This radiant gala marks the 51stanniversary of the nation’s oldest volunteer crisis line.

In 1962, San Francisco Suicide Prevention opened its services in a Tenderloin hotel with six volunteers, all personally trained by Bernard Mayes, the agency’s founder. Thirty calls were received during the first month alone.  Now the agency receives nearly 200 calls a day, saving lives phone call by phone call. Since the agency’s inception, the San Francisco suicide rate has dropped by half.

In honor of SFSP’s 51 years of success and support, the gala will celebrate with famed comedians and host a Silent Auction, inclusive of a lunch for four with Mayor Willie L. Brown, amongst other desirables. The comic relief for the night boasts the below list of outstanding talents.

NATHAN HABIB is one of the youngest comics in the business. His material is intelligent and performed with an awkwardly confident flair. Born in Belgium and raised in Palo Alto, Nathan was brought up in a Jewish Israeli household with a Latvian mother, an Italian-raised dad and two older brothers giving him plenty of experiences to talk about. Nathan graduated from UC Santa Cruz last year.

DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN is a stand-up comic, story-teller, and TV host. She grew up in the Deep South, was raised by Indian immigrants and is a proud nerd and graduate of MIT.  She is a favorite at corporate events as well as festivals including the SF Sketchfest where she has performed twice. Dhaya has appeared at the Boston Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy festival. She is a frequent story-teller on NPR’s “Snap Judgment.”

DIANE AMOS is a San Francisco-based actress and comedian who had a unique upbringing: she was raised in a household with two lesbian mothers, one African-American and one Jewish.  Diane is celebrating her 20th anniversary in national commercials as The Pine Sol Lady. She was a semi-finalist in Star Search, has been on A & E’s “Evening at the Improv,” Lifetime’s “Girls’ Night Out,” and Comedy Central’s “Women Aloud.” She is the mother of two and the wife of one.

LISA GEDULDIG is a San Francisco-based comedian and comedy producer. She is the creator, producer, and MC of “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy,” a Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant (which celebrated its 20th anniversary last December) as well as other innovative comedy shows including “Funny Girlz: a Smorgasbord of Women Comedians,” “The Color of Funny: a Multicultural Comedy Show,” “A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion,” and the monthly “Comedy Returns to El Rio.”

The celebration will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd Street at Mission. Tickets are selling for $250 each or $2,000 for a reserved table of 10, include dinner and a drink, and can be ordered at 415/288-7106 or on www.sfsuicide.org.