By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise noted
Star Studded Benefit Set for Pam Matteson - Comic with Cancer - Nov. 24
More than a dozen local top entertainers are scheduled to perform at a benefit for comedian Pam Matteson on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. The event in the Plaza Showroom has been organized to help Pam and her family with mounting medical bills as she battles the cancer which has spread to her brain.
The list of entertainers who have stepped forward to share their talent includes Louie Anderson, Gordie Brown, Rich Little, David Gee Kenny Bob Davis, Bud Friedman, Mike hammer, Clint Holmes, Fielding West, Kathleen Dunbar, Carla Rea, Max Alexander, Carrie Snow, Cornell Gunters' Coasters and the Michael T Band.
Ticket are only $25 and can be purchased by calling the Plaza Box office at 702 386 2507. Although the cause is a serious one, it is clear that the entertainment is top drawer and audience members will be treated to some fabulous entertainment at a more than reasonable price.
Matteson, a Brooklyn born comic, has delighted audiences on The Tonight Show, An Evening At The Improv, Comic Strip Live, Fox's Sunday Comics, and Showtime's Pair of Jokers. In addition to touring with national productions of Annie, Man Of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and All Night Strut, Ms. Matteson had a featured role in the film, Punchline, and a starring appearance in Rich Little's Las Vegas show, Copy Cats.
According to her husband Tim Biddle, Pam was diagnosed with brain cancer after recovering two months ago from her second bout of cancer. She survived the first ovarian cancer bout in 2005 and was cancer free for seven years.
Then, in Sept 2012 it came back. This time it was in fluid around her heart. They drained the fluid but found cancer cells floating in the fluid, so she underwent chemo for another nine months. In August, Tim recalled, they were told she was clear again.
“On September 23, her birthday,” Tim said, “we had a family get together and celebrated.” But on September 30, Pam lost her motor responses and part of her speech. Five days later , A CT Scan showed cancer in her brain. Now, the bills are piling up, and Tim has lost his job due to so much time off taking care of Pam. “If you can help thank you. If you can't please pray for her,” he said.
Thanks to the entertainment community, folks have the chance to help a family in need and experience some of Las Vegas' finest entertainers. Come and enjoy a show and know that you are helping those who's need is great. Call the Plaza Box office at 702 386 2507 for tickets.
Making a contribution if you can't attend the show is simple. Just go to the page that Tim created at http://www.gofundme.com/4v2oi0.
Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton- Holmes – Happy Sixth Anniversary
One of Las Vegas' most talented couples celebrates their anniversary this week. Our congratulations to Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton-Holmes on their sixth anniversary on November 11.
Kelly can be found Monday evenings at the Bootlegger Bistro where she hosts her open mic cabaret. You never know who will stop by to sing a number or two or try out something new. You can catch up with Clint Homes on the first weekend of each month at the Cabaret Jazz Room at the Smith Center.
The two individuals have their fingers in many other projects and appearances, but these are spots where we know we can find them on a fairly regular basis. And with their talent, I'd suggest you check them out if you haven't already.