About Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2016
Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2016 presents edgy comedian Patton Oswalt for an evening of laughter, friendship and community. Join the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center - and our signature partner, Special Olympics Wisconsin - at the Riverside Theater on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
The evening will mark the fifth annual presentation of Laugh It Up Milwaukee, an event that demonstrates the power of organizations partnering to build a healthier Milwaukee. This year's event will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin and support their efforts to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. Laugh It Up Milwaukee will also benefit special needs programming for children and adults at the JCC.
Past beneficiaries and partner agencies of Laugh It Up Milwaukee include Gilda's Club (2012), Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (2013), the MACC Fund (2014), and Hunger Task Force (2015), featured performances from comedians Seth Meyers, Susie Essman & Richard Lewis, Martin Short, and Howie Mandel.
ABOUT PATTON OSWALT
Patton continues to find success in all areas of entertainment, from his Grammy nominated comedy specials to his many memorable guest roles on his favorite TV shows (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), in addition to his most recent comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with Ben Stiller, as well as his starring role on Adult Swim’s The Heart, She Holler. He is also the narrator on ABC’s breakout comedy The Goldbergs. In the past, he has been recognized for his work on the big screen, nominated for a Critics Choice Award for his brilliant performance in Jason Reitman’s film Young Adult, starring opposite Charlize Theron. In 2009, Patton received critical acclaim for his performance in Robert Siegel’s Big Fan; the film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and Patton earned a Gotham Award nomination for his performance.
As a comedian, Patton has shot five TV specials and four critically acclaimed albums, including his latest Grammy-nominated special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time which debuted on EPIX. Finest Hour also received a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album,” as well as a Showtime one-hour special of the same name. In 2009, Patton received his first Grammy nomination for his album My Weakness Is Strong which was distributed through Warner Brothers Records.
In addition to his recent guest roles on Veep, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Battle Creek, Parks and Recreation, Justified, Two and a Half Men, Portlandia, Burn Notice, Patton also voiced characters on The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers. He was a series regular on Showtime’s United States of Tara, appeared as a guest star on Bored To Death and Flight of the Conchords on HBO and The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central. He also recurred on the SyFy series Caprica. Patton was also a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher and Lewis Black’s Root Of All Evil. In 2009, Patton appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s feature film The Informant, and Observe and Report with Seth Rogen.
Patton provided the voice for ‘Remy’, the rat, in Pixar’s Oscar winning Ratatouille. He also voiced characters on Word Girl and Neighbors from Hell. Patton has also appeared in more then 20 films, including Magnolia, Starsky and Hutch and Reno 911!: Miami.
Patton starred in The Comedians of Comedy, which was shot as an independent feature film, a TV series and a long running tour.
He tours regularly and extensively, headlining both in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Patton also has a regular, bi-monthly show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles.
On TV, he played ‘Spence’ on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!
Patton’s first published book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland was released in January 2011 and is a New York Times Best Seller. His second book, Silver Screen Fiend, hit selves on January 6th, 2015.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF WISCONSIN
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. It empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, leading to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst as well as programming around health and education, Special Olympics works to end inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Click here to learn more about Special Olympics Wisconsin.
ABOUT THE HARRY & ROSE SAMSON FAMILY JCC
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center is a non-profit, social service agency founded upon Jewish ethics and values. It is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of the entire Jewish Community for strengthening Jewish identity and for enriching the quality of Jewish life. The JCC provides the total community with a forum for open dialogue regarding matters affecting Jewish life here, in Israel and throughout the world. It initiates diversified social, educational, recreational, and cultural programs within a Jewish setting.