On Saturday, November 1 we had an amazing charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood featuring a repeat appearance by comedian Jimmy Pardo as our illustrious guest auctioneer! We were raising funds for Smile Train, an organization that provides free cleft repair surgeries to those in need while helping to train local doctors. This makes it possible for a child born with cleft to eat, breathe, speak properly, and smile.
Jimmy Pardo is host of the top-rated podcast "Never Not Funny," and a recurring guest on Conan and Comedy Bang Bang. He has his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special and has recorded three comedy albums: Uno, Pompous Clown and 2013’s Sprezzatura, which Entertainment Weekly named one of the 5 Best Stand-Up Albums of the year.
Jimmy did a bang-up job as usual, making people giggle and guffaw while driving the bids to new levels. His timing is impeccable and his one-liners irresistible. The crowd was way into it, and the folks showed up with their wallets and pocketbooks open. And when they weren't quite open enough, he helped pry them open with quippity quips. It was a really great time.
Highlights of some of the items on the auction block:
- Tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! at Shrine Auditorium Nov. 22 + kids fun pack - $35.00
- Beatles pack with lithos, t-shirt, mugs & more - $30.00
- 2 pairs of VIP tickets to a Conan O'Brien taping - $60 each
- Led Zeppelin pack - $65.00!!
- Primus & the Chocolate Factory pack ("just in time for HALLOWEEN") $40
- Tickets to Mike Birbiglia at the Wilshire Ebell Theater Dec. 6 - $90.00!!
- Tickets to Mac DeMarco at the Fonda Nov. 10th - $40.00
- VIP in-store front of the line pass - $40.00
- $50 Trader Joe’s gift card + vintage lunchbox - $70.00
- $50 Urban Outfitters gift card + a limited edition One Direction picture disc - $50.00
- Jimmy Pardo's own Mystery Box of handpicked CDs - $60.00
- Dog lover’s gift basket featuring a $25 gift card to Tailwaggers pet store, toys & treats - $15.00
- Amoeba coffee mug with coffee cards - $35.00
- Random bag of promo t-shirts - $45.00
- Michael Jackson transfers - $6.00
- Bob Marley poster with button pack and postcard - $10.00