By Mary O’KEEFE
Friday, June 26, is the Annual Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Golf Tournament at Scholl Canyon Golf Course. The annual event raises funds for scholarships given to local graduating seniors.
Single player fees are $125, and teams of four are $440. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, bucket of range balls, goodie bag, refreshments on the course plus continental breakfast and the Crescenta Valley Chamber’s lunch of freshly grilled steak and salmon.
There are a couple of things new this year including three hole-in-one prizes, including $10,000 in cash, and complimentary mini-massages.
In addition there will be a Comedy Improvisational performance. Bill Chott, Ricky Ryba, Hunter Stiebel, Sam Gasch and BJ Lange will perform a type of improvisational comedy similar to the popular television show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”
Lange is an instructor at 3-2-1 Acting Studio in La Crescenta. CVCOC advisor Jean Maluccio contacted Mae Ross, studio owner, and asked if there was anyone she knew who could perform at the event. Ross contacted Lange, who also teaches at Second City in Hollywood, who came up with the improv idea.
“I love doing stand-up and [suggested] improv,” he said.
Lange is also a reservist with the Air Force and will be leaving for training in July. He wanted to do something to help with the event and the community. He contacted some friends and they will be performing from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the tournament.
He has heard of Comedy Sportz and is hoping that a few of the students from Crescenta Valley High School’s Comedy Sportz team will not only stop by but also participate in the performance.
Performers include Bill Chott whose credits include “Saturday Night Live,” “The Ringer,” Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Galaxy Quest.” He is the owner and founder of The Improv Trick.
BJ Lange has been on MTV, “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” and “Kroll Show.” He can be seen weekly at iO West Comedy Club and Second City.
Ricky Ryba appeared in “American Sniper,” “Final: The Rapture” and “Ellen.” He serves in the USN Reserve.
Hunter Stiebel credits include “ER,” “Wild ‘N’ Out,” “Finding Carter” and “The Onion.”
Sam Gasch has appeared on the podcast “Rachel and Sam Read A Story,” “Laughitivism” and at iO West.