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Comedy night to help special needs playground

Published 12:37pm Thursday, March 7, 2013

Raising money for the Special Needs Playground at Dadeville Elementary School is also slated to raise a lot of laughs with the “A Night of Comedy” Fundraiser.

Jody Fuller, “The Stuttering Comic,” will take the stage at Dadeville High School April 6, and DES teacher Lisa Hurley said he has a funny act.

“He has some realistic things that you listen to and you say, “Oh my, I’ve done that,” Hurley said. “We’re just extremely honored to have him come and help us out.”

Hurley said Fuller has dealt with a stuttering issue his whole life, but he has learned to embrace it and use it as part of his routine.

“He went to McDonald’s and was going to order chicken nuggets,” Hurley said. “He got in the drive-thru, and it just hit him. He said, ‘I want ch-, ch-, ch-, ch-, ch-.’ He said, ‘I may get five orders of chicken nuggets,’ – that’s his kind of comedy.”

Fuller said he was very excited to be part of the show.

“I’ll do just about anything I can for kids,” Fuller said. “Throw in the fact they they have special needs, and it’s a done deal. I was a stuttering kid and know what it’s like to be different. Although I maybe wouldn’t have had a pass to this particular playground, I can still see a glimpse into the challenges that these kids face on a daily basis.”

Fuller said he’s also excited for his family from Dadeville to get to see his show.

Hurley said the show will be appropriate for all ages, but they are recommending it for seventh graders and up – younger children may not get the humor.

“I think people will enjoy my show because it’s good wholesome humor,” Fuller said. “I touch on a variety of topics, but the two things that make me unique is that I talk a lot about my stuttering and the challenges that we face every day but I do it in a humorous manner. I’m also a soldier with three tours in Iraq, so I talk a lot about that, too.”

Since Fuller is a soldier, Hurley said the entire show will have a patriotic theme.

“It’s good clean fun and something for everybody,” Hurley said. “You don’t get that often.”

The program will be held from 5–8 p.m., but the comedy will be preceded by two other special guest appearances – one being Autumn White, a senior at Chambers Academy, who will do a musical number.

“Her voice is just heavenly,” Hurley said. “She has a little country twang – she can sing anything from country to rock. She can adapt to any type of genre of music.”

The event will also feature the cast members of Bamazon beginning at 5 p.m.

Hurley said they are hoping to sell 500 tickets to move them toward their goal amount needed for the playground.

“After this fundraiser we should have reached our first step toward reaching our goal, which means that our equipment has been completely paid for,” Hurley said.

Other steps include clearing the land, pouring the rubberized playground surface and putting up a fence.

Hurley said they will keep pushing forward on fundraising until the playground dream becomes a reality.

“It’s scary how easily this has come together and how everybody has just stepped up and said, ‘We’d love to help you,’” Hurley said. “It just makes me feel so good – all the work I’m putting into it – it’s just so rewarding.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the following locations: DES, DHS, LaKay’s Flowers and Gifts, Little Lambs and Ivy Daycare, Ellie’s in Auburn, Lee Marketing Group in Alexander City and Tallapoosa County Central Office in the courthouse.

For more information call 256-825-6811.