A Special Evening with Jay Leno and Friends

Monday, June 24, 2019
Gil Cates Theater

Benefitting No Limits for deaf children and Geffen Playhouse
Hosted by Kathy Buckley
Warm Up Comics Fritz Coleman & D.J. Demers
Headliner Jay Leno

Jay Leno returns to the Geffen Playhouse for a one-night-only show to benefit No Limits for deaf children and the Geffen Playhouse’s Education and Community Engagement programs. A Special Evening with Jay Leno and Friends will take place on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. Kathy Buckley, “America’s First Hearing Impaired Comedienne,” will host the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with hosted bar prior to event. The performance will be open captioned.

Tickets are 95% tax deductible.



Meet The Artists

Jay Leno, television late-night show host, stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, voice-over artist and philanthropist, began his career in night clubs before earning widespread acclaim with his own late-night talk show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1992. By then, he had made a name for himself as a well-respected comedian due to his late-night television appearances: he made a record number of visits to Late Night with David Letterman and served as Johnny Carson’s permanent guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, eventually inheriting Carson’s seat when he retired. Leno’s final show as the host of The Tonight Show in 2014 featured Billy Crystal and musical guest Garth Brooks, along with a few surprise guests including Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow, Chris Paul, Carol Burnett and Oprah Winfrey. Leno’s CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage debuted in October 2015 and delivered CNBC’s most-watched first season in network history. Now enterting its fifth season, the show explores the world of cars and the real stories of the people behind the wheel. Leno is committed to using his talents to help those less fortunate. Each year, he hosts numerous benefit performances, including shows for those whose lives were devastated by the 9/11 tragedy, the tsunami in Thailand, hurricanes in the gulf, and the severe economic downturn in Detroit. He leads the annual Love Ride in California to benefit numerous humanitarian organizations serving people with autism, muscular dystrophy, and the Special Olympics, among many others. He has also served as honorary campaign chairman for several years for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Hollywood’s charitable arm, and he has assisted the Gender Apartheid campaign led by his wife Mavis with the Feminist Majority, helping to free Afghan women of Taliban tyranny, an effort for which Mavis and The Feminist Majority were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Kathy Buckley, Board Member and Spokesperson of No Limits, is a five-time American Comedy Award Nominee for Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne, and the winner of countless other awards for her work. Her television appearances include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Inside Edition, CNN, HBO, VH1’s Stand-Up Spotlight, Comic Strip Live, Evening at the Improv, and Caroline’s Comedy Hour. E! Entertainment named her one of the “World’s Most Intriguing Women.” In addition to comedy, Buckley starred in her own original award-winning PBS special, “No Labels No Limits.” Whether performing in a comedy club, appearing on television, speaking publicly, teaching at camps for children, or appearing in any number of other settings, Buckley bears her message that anything can be achieved when the heart and the mind work together. An active volunteer for No Limits, she dedicates every day of her life to the children and families of No Limits as its spokesperson and has raised more than $1,000,000 over the past 20 years. She is passionate about ensuring all deaf children have the ability to communicate and has dedicated herself to raising awareness for the children and families of No Limits. She has performed alongside No Limits children in theatrical productions nationwide, including sold-out performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall, sharing the message that anything is possible for deaf children.

Fritz Coleman is NBC4’s longtime weekday weathercaster and known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. Coleman has been named “Best Weathercaster” in nearly every major paper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register, the San Bernardino Sun, and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News. Coleman won a number of awards and honors for his dedication to community service. The City of Los Angeles named Coleman a “Treasure of Los Angeles” in 1999, and the United States House of Representatives gave him the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the American Red Cross. Coleman has also been honored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Salvation Army for his long-time commitment to the organization and his efforts as Christmas Fundraising Chairman and for chairing the annual Fritz Coleman Fair Weather Golf Tournament. He has utilized his humor in a number of series and specials that have aired on NBC4, including Fritz and Friends and The Perils of Parenting, receiving four Los Angeles-area Emmy Awards for his work. He has also written, produced, and starred in three one-man plays.

D.J. Demers is an award-winning stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles, California. He has performed all over North America, Asia, and even for the Canadian Army in the North Pole (that is true). D.J. was a fan favorite on season 11 of America's Got Talent, and earned glowing praise from Simon Cowell and the other judges. He has performed stand-up on Conan twice and was the winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. After winning the competition, D.J. was invited to perform at a TV taping, the first time that has happened in festival history. D.J. has released two one-hour stand-up specials, [Indistinct Chatter] and Uninterpreted. His jokes can be heard regularly on SiriusXM’s Laugh USA. He also wears hearing aids.

Founded in 1996, No Limits is a nationwide non-profit organization that teaches children with hearing loss the skills to succeed in school and in life through its national theater program and after school centers in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, NV, and Oxnard, CA. No Limits is the only program in the country that provides life changing, impact driven programs that help school-age children with hearing loss develop communication skills as well as teach parents the skills to be advocates for their child. To date, No Limits has produced over 120 theatrical productions in professional venues nationwide, including Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Kirk Douglas Theater, and the Neighborhood Playhouse. The Founder of No Limits, Dr. Michelle Christie, was honored as one of the 2017 CNN Hero as well as 2018 Hidden Hero of Chicken Soup for the Soul and UCLA's ELP Hero. No Limits has received countless accolades for its revolutionary techniques, including recognition as a Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Hearing Angel Award alongside President George W. Bush, and the George Washington Medal of Honor by the Freedom’s Foundation. No Limits has been the subject of four documentaries and been featured on OPRAH, The Learning Channel, PBS, CNN, NBC, and other local media outlets across the nation for its innovative and uplifting programming. For more information, visit nolimitsfordeafchildren.org.

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