The condition known as autism — statistics show it now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys– is a very serious matter, but autism awareness doesn’t need to be. Through the power of laughter, Fullerton Cares hopes to raise $45,000 for special education programs in the Fullerton School District. “Heroes Comedy for Autism” takes place this Wednesday, April 3rd at the historic Fox Theatre, headlined by comedian/actor Brad Williams and a galley of  notable, special guest acts.

Larry Houser founded Fullerton Cares in 2009 when his son Boyd Houser was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. For autism charities and autism programs in Fullerton schools, Fullerton Cares has raised over $33,000 through organizing comedy nights, golf tournaments, and Mardi Gras-style fundraisers.

We had the opportunity to do an informative and fun interview with Larry and Brad inside the Fox Theatre!

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 Larry Houser talks about co-organizer Dan Ebert and the community coming together in supporting his efforts.

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 Brad Williams tells us candidly about how he came to be involved with Fullerton Cares.

 

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Brad himself was born with a disability, specifically Achondroplasia (a type of dwarfism). Raised here in Fullerton, he went on to the University of Southern California, but dropped out to pursue his acting and comedy career. Brad’s ability to poke fun at his own physical setbacks with a stew of self-deprecating and ribald humor has proven to pack a winning wallop.

Here, he regales us with the serendipitous moment of breaking into the biz with great friend and mentor Carlos Mencia.

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“Heroes Comedy Show for Autism with Brad Williams and Friends” features national headlining comics Brad Williams (of course), George Perez, Adam Ray, Skyler Stone and Carlos Mencia –yes, Carlos Mencia! — at the historic Fox Theatre on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show is from 7-9 pm.

Additionally, event sponsor Heroes Bar & Grill will be setting up a beer garden in the Firestone Court at 4:30 pm. Enjoy some good food and beer with all sales going straight to Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation.

Tickets for the benefit are available at http://acomedyshowforautism.eventbrite.com.

Our good friends Jesse La Tour and Josué Rivas of Dos Amigos Films were generous enough to shoot this heartwarming video for us in helping to promote this Wednesday’s wonderful fundraiser.



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