They call him “New Jersey’s Bad Boy of Comedy,” as he’s been known to work a little “blue” in the service of a laugh — but on Friday evening, June 13, Mike Marino shows his true colors as one of the good guys, when he headlines a family-friendly night of standup at Middletown High School North.
Billed as “Laugh 4 a Cause,” the 7:30 pm event finds the veteran entertainer — whose recent TV pilot project Reconstructing Jersey shot scenes in several Monmouth County locations — raising funds for Chris Falzone, a township teen currently being treated for Non Hodgkins Mature B Cell Lymphoma, a form of bone cancer.
A member of the hockey squads at Middletown High School South and the Red Bank Generals, 14 year old Chris has been undergoing chemotherapy since being diagnosed, and while the prognosis for full recovery has been described as promising, the Falzone family has incurred significant out-of-pocket medical expenses throughout the treatment and recovery process. The grass-roots “Friends of Chris” effort has helped defray close to $20,000 of those expenses — and Marino, a comic who’s traditionally used his own Italian-American family as a recurring theme in his comedy, was more than happy to play it strictly family-friendly for Friday night’s funder.
Take it here to contact the organizer for tickets ($20) to the show at High School North — as well as for regular updates on Chris’ progress and recovery.