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An Evening of Fun, Laughter and Comedy Oct. 7

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An Evening of Fun, Laughter, and Comedy will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct 7 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wellcome OM Integral Healing and Education Center, located at 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill. And as audiences travel through a Comedy Time Tunnel to meet the Fastest Talking Woman in the World, guests will be helping people in need.

Proceeds will benefit the mission of Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF), founded and run by Hernando Hero and community activist Ellen Paul. This is a volunteer-run organization whose mission is “to identify and help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless with food, clothing, shelter, social services, transportation, and so much more.”

As guests support this important cause, they’ll get a prime opportunity to meet a talented celebrity known for her big mouth, and for the even bigger heart and mind that’s behind it. Fran Capo, comedienne and storyteller, is Guinness Book of World Records’ Fastest Talking Woman, the author of 22 books recently seen on Access Daily with Mario Lopez, Bay News 9, and in the new movie “Friend Draft.”

“I like to be a mix of storyteller, motivational speaker, and stand up comic,” said Capo, a Weeki Wachee resident. “I love to make people laugh, but it’s just as important to me to motivate them.” Capo finds humor in all manner of life stories and situations, from the way she met her husband to the time that she, at that point an employee at a print shop, was held up at gunpoint by robbers keenly disappointed that she had only $10 to offer them. “Five cents a copy!” she explained calmly.

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From comedy contests (after winning her first competition, Capo reveals, she forgot to leave behind her contact information to be informed of her win) to cruise ships to TED Talks and a popular one woman show, Capo is up to any comedic challenge. “When it comes to new challenges,” she said. “I just say yes.”

From Entertainment Tonight to Good Morning America, Fran Capo’s talents have been showcased on more than 450 TV shows and 4500 radio shows. Plus, she has appeared on nationally broadcast television commercials, reciting a sped up version of The Gettysburg Address on a Nissan commercial. And on Oct. 7 she’ll be making people laugh for a good cause. “I hope that we can help people get out of bad life situations,” she said. “All they need is a chance.”

Also featured at An Evening of Fun, Laughter, and Comedy is the Comedy Time-Tunnel showcase, an audiovisual time travel journey that takes the audience through the first Great American comedians in the city of Boston 1787, on to the enchanting comedy ride of the 1900s Vaudeville, Stand-up Theater, and early days of radio and television comedy. Featured are rare comedy routines on a large screen from industry luminaries such as Milton Berle, George Burns, Red Skelton, Phyllis Diller and many more. The Comedy Time Tunnel is presented by Tony Belmont of the National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum.

And a silent art auction will feature beautiful works of art from local artists donated to NCCFC for sale at the event. “The goal of Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF) is to help indigent people in the community,” said founder Ellen Paul. “Our goal is to feed them, give them clothing, drive them to doctors’ appointments, and to help them get jobs and IDs to help them get an identity.” And aside from short-term needs, the Community Services Foundation helps their clients with long-term goals. “We’ve gotten people out of the woods and helped them get their lives back and accomplish something,” said Paul. “We build them up.”

Tickets are $20 (tax deductible) each; visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Nature Coast Community Services Foundation,” to purchase tickets for An Evening of Fun, Laughter, and Comedy. For more information, visit https://naturecoastcommunityservices-foundation.org/ or call (352) 600-9555.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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