A Benefit & Memorial to remember a local legend
Floyd J. Phillips
Portland, OR – Comedian LONNIE BRUHN with Stage Left Entertainment along with co-producer, SHARON LACEY, and in conjunction with HARVEY’S COMEDY CLUB present a special benefit tribute show on Wednesday, May 9th. An all-star line-up of some of Portland’s greatest stand-up comedians will come out to remember one of our own local legends, FLOYD J. PHILLIPS, who lost his lifelong battle with kidney disease on the evening of April 6th.
What to expect: An evening of short comedy sets and stories celebrating Floyd J. Phillips’ life achievements and contribution to comedy. Scheduled to perform are sets from TYLER BOEH, ART KRUG, SHARON LACEY, LONNIE BRUHN, DWIGHT SLADE and many more recognized local comedians. The host for the evening will be DON FROST, who says, ‘It is an honor to be the Master of Ceremonies of such an important cause.” Dwight Slade will close the all-star line-up before the final performance of the evening: A media viewing of Floyd J. Phillips’ last show, “JENIUS”.
Doors open at 5:30pm at HARVEY’S COMEDY CLUB (436 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR) with the show beginning at 7:30pm. Admission for the event is $20. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Harvey’s Box Office or buying online or at the door on the night of the show.
Comedian SUSAN RICE remembers a gig she did in Montana with Floyd many years ago. “I didn’t know about Floyd’s health issues, that he had battled with kidney disease since he was a young man. Floyd had borrowed a car and driven himself to the venue. When the show was over he came over and told me he was taking off. I was driving myself and asked him why he was leaving. It was snowing hard and the roads were bound to be closed. He smiled and said he had to be somewhere in the early morning, and it was about 4 hours away. I asked him, ‘Where and why?’ Floyd looked down and said he needed dialysis and had to get to a center soon. I was floored. I asked him how come I didn’t know this? Why was this part of his life so secret? He smiled and said, ‘You know.’ And I did,” Rice recalls.
“We lose friends; some we have not seen for a long time but we feel the loss just the same. One more very, very funny guy has left us,” Susan adds. “We wonder when we’ll ‘get the light’ and in our narcissistic way, we hope someone will miss us too. You will be missed Floyd and you will be remembered. You were loved.”
Locally, Floyd’s passing has had a deep emotional impact. “He was an early founder to our scene, long before the trendy comedy boom hit,” explains Lonnie Bruhn, one of the organizers helping produce the show. “This has been especially sad for me and a few others like comedian Sharon Lacey. She first broke the heartbreaking news to our community. Sharon was instrumental in helping his family rally the initial funds necessary for his funeral. We both were close personal friends with Floyd along with others like past roommate, Dax Jordan. All three of us each played a small role in drumming up support. Dax added comics from around the country to a Facebook Group paying homage to our friend. The Group is a collection of stories comprised with equal parts comedy roast and sincere love. Just two days before his passing, Floyd called me, asking for help gaining access to his GoFundMe donations. Not realizing this would be the last time we’d speak, I told him I’d do everything I could to help. This is why I am so passionately involved with putting together this show. Our friendship was definitely a complicated love/hate relationship. He was despicable at times and he’d be the first to admit that. It’s also what made him a hilarious genius. Despite our history, the two of us shared a great deal of admiration, love and respect for each other. He was a true friend who I will dearly miss.”
All proceeds will go directly to Floyd’s surviving brother for remaining medical bills and funeral costs.