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Lodi High School comedy team to prescribe a dose of laughter

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 am

Laughter may be the best medicine for one former Lodi resident.

Lodi High School’s Comedysportz team will be giving a dose of humor at 7 p.m. Friday in an improv comedy fundraiser event at Lodi High’s theater.

According to Comedysportz adviser Marcus Goodman, Comedysportz events feature improvisation games with different scenarios and sometimes props to make people laugh, similar to the style of the popular TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Friday’s event will not be an official Comedysportz event, but the students have agreed to put on a special improv show for a good cause. All proceeds will go to former Lodi resident Kyle Lesley, 32, to support his treatment for metastatic melanoma.

The event was started by Lodi High School senior Samantha Johnson, who knows Lesley as a friend of her family.

According to Johnson, the idea was to do a special show to raise money for his treatment and spread the word about his need for donations.

“He’s a really nice guy,” Johnson said. “He’s the kind of guy you’d want to help out. It’s terrible when bad things happen to good people.”

While the Lesley family now lives in Los Angeles, Kyle is originally from Lodi and faces a grim diagnosis.

According to his website, Lesley has a tumor near his pelvis that is too dangerous to remove. He is now a part of a clinical trial at the University of California, Los Angeles, but needs help meeting his day-to-day expenses while in treatment.

He is documenting his struggle on his website, which Johnson says also accepts donations.

Tickets for the improv comedy show cost $5, and extra donations will also be accepted.

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