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Comedians to hold benefit for West

Posted 2:31pm on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

Saginaw-bred comedian Cowboy Bill Martin is a busy guy -- when he’s not playing clubs around the country, he’s working cruise ships; when he’s not doing charity visits to help children with life-threatening illnesses, he’s working on a planned TV special (taping will be July 11 and 12 at Fort Worth’s Rose Marine Theater.

But he’s not too busy to grab a few friends and put together a benefit for the victims of the fertilizer-plant explosion in West. The show will take place Thursday, April 25, at the Arlington Improv.

“Anyone who has traveled from DFW to Austin or San Antonio has probably stopped in West,” Martin says in the show announcement. “I can't tell you how many times I've stopped there myself. And the images of the devastation suffered ... were hard to take. These are our neighbors. And I want to help.”

As I write this, plans are for there to be at least three headliners -- Martin, Chinaman Kidwok (whoever said comedy had to be politically correct?) and Sid Davis, with guest appearances from D.D. Ingram, Richard Estrada, Daryl Felsberg and others.

Tickets are $20. Show starts at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Arlington Improve, 389 Curtis Mathes Way No. 147. For updates, follow Martin on Facebook.

Robert Philpot, 817-390-7872 Twitter: @rphilpot

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