Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2015 Announced

September 30, 2014

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced Howie Mandel as the headline performer for Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2015, the fourth annual fundraiser that celebrates community partnership. Mandel, an internationally adored comedian and current judge on “America’s Got Talent”, will take the Riverside Theater stage on Saturday, January 31st, with proceeds going to support the programs of the JCC and Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2015 partner beneficiary, Hunger Task Force.

“Not only has Laugh It Up Milwaukee grown to be a signature event on local social, cultural, and performance calendars – it has become a true embodiment of everything we at the JCC aspire: partnering to build a healthier Milwaukee,” said JCC Executive Director Mark Shapiro. “To welcome a community leader such as the Hunger Task Force, who have been our partners in serving the needs of Milwaukeeans for decades now, is an absolute honor.”

Past beneficiaries and partner agencies of Laugh It Up Milwaukee include Gilda’s Club (2012), Children’s Hospital of Southeastern Wisconsin (2013) and the MACC Fund (2014), and featured performances from Seth Meyers, Susie Essman & Richard Lewis, and Martin Short. Since its inception - and through the generosity of sponsors such as Olshan Outreach (Bayshore Town Center), Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust, BiltRite Furniture and Mattress, Kapco, and many others - over $450,000 has been raised for community programs that combat cancer, bullying, and now hunger.

“Hunger Task Force is proud to be the charity of choice for Laugh It Up Milwaukee and the opportunity to help local families facing tough times. We thank the JCC for including us and offering a chance to enjoy a night out while helping our neighbors,” Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force Executive Director.

Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2015 tickets will be available for general public purchase on Wednesday, October 8, with a pre-sale available for select audiences on Thursday, October 2 (use code LIUM). Tickets will range from $45-$90, and can be purchased at or