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‘Veterans Comedy Night’ brings laughs to the Wray Theater

Rio Hondo’s Veterans Club hosted their seventh annual “Comedy Night” in the Wray Theater on Nov. 5.

The doors opened at 6 p.m. and comedians took the stage at 7 p.m., with acts ending at 10 p.m.

“Veterans Comedy Night” was in honor of America’s veterans and all the hard work they put into saving our country.

The comedy night was open to the public with tickets being sold at the door for $10.00.

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Before entering the theater guests were able to buy raffle tickets, give donations, and purchase food and drinks. The proceeds would be given to the veterans club so they could purchase the planned Rio Hondo College Veterans Memorial bench.

During the intermission of the show, the audience was invited to go outside to enjoy delicious food from Restaurant Tijuana. Tacos, churros, and drinks were all available for attendees to purchase.

Jack Valenzuela, the President of the Veterans club, was there to offer everyone a helping hand during the course of the night. He was also an announcer for the show introducing veterans and the comedians.

Benny Mena was the host of the comedy night, and is also a well-known comedian.

Mena achieved third place in the Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition, took part in the Latino Laugh Festival, and has also been on a few TV shows.

Along with Mena, several other comedians were on hand such as Hector Gonzales, Vincent Oshana, Roger Rodd, Aida Rodriguez, Mel Austin, Tobe Hixx, and Robert Robledo.

All eight of these humorous comedians had their own unique acts that were definitely not suitable for young children.

Many topics featured in the acts included racism, gender, weight, siblings, and even their very own children.

All of the acts were extremely hilarious as they had the crowd laughing the entire duration of the show.

Gonzales was the only comedian of the night to be a part of Rio’s faculty staff and went on stage second, as he hilariously lightened up the crowd.

Gonzales has also published a book entitled, “Flying Blue Tacos”, which includes playful, funny stories that many Mexican-Americans can relate to.

The Veterans Club did an amazing job organizing the event and hopes to keep it going for many more years.

The comedy night was successful in honoring and raising money for veterans.

It was also most definitely a great way for people to get out, have a good laugh, and support a great cause.

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