Stand Up to Stop Violence IV at the Fox Theater: “Laugh ‘Til it Hurts!”





Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons will once again display his hilarious master of ceremonies skills at Comedy for Charity’s amazing variety show.

With standup performances by Headliner Bill Dawes (Sex and the City, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Caroline’s Comedy Club), Feature Acts Jill Bryan, Elliot Glicksman and Suzie Sexton; music by LeeAnne Savage, Janee Starr, and Hope Sullivan; dance by Dancing in the Streets AZ, and juggling by Green Jelly Bean Entertainment, the audience will experience an unforgettable night of entertainment.

The proceeds of the event will provide money for victims of violence and violence prevention. This year’s beneficiaries are Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Dancing in the Streets AZ (This is a program which guides students in achieving life skills, especially at-risk youth.)

A Hollywoodesque event, Lifestyle Live will be interviewing our guests on the Red Carpet.

This event was created and organized by Tucson prosecuting attorney Suzie Sexton, whose sister was killed in a Chicago mugging in 1980. Kudos to Suzie for putting together another fantastic show, now in its 4th year.

Comedian Suzie Sexton
Comedian Suzie Sexton

See for more info. VIP includes preferred seating in the first 5 rows, and a pre-show dessert reception with the performers starting at 6:00pm.

Stand up to stop violence.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Another great show with comedians Suzie Sexton, Diva Janee Starr, attorney Elliot Glicksman, opera singer Hope Sullivan (“I Will Always Love You”), Jill Bryan, Lee Ann Savage (3 songs) and headliner Bill Dawes (who joked about marriage, sexual relationships, race & gender). We did “laugh till it hurts!”, along with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, House Rep. Victoria Steele.

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