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Paw Search, THON Benefit, Features Comedian Ty Barnett

11/17/2009 —

Ty BarnettA variety of acts will take to the stage at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) for the third annual Paw Search, a family friendly talent and variety show benefit set for Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event go to the Penn State Dance Marathon, fondly known as THON, to help children with cancer through the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

This year’s show features Ty Barnett, a standup comedian as emcee. Barnett was the 2006 runner-up on NBS’s “Last Comic Standing” where he faced-off with the eventual winner, Josh Blue. Since then, Barnett has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and as a regular on the “Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Additional television credits include “Comedy Central Presents,” “Premium Blend,” and numerous television commercials. He also appeared in the feature film Stand-up.

A Chicago native, Barnett who has been performing since his high school days on the city’s south side, describes his comedy as “comfortably social with funny political views that aren’t forced on the audience.” He began touring and earning rave reviews in California, Oregon, and Canada before being voted “Up-and coming Comedian of the Year” in 2002 at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. He is a single parent and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to the comedy of Barnett, audience members will be treated to a variety of local performing groups who will be singing, dancing, doing martial arts, and more all to benefit children with cancer. The rock band 12th of August, Kim’s Karate, singer Jess Olan, rapper Clifton Johnson, and instrumentalists Rhoi Fajardo and Pete Bottros are just a few of the performers taking to The Pullo Center stage for Paw Search. This is one of the campus’ many fundraisers in support of THON which takes place on Feb. 19 – 21, 2010, at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park. The campus will send two local dancers to participate in this 46-hour dance marathon which has raised more than $52 million since it began in 1973.

Tickets are $5 for Penn State York students with I.D. and children under 10-years-old; $10 to all others. Tickets can be purchased at The Pullo Center Box Office, (717) 505-8900; from a Penn State York Thon member; or in the Penn State York Bookstore (717) 771-4110 using cash or check. Tickets will also be on sale the night of the show. For more information on Paw Search, please call (717) 771-4128.

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