Mental health is nothing to joke about, but for this one night, we promise laughs!
Taking place at the prestigious Uptown Theatre in Napa, this one-night-only comedy event will combine the comedic brilliance of Howie Mandel, Maria Bamford, and Yamaneika Saunders to provide an uproariously entertaining night of charitable fun.
The It’s No Joke Comedy event was launched as a way to normalize mental health and raise funds for One Mind, the nationally recognized Napa-based mental health non-profit. Each of the performing comedians was hand-selected for this event because of their mental health lived experiences and their advocacy for the cause. We are thankful for their participation and hope you join us for this important inaugural event!
If you are a Napa local or someone just looking for a good reason to visit the area, we encourage you to ensure your spot by purchasing your tickets now.
Friday, September 23rd at 8pm
Doors will open at 7pm for drinks, mingling, photos, and fun.
Special thanks to Otsuka Pharmaceutical for their lead sponsor support of this event.
Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years. He can currently be seen as host of the hit Netflix series Bullshit the Game Show and on NBC’s flagship series America’s Got Talent, where he has served as a judge for over 12 seasons. He can also be heard on his podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff which he co-hosts alongside his daughter, Jackelyn Schultz. New episodes drop every Tuesday and are available on all platforms. In Spring 2022 he appeared on the reboot of Canada’s Got Talent alongside Lilly Singh, Kardinal Offishall and Trish Stratus which aired on CityTV.
Other recent projects include his documentary Howie Mandel: But Enough About Me, currently streaming on Peacock, his annual CW special Howie Mandel & Friends: Don’t Sneeze on Me, now streaming on FuboTV, NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions, CNBC’s Deal or No Deal, co-hosting Nat Geo Wild’s Animals Doing Things with his son Alex. He also executive produced the Quibi series Kirby Jenner. In 2019 he released his first solo special in 20 years Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club.
In Summer 2021 Howie launched his own eyewear capsule collection in collaboration with SEE, the “go to” locale for eyewear aficionados looking for an eclectic selection of fashion forward eyewear. The collection is available for purchase on SEE’s website and a portion of sales from the collection will be donated to HFC, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen’s national non-profit organization whose mission is to care for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. In 2020 Howie teamed up with ePlay Digital Inc. and launched the charity, Breakout the Masks, and mobile game campaign to give back to those involved in the fight against COVID-19. Via Howies’ Games the first challenge is Outbreak where players’ points translate to donations of N95 face masks, portable ventilators, gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment to doctors, nurses and more front line workers. The second game SwishAR has users looking for America’s Got Talent’s, Howie Mandel, to join in a backyard basketball game to shoot hoops.
Both games are available on the Apple App store and Google Play.
His additional projects as a host, actor, and/or executive producer include Take It All and Howie Do It for NBC, Deal With It for TBS and Mobbed for Fox. Previously, Mandel received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Deal or No Deal and a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host for the syndicated version of the show. Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy Award-winning St. Elsewhere, to the international animated children’s series Bobby’s World, Mandel has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. In 2009, Mandel added author
to his resume when he released his frank, funny and no-holds-barred memoir, “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.” The memoir revealed his ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD, and how it has shaped his life and career. It made The New York Times bestseller list on its first week and remained on the list for several consecutive weeks. Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, The Howie Mandel Show and continues to be a mainstay on the talk show circuit. He also continues to perform as many as 200 stand up comedy shows each year throughout the U.S. and Canada.Read Less
Maria Bamford is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness. She starred in the surreal, semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, about a comedian who suffers a nervous breakdown, and is the star of three unconventional hour-long stand-up specials: Weakness is the Brand, Old Baby and Maria Bamford: the special, special, special! Maria was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She also created and starred in the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, in which she plays all the characters.
Maria is often recognized for her prolific voiceover work. She stars as Tilly Mulch in Team Coco’s scripted podcast Frontier Tween, and in the past played DeBrie Bardeaux on Arrested Development and recurred on the ABC hit series Fresh off the Boat.
Maria is the 2014 winner of the American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic. Maria’s late-night appearances include CONAN, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Tonight Show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Her 2019 interview series What’s Your Ailment? deals with the various mental struggles of celebrities. Maria recently released the Audible Original You Are (A Comedy) Special, a semi-mock instructional book for both standup and life. Currently, she can be seen in Judd Apatow’s feature The Bubble and performing starring voice roles on the Big Mouth spinoff Human Resources (Netflix) and Santa, Inc. (HBO Max).Read Less
Most recently appearing on Netflix’s stand-up series The Degenerates, Yamaneika Saunders has been captivating audiences across the country with her dynamic stage presence for over a decade. Yamaneika is currently a writer on season 2 of HBO MAX’s THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE. Born and raised in Maryland, Yamaneika has since tackled both the New York and LA comedy scenes by combining her high energy improvisational observations and stories with a unique and bold perspective on life.
In early 2015, Yamaneika co-starred in Oxygen’s Funny Girls, a docu-series following six female comedians through their everyday lives. Prior to that, Yamaneika was a series regular on Comedy Central’s animated online series In Security. Yamaneika has been a guest star on shows including The Jim Gaffigan Show, Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and TruTV shows Comedy Knockout and Friends of the People.
Yamaneika’s voiceover work can be heard on Inside Amy Schumer. A former panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show, her stand-up has been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, with a half-hour special on Comedy Central released in 2017. You can also hear her on her weekly podcast Rantin’ and Ravin’.Read Less