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Comedians Help Raise Funds For Haiyan Victims

February 5, 2014, 10:09 AM HST (Updated February 5, 2014, 10:12 AM)
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Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete will join Hawaii’s Augie T in a statewide comedy tour in March to benefit the continuing efforts to provide relief to the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, caused widespread destruction and killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, slamming into the island of Leyte on Nov. 8 with sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 230 mph. The region is still trying to recover from the storm.

The “Laugh For Relief” comedy tour comes to the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kona on March 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and available at KTA Superstores.

The tour arrives in Hilo on March 15 for a show at Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium. Tickets are $15 in advance. Visit the Augie T site to order.

“Laugh For Relief” will also make stops on Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Maui before completing the tour on March 22 at the Blaisdell Center on Oahu.

Navarrete is one of the most popular Filipino comedians today and regularly tours the United States, said a release for the tour. He has released numerous DVD’s and is currently working on his own television series, “Rex In The City” for MTV Philippines.

Augie T was voted Comedian of the Year in Hawai’i by the Star Bulletin and Midweek newspapers and has been the core artist in the revival of the Hawai’i comedy scene. Augie T is the only local comedian to sell out the Blaisdell Arena and has his own TV show, “Augie TV,” on K5.

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“Laugh For Relief” is being presented by the Hawaii Construction Alliance.

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