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Comedy Competition Winner Slates Patterson Performance

Don Friesen, the only two-time winner of the San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition and star of the Showtime special Ask Your Mom will be bringing the laughs to the Westside on Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. to benefit H.O.S.T. House, the only homeless shelter serving the Westside of Stanislaus County.

The benefit event will be hosted at the Federated Church Fellowship Hall, 45 S. El Circulo Ave., Patterson and tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door for general admission. Door open 30 minutes before the performance. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit

Originally from Fresno, the now LA-based comic is a favorite performer on Alaska cruise ships and has performed to as many as 30,000 people while opening for the Goo Goo Dolls.

Ask Your Mom captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best-written routines around. Friesen lights up the stage with an engaging blend of wit and physicality that connects with audiences from all walks of life. It’s that rare comedy special that is adult-smart yet family-friendly, a show that has enough edge and energy to kill in nightclubs, but still manages to be clean and universal enough for all ages.

Friesen is also one of the most requested comics on XM Sirius satellite radio, and has appeared on numerous television shows including Live at Gotham, Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black, and The Best of Comics Unleashed.

Opener Liz Grant began doing creepy impressions in the third grade. Things finally paid off when she opened for Robins Williams and Dana Carvey. She wrote for George Carlin’s and won The Brian Regan Impression Contest.


H.O.S.T. (Helping Others Sleep Tonight) House is the only homeless shelter serving the Westside of Stanislaus County. Formed by a group of residents from local churches and the surrounding community, the organization provides temporary housing during the winter season, food, clothing, toiletries and currently service over 60 homeless people.