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Comedian Lenny Clark headlines Allie’s Five O’Clock Fund event

Date: 11/7/2014

HOLYOKE – Allie’s Five O’Clock Fund is proud to host its annual fundraiser, “Jokes for Jimmy,” to benefit childhood cancer research through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund Nov. 14 at the Log Cabin at 5 p.m.

Headlining the evening will be special guest comedian Lenny Clarke, as well as Sean McCarthy and Mike O’Brien in what is rumored to be “the funniest event of the year.”

Veteran Boston stand-up comedian Lenny Clarke has an oddly calibrated act – his material and his perspective is very much in an old-school Don Rickles vein, but his attitude is very much that of a quick-witted young comic. This contrast comes wrapped in a conversational, deceptively genial delivery, with just brief moments of clowning.

Clarke is also unpredictable in a very good way on stage – you don’t know where he’s going to go next. It’s never the same show twice. He is known for his role in FX’s Rescue Me, appearances on Comedy Central, Fox, WEEI and ESPN, as well as many other appearances on television and in movies. “He’s a unique and funny performer ... truly worth catching,” according to NYC Review

Sean McCarthy, a member of the last graduating class at Springfield’s Classical High School, started doing stand-up comedy at the age of 16 at The Iron Horse Cafe on Buddy Rubbish’s Comedy night. He was the house emcee for Norm LaFoe's Comedy Shows at Westfield’s former 252 Elm Club.

After moving to New York City and Phoenix, McCarthy made it to Hollywood, CA, where he performed lots of stand-up comedy, landed roles in national television commercials and finally did some acting which unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor. He returns to Western Massachusetts to entertain his home crowd and support his friend, Bob Guarente, founder and president of Allie’s Five O’Clock Fund, at his landmark fundraiser.

Boston comedian Mike O’Brien, who is also a Duck Boat tour guide, will also perform.

The evening starts at 5 p.m. with an extensive array of hors d’oeuvres, a pre-show cocktail hour and silent auction. Guests will receive a commemorative glass with each purchase of a “Troublemaker” cocktail. The comedy starts at 7 p.m.

Individual tickets are $50 and there are four levels of table sponsor opportunities: Court Jesters, Comics, Jokers and Hecklers. For tickets, questions, and information on sponsorship opportunities, call Bob Guarente at 478-1888 or visit

Started in 2006, Allie’s Five O’Clock Fund events raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research in honor of Allison Guarente, who was diagnosed at age 2 with optic glioma (a tumor on her optic nerve). Allie is now an inspiring 11-year-old girl and Allie’s Five O’clock Fund has raised over $350,000 through sponsorship and donations.