Comedy Nite raises laughs, funds for Soroptimist

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal Staff Writer
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Bellowing laughs and non-stop chuckles filled the event center at The Ridge Saturday night during Soroptimist's annual Comedy Nite. I think it went great, said Jeanette Yetka, Soroptimist International of Auburn member and ticket sales chairwoman for the comedy night. It was probably our best turnout yet. This year's night of laughter featured America's funniest grandma Mrs. Hughes (Carol Hughes) and stand-up comedian Beth Schumann. Yetka said she estimated that more than 350 people attended the fundraiser, some coming from as far as Milpitas, Santa Rosa and San Francisco. There was a lot of buzz from people outside of the area, Yetka said. People have heard of Mrs. Hughes. They heard she was going to be here and wanted to see her. Hughes began performing comedy at the age of 40. Her hour-long act touched on issues including parenting, hot flashes and husbands. I've been married a long time ” so long my oldest daughter is my age, Hughes said to a roaring audience. I didn't mean to be married this long, I stayed around the last 10 years just to piss him off. Schumann, who opened for Hughes, touched on high-stress jobs, divorce, weight gain and medication. I filled up my gas tank today, Schumann said after talking about her 1987 Chevrolet that she said has almost 300,000 miles on it. I tripled my Blue Book value. Auburn resident Nancy Miller attended the show with her husband, Tarry Miller. Tonight is my birthday so my friends surprised me and brought me, Miller said. It has been a lot of fun. We love to laugh and tonight it is for a good cause. The Millers said they were excited to see a comedy show in Auburn. It's nice to find something new to do in Auburn, Tarry Miller said. I'm really glad they host something like this. The show was preceded by door prizes, a silent auction and a live auction. Auction items and door prizes included a Thomas Kinkade painting, wine tasting for 10 at Vina Castellano winery in Auburn, golf packages, a $400 gift certificate to Monkey Cat and multiple bottles of Naggiar wine. Yetka said the final numbers from Saturday night's auctions won't be available for several days, but that she is certain Soroptimist made a profit. It will be turned right back into the community, she said. Comedy Nite was sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, Open Door Catering, Maki Heating & Air Conditioning, Harris Industrial Gases and Auburn Iron Works, Double Bar A Enterprises, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Auburn Placer Disposal Service. All proceeds from the show go to Soroptimist's programs including scholarships and support for the Placer Women's Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at