Philanthropy is Hilarious

Move over, Bob Sagat; wholesome knock-knock jokes get old real fast. Everyone knows the best jokes are the ones that can't be told in front of children! But that doesn't mean you can't laugh at their expense or, in this case, for their benefit. Carnival Cruise Lines' top comedians will be standing up in front of the spotlight shelling out provocative quips to raise money for the approaching holiday season at the Toys for Tots Comedy Show on Tuesday. All proceeds from the event will go to purchasing Tonka trucks and Barbie dolls for little boys and girls in need. South Florida comedian Eli Rodriguez will cohost the night and introduce funny guys Lester Bibbs, Happy Cole, and Tommy Drake. They stress that the event is not family-friendly but that everyone's still excited to get dirty for the kids. Fort Lauderdale Improv is located at 5700 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Tickets cost $20. There is a two-drink minimum. The event is 18 and over to laugh, 21 and up to drink. Doors open at 7:30. Call 954-981-5653, or visit
Tue., Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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