Menil Chuckles

Men of Menil's black-tie dinner is played for laughs with side-splitting comedy

Men of Menil's black-tie dinner is played for laughs in comic evening

Men of Menil 2016 Collin Gerry
Collin Gerry cracks up at the Just for Laffs! entertainment Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Men of Menil 2016 Co-Chairs Danny David, Bill Stewart, Brad Bucher, and George Kelly
The evening's co-chairs were Danny David, Bill Stewart, Brad Bucher and George Kelly. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Men of Menil 2016 Opening Act, Comedian Matthew Broussard
Rice graduate Matthew Broussard was the opening act. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gerald and Jackson Smith at Men of Menil 2016
Gerald Smith, Jackson Smith. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Bill White and Charlie Leykum at Men of Menil 2016
Bill White, Charlie Leykum. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Headliner comedian Andrew Norelli at Men of Menil 2016
Comic Andrew Norelli was the featured attraction. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
David Petersen, Menil Curator of Collections Paul Davis, Mark Wawro, Alex Kaplan at Men of Menil 2016
David Petersen, Paul Davis, Mark Wawro, Alex Kaplan. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Paul Perea, Joe Karlgaard, Bobby Tudor, Keith Fullenweider, Val Angelkov, and Walker Moody at Men of Menil 2016
Paul Perea, Joe Karlgaard, Bobby Tudor, Keith Fullenweider, Val Angelkov, Walker Moody. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Men of Menil 2016
The light sculptures of Dan Flavin shine down on the Menil of Menil dinner. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Bill Cannady, Tom Caughlin, and Menil Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Toby Kamps at Men of Menil 2016
Bill Cannady, Tom Caughlin, Toby Kamps. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Men of Menil 2016 Bill Curtis, Reggie Smith, David Pustka, and Jim Higgason
 Bill Curtis, Reggie Smith, David Pustka, Jim Higgason.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Jeff Hepper, Michael Gamson at Men of Menil dinner
Jeff Hepper, Michael Gamson. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Men of Menil 2016 Collin Gerry
Men of Menil 2016 Co-Chairs Danny David, Bill Stewart, Brad Bucher, and George Kelly
Men of Menil 2016 Opening Act, Comedian Matthew Broussard
Gerald and Jackson Smith at Men of Menil 2016
Bill White and Charlie Leykum at Men of Menil 2016
Headliner comedian Andrew Norelli at Men of Menil 2016
David Petersen, Menil Curator of Collections Paul Davis, Mark Wawro, Alex Kaplan at Men of Menil 2016
Paul Perea, Joe Karlgaard, Bobby Tudor, Keith Fullenweider, Val Angelkov, and Walker Moody at Men of Menil 2016
Men of Menil 2016
Bill Cannady, Tom Caughlin, and Menil Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Toby Kamps at Men of Menil 2016
Men of Menil 2016 Bill Curtis, Reggie Smith, David Pustka, and Jim Higgason
Jeff Hepper, Michael Gamson at Men of Menil dinner

What: Men of Menil 2016 A Night of Comedy Just for Laffs!

Where: Richmond Hall.

The scoop: In past years, the Menil Collection's annual for-men-only fundraiser has featured such entertainment as sumo wrestling, table tennis, fencing and magic tricks. This time around organizers decided to play it for laughs, showcasing World Series of Comedy winner Andrew Norelli, a stand-up comic known for his regular guy jokes that riff on everyday interactions and frustrations in life.

Matthew Broussard, who was once named Houston's Funniest Person and now lives in Los Angeles, got the evening off to a funny start with jokes about his '80s movie villain looks, his life as a rising comedian who works in the college comedy circuit, and his time at Rice University, where he received a degree in applied mathematics. Master of ceremonies Pat Hazell, one of the original writers of Seinfeld, also kept the black-tie crowd of 170 in stitches.

The crowd was also treated to a dinner of osso buco, assorted vegetables and coconut mouse bombe prepared by Jackson and Company and served amid the David Flavin light sculptures and cigars and brandy afterwards in a special outdoor tent.

Who: Co-chairs Brad Bucher, Danny David, George Kelly and Bill Stewart, who were thrilled that the evening raised more than $332,000, Menil interim director Thomas Rhoads, Bobby Tudor, Mark Wawro, Gerald Smith, Jackson Smith, Menil curator of collections Paul Davis, Menil chief conservator Brad Epley, Menil curator of modern and contemporary art Toby Kamps, Paul Davis, Alex Kaplan, Keith Fullenweider, Bill White, Val Angelkov, Walker Moody, Bill Curtis, Denis Boulle, and Reggie Smith.

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