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October 18, 2005

Bob Nelson & Friends to Raise Funds for Hurricane Relief

Bob Nelson

Bob Nelson and Friends will donate their comedic talent to a special Comedy Show Fundraiser to be held at Farmingdale State University of New York's Little Theater in Roosevelt Hall on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Bob will be introduced by Farmingdale State President Dr. Jonathan Gibralter.

Why does Bob Nelson choose to perform at Farmingdale State? Because his niece is a student at the College and she asked him to help her club, the Sociology/Anthropology Club, raise money for Hurricane Relief.

Comedian Bob Nelson has been referred to as a Long Island treasure. A nationally known comedian, he has presented his character humor at Radio City Music Hall, in Las Vegas and on Broadway. He opened for fellow Long Islander Rodney Dangerfield. His movie career included an appearance in "Kindergarten Cop" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has appeared on HBO numerous times, including his "Nelson Schmelson" special. Locally, he has appeared at Governor's and, in the early days, at the White House Inn in Massapequa.

A dream come true for any comedian is the comment Nelson received from Johnny Carson who remarked after one of Bob's many Tonight Show appearances: "You can't laugh any harder for five or six minutes than you did at that guy... Bob Nelson". Bob's quirky characters bring people back again and again for his offbeat humor.

Tickets for this benefit performance are $10 for the public and 5 for Farmingdale State students. The show is hosted by Farmingdale State Sociology & Anthropology Club with assistance from Farmingdale Student Government. To buy tickets in advance, please contact Faculty Advisor Carol Fealey at 631-420-2715 or the Student Activities Office at 631-420-2103.