Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of comedy with this GrouponLive deal to see Laughs for Lions starring Dat Phan and Paul Ogata, presented by the Kamehameha Lions Club Foundation at the Mamiya Theatre. For $22, you get one ticket for seating in rows N–P on Saturday, August 25 (a $45 value). The event begins at 6 p.m. with door prizes, and the comedy show begins at 7:35 p.m. The ticket also includes a complimentary beverage (beer, wine, or soft drink) and unlimited preshow snacks are served at the Grand Plaza Bar before the show.
When Dat Phan looks at a pedicure, he sees much more than shapely, polished toenails. The Saigon-born comedian sees an economic strategy for his fellow Vietnamese Americans, whom he often describes during rollicking bits about beauty parlors and impersonations of his mother. Phan’s musings on his heritage and willingness to challenge racial stereotypes helped win him the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and a spot in the Smithsonian Institution’s Top 10 Most Influential Vietnamese Americans exhibit.
Before Phan mines the audience for hard-earned laughs, Pearl City native Paul Ogata warms up the crowd with the same charisma that made him a top-rated radio personality on Honolulu’s KDDB-FM, Da Bomb. When Ogata isn’t splitting sides with highly animated reflections on growing up in a poor, Asian-American household, he’s cracking up the Internet with songs on his website that poke fun at the quadrennial sporting event going on right now, overlaying images from the games with poetic lyrics such as “hugs, thugs, and performing-enhancing drugs.”
Also performing at Laughs for Lions is up-and-coming comic David Lee and The Great Baloni, a self-proclaimed International Master of Disaster and Disillusion who challenges spectators with his unique version of Minute to Win It. The evening also generates excitement with a preshow silent auction for travel packages, jewelry, celebrity memorabilia, and other items that do not make a sound, even when you tickle them.
Kamehameha Lions Club Foundation
The Kamehameha Lions Club Foundation, a registered charitable organization, harnesses chuckles and world-class entertainers to benefit its scholarship fund for the Sacred Hearts Academy, the La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls, and Kalani High School Leo Clubs Community Service Programs, as well as other statewide community-service projects.