The Benefit with Friends

The Benefit With Friends Variety Fun-Raiser is a music, comedy, and film variety show, presented by Jack Shaw, to support various cause while having fun.

The NoHoArtsDistrict dot com team loves to highlight folks doing great things in the neighborhood. Because, like we always say: “NoHo is only as great as its people.” So when someone combines music, comedy and film to raise funds for charity, we listen. When this someone happens to be teenager, we give a big round of applause. Meet Jack. He’s doing a FUN-raiser benefit this Saturday, August 20 at 7PM at Secret Rose. Bravo, Jack.

What is The Benefit with Friends?

About a year ago I wanted to put on a variety sketch show like Saturday Night Live. Then I thought to send the profits to charities and turned the show into a benefit variety show, in which my friends perform music, comedy, and show their films. Eventually, the first show came together beautifully on December 11, 2015, raising 500 dollars for various charities. I tried to continue its following with the Facebook page is called The Benefit With Friends Variety Fun-Raiser.

What’s the lineup?

The lineup for this Saturday is made up of my friends, hence The Benefit With Friends. The performers are New Yesterday (band), Igs (musician), a sketch comedy short video, King Sized Bishop (band), promtional videos from the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence and LA Family Housing (LAFH), Jasmine Sozi and Emily Mavromates (singer and guitarist), a bottle flipping contest, and a Lip Sync Battle. I open the show with a small comedy monologue.

Why did you choose to do a benefit and not keep the profits? And Why these charities in particular? (BRAVO!)

I wanted to do a benefit instead of a show for profits because I wanted to help my community and, depending on the organization, possibly communities everywhere. I have always been so disgusted by gun violence and the NRA’s control in politics, so I looked to the Brady Campaign to help combat gun violence. I volunteered at LAFH last year for most of the year and thought it was a fantastic organization. I also incorporate SafeMoves because my friend Will’s mother is the president, she wanted to be involved, and I was happy to have her.

Who is Jack?

I am 17 and just started my senior year at Cleveland High School (the humanities magnet). I used to act in middle school plays, I stopped for high school, and now I may want to start again, on a professional level. I love to make little videos, I am constantly writing sketch comedy bits, and I can’t sing for my life.

Making people laugh is the best feeling in the world to me and hopefully creativity and comedy lies in my future. After college, I want to work at an advertising agency as the creative director for products like Old Spice.


Benefit with Friends Variety show fun-raiser


Saturday, August 20 at 7PM


The Secret Rose Theatre
11246 Magnolia Blvd.
NoHo Arts District 91601


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