"Saturday Night Live" alumni and "Weeds" star Kevin Nealon will perform his stand-up comedy in a charity show March 29 benefitting HOPE Clubhouse in Lee County.
Tickets are now on sale at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., for the 8:30 p.m. show in the Caf Cabaret. A dessert reception precedes the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include two drinks and dessert, due to the sponsorship of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and its co-owners Will and Andrea Prather, who also is a member of the HOPE Clubhouse Board of Directors.
"We are so thankful to Kevin Nealon for agreeing to lend his considerable talent to our cause, said Debra Webb, executive director of Hope Clubhouse. "Because of the generosity of Kevin and our sponsors, every dime raised will go directly toward helping those living with mental illness in our community."
Nealon will be in town March 29 to introduce his mother Kathleen Nealon as one of the three Grande Dames honored by the PACE Center for Girls Lee County. Nealon's parents live on Captiva Island.
Nealon is one of the most recognizable cast members ever on "Saturday Night Live," having been part of the ensemble for nine years from 1986 to 1995. During that time, he created some of the show's most memorable characters, including "The Subliminal Man" and "Hanz and Franz." His recurring role as an anchor on "Weekend Update" made the sketch a show staple. In 1988, Nealon was nominated for an Emmy Award as part of the SNL writing team.
Nealon currently stars in Showtime's critically acclaimed series, "Weeds," which recently was picked up for a seventh season. The show was honored at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Golden Globes where it was nominated for "Best Television Series in a Musical or Comedy."
He also has appeared in more than a dozen movies, including "Just Go With It," which opened February 11, with co-stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, and Nicole Kidman. "Just Go With It" is a film about a man who enlists the help of a woman and her kids to land the woman of his dreams. Nealon stars as Adon, one-half of a plastic surgery-obsessed couple.
"Laughter truly is the best medicine, especially for those living with mental illness," Webb said. "That's why this comedy night with Kevin Nealon is the perfect opportunity to showcase our work."
HOPE Clubhouse is a model of rehabilitation for people living with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and clinical depression. HOPE Clubhouse opened its doors in March, 2010 and has 32 members. HOPE Clubhouse, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, fills a significant gap in the mental health system by offering opportunities for meaningful work, education, friendships and access to housing in a supportive, caring and dignified community setting.
HOPE Clubhouse is one of more than 350 clubhouse programs worldwide, based on the principle that meaningful work is critical in bringing positive change to the lives of those living with mental illness. Clubhouse staff help "'members," as they are called, develop work skills to enable them to return to productive employment in the community.
For tickets to the Kevin Nealon comedy night, call the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 239-278-4422. For more information about HOPE Clubhouse, call Webb at 239-313-6303, or log on at www.hopeclubhouse.org.