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Published January 11th, 2016
Lamorinda Laughter Coming to Town Hall Theatre's Comedy Night
Comedian Regina Stoops. Photo provided

Town Hall Theatre will be featuring a very special Comedy Night on Jan. 19, hosted by Lafayette's Special Education Enrichment and Development program.
The headliner for this event is funny lady Regina Stoops, a local stand-up comedian living in Pleasanton, who shares her insights on subjects familiar to many in Lamorinda - kids, schools, sports and parenting, among others.
According to her website, Stoops was born and raised in a town called Normal, though her humor is anything but. Stoops has her own unique perspective on what most might consider the mundane details of ordinary life: raising three boys, being married (or not), aging parents, health care, navigating the world of special education, minivan motoring and the grocery store.
Stoop's comedic ramblings take a look at an ordinary life and redefine what it is to be normal. The journey of a "Catholic, democratic, lesbian, stay-at-home soccer mom with an autistic son" living in the suburbs provides endless entertainment along the way. As she says, "There is just not enough room on my bumper for all that."
Also performing will be Sammy Obeid who has appeared on TV shows such as "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" and "America's Got Talent."
SEED is a Lafayette 501(c)(3) organization that provides a wide range of support and resources to families of children with special and diverse learning needs, as well as training programs for educators who work with these children. The programs SEED has funded or currently funds include recess facilitation, after school social skills play groups, educational seminars, support groups and socials for parents and teacher training.
This is SEED's first ever comedy night and board president Elsa Troy-Slovik is excited about the opportunity for the community at large, not just the special education parents, to support this cause.
"We are looking for funds right now to bring another high-profile speaker in the fall for our parent education series." She says that Stoops is hilarious in a way to which a lot of parents in Lamorinda will relate. "She has routines on waiting in the pick-up line at school or volunteering at school."
SEED board member Kenny Tuckerman adds that SEED is hopeful people understand no connection to the special needs community is necessary to enjoy this comedy night. "Sammy Obeid isn't a parent (as far as I know) and his comedy routines aren't about parenting. Regina's comedy does touch on life as the mom of a son on the autism spectrum but she also does a
lot of general parenting humor routines so the evening should have a broad appeal."
He says he has been telling people that if they like to laugh then come laugh with them and benefit a great organization like SEED at the same time.
Stoops herself says, "I am happy for the opportunity to help SEED with this fundraising event. Take a break, have a laugh and help out a local organization doing great things for the special needs community."
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19. Tickets can be ordered online at seedlafayette.org for $25 or purchased at the door for $35.

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