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Recap: November Charity Auction to Benefit Smile Train at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, November 3, 2014 12:08pm | Post a Comment

Jimmy Pardo at Amoeba Hollywood

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.

Smile Train logo

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

Amoeba Hollywood Charity Auction prizes

All together the folks bid $751 and with Amoeba's match it means over $1,500.00 for Smile Train! Nice work Mr. Pardo! Thank you so much for coming back and being a part of our auction.

Stay tuned for the next auction after the holidays where we will be back in February for a pre-Valentine's Day charity auction.

A little more about Jimmy:

As funny talking to a stranger in an elevator as he is talking to a crowd onstage, Jimmy Pardo is best known for his singular stand-up persona. After years of honing his act by touring and showcasing, he threw away all of his jokes and now spends his show improvising and interacting with the crowd.

In 2006, Jimmy became a podcasting pioneer when he began hosting the raucous-but-smart weekly podcast "Never Not Funny," which Entertainment Weekly called “one of the sharpest and gut-bustingest shows on the Internet.” The show has been named a top comedy podcast by The AV Club, iTunes and USA Today, and its guest list (Conan O’Brien, Richard Lewis, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman, just to name a few) reads like a Who’s Who of comedy. Previously a paid subscriber podcast, "Never Not Funny" joined the Earwolf podcasting network in 2014. "Never Not Funny" also hosts the annual Pardcast-a-Thon fundraiser, a 12-hour marathon webcast to benefit Smile Train. To date, the Pardcast-a-Thons have raised almost half a million dollars for charity.

In addition to podcasting and touring, Jimmy utilizes his trademark crowd work skills as Conan O'Brien's opening act at Conan tapings. Jimmy has also appeared on Conan as a panel guest, a field correspondent and recently filled in for Andy Richter as co-host. He also conducts the unconventional celebrity backstage interviews for TeamCoco.com’s “The Pardo Patrol.”Jimmy has performed stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and his own half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special. He hosted National Lampoon's Funny Money for Game Show Network, four seasons of AMC's Movies at Our House, and episodes of NBC’s Late Friday and VH1’s The Surreal Life and Love Lounge. He has appeared in acting roles on Comedy Bang Bang, Monk, and That 70’s Show, and the independent films Relative Strangers and The Godfather of Green Bay.

 

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