Arts & Culture

FAMILY-FRIENDLYCOMEDY ON MOTHER’S DAY

Comedian Lizette Mizelle has created a stand-up comedy series, The Big Laugh, aimed at bringing quality, family-friendly performers to the North County.
Comedian Lizette Mizelle has created a stand-up comedy series, The Big Laugh, aimed at bringing quality, family-friendly performers to the North County. COURTESY PHOTO

A bout a year ago, comedian Lizette Mizelle added another member to her busy brood.

She created The Big Laugh, a stand-up comedy series aimed at bringing the entertainment industry’s funniest folks to the Central Coast.

“It’s like having another baby, because it consumes a ton of my (time),” the Paso Robles mother of three said. “It’s a lot of work.”

This Sunday, Mizelle presents a special Mother’s Day show at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero, featuring the music of The Belmores and the stand-up comedy of Don Friesen, Del Van Dyke, Jaz Kaner and Jill Turnbow.

Mizelle, who will serve as emcee, described it as a fun, family-friendly show.

“We’ve raised the bar over here,” she said.

An experienced comic who has opened for D.L. Hughley, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey, Mizelle won national recognition in 2007 after winning first place in an online contest sponsored by Sony and Crackle.com.She opened for John Heffron, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” at the Improv comedy club in Chicago.

Since then, Mizelle has turned her attention to touring, TV pilots and other projects. After several comedy shows at Players Restaurant in Atascadero, she launched The Big Laugh on Valentine’s Day 2009 at the Pavilion.

“I began this event mostly out of frustration over not having a quality comedy venue to perform at,” Mizelle said. “This is a real positive fun event that … gives another entertainment opportunity for the North County.”

From the start, she said, the show has drawn enthusiastic capacity crowds.

Mizelle said she tries to select clean, professional headliners who can appeal to any crowd.

Friesen, who has appeared on “Live at Gotham” and “Comics Unleashed,” specializes in “very physical, high-energy, highly caffeinated comedy,” she said.

Kaner combines comedy with guitar and impressions, and Van Dyke is “just one of those guys that you laugh at just looking at,” Mizelle said.

As for Turnbow, who lives in Cambria, the comic said, “She’s edgy in a very likable way.”

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