Comedy for Charity

Event Features Jeanne Robertson While Saving Gil

At this year’s Comedy for Charity event, held March 29 at The Fox Tucson Theatre, humorist Jeanne Robertson will bring the laughs with hilarious humor based on her life experiences. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Saving Gil. Gil is a mixed Lab who has a compelling story of resilience which is an inspiration to everyone.

Gil was shot with a shotgun and paralyzed in the hindquarters. He was rescued by Tucsonan Nancy Young Wright, a caring pet lover. Wright was recently recognized by the Humane Society of the United States for her work with Gil and other dogs.

Speaking to thousands of people annually, Robertson utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. Other speakers might be as witty as Robertson. Some might even be as tall. (Bare-footed with her hair “mashed” down, she’s 6’2” in her size 11 stocking feet.) But nowhere will you find a speaker so adept at turning personal experiences into humorous presentations that do more than elicit laughter.

This Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant uses her down-home Southern drawl to leave her audiences laughing and thinking about her message. Jeanne’s longevity as a humorous speaker has not gone unnoticed by her peers. She has been awarded every top honor in her profession. The North Carolina Press Association named Robertson its 2001 North Carolinian of the Year.

Robertson has been interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on 60 Minutes, made presentations on public television and written books about humor. Only by hearing Robertson in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has presented over the past 40 years can one really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.

Location: The Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress, Tucson. For more information, call 520-547-3040, email or visit See ad, page 13.

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