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Jeff Ross To Host 4th Annual "Variety's Power Of Comedy" Event Presented By Xbox One And Honoring Jimmy Kimmel

November 6, 2013

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Joel McHale, David Spade, Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Kevin Nealon and Cleto and the Cletones to Perform Evening Benefitting The Noreen Fraser Foundation Sponsored by Amazon Studios, GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Variety is pleased to announce that Jeff Ross will be hosting their 4th Annual Variety's Power of Comedy event presented by Xbox One on November 16 at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. This entertaining evening of stand-up, sketch comedy and musical acts will feature performances by Joel McHale, David Spade, Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Kevin Nealon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! house band Cleto and the Cletones. The celebration will honor Jimmy Kimmel with the 2013 Variety's Power of Comedy Award, and will once again support The Noreen Fraser Foundation's mission of raising funds for women's cancer research. This year's gala is presented by Xbox One and sponsored by Amazon Studios, GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker and will bring together over six hundred VIP guests, including some of Hollywood's most talented comedians.

"The caliber of comedic talent for our 4th Annual Variety's Power of Comedy event is truly outstanding. We are thrilled to have Jeff Ross and so many wonderful performers join us in raising awareness for The Noreen Fraser Foundation," said Michelle Sobrino, Publisher, Variety. "With Xbox One, Amazon Studios, GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker generously providing their support to such a worthy cause, this is sure to be a memorable event and also one of the funniest rooms in Hollywood that night."

Tickets and tables are currently available for purchase at a variety of supporting levels via The Noreen Fraser Foundation's website and through Levy, Pazanti & Associates events. The event's presenting sponsor, Xbox One, will be showcasing the new entertainment system at the event just days prior to its highly-anticipated launch on November 22. Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system built for the 21st century living room -- introducing a new world of games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype, all personalized and accessible with the sound of your voice. For more information, visit www.xbox.com.

Guests attending Variety's Power of Comedy will be responsibly enjoying the legendary GUINNESS beer, as well as specialty cocktails featuring Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch, the world's number-one selling Scotch whisky brand. GUINNESS and Johnnie Walker remind you to drink responsibly.

About Variety Variety and Variety.com provide the industry with the most comprehensive coverage of motion pictures, television and the digital space. With respected and experienced news reporters in Los Angeles, New York and around the world, Variety marries its historic coverage of the entertainment business with a recently revamped website and weekly print magazine offering readers the in-depth news coverage needed to remain competitive in the ever-changing entertainment industry. The Variety Group - Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, LA 411, NY 411 - is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

About The Noreen Fraser Foundation The mission of the Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF) is to raise funds for women's cancer research and awareness of the importance of early detection. NFF supports translational cancer research aimed at developing new prevention methods, diagnostic tools and non-toxic therapies to treat women's cancers. Our hope is that until there are cures, women's cancers will become manageable diseases controlled with targeted therapies that protect patients' quality of life. While we focus on several types of cancers as opposed to just one, the research we fund is focused on making a real impact on women's lives quickly. Focused funding and focused research will afford us the best chance to make greater strides and give this generation more than just hope to pass on to the next generation. NFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About Xbox One Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system built for the 21st century living room -- introducing a new world of games, music, live TV, movies, sports, apps and Skype, all personalized to your interests and accessible with the sound of your voice. It delivers an all-new gaming and entertainment experience that will transform how you play, and is the most reliable service and rich entertainment all-in-one system that is built for the future.

About Amazon Studios Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series--one that's open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script and will then be notified within 45 days if that script is optioned. Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions and those who choose to make their projects public may also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community. Recently, Amazon Studios announced 11 new pilots including: kids pilots Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, The Maker Shack Agency and Wishenpoof!; comedy pilots Mozart in the Jungle, The Outlaws and Transparent; and drama pilots Bosch and The After. The pilots will be available on Amazon Instant Video and LOVEFiLM early next year for all customers to watch and provide feedback. This fall, Amazon Studios will debut its first comedy series Alpha House and Betas available exclusively on Prime Instant Video and Amazon LOVEFiLM in the UK. Since its launch, more than 19,000 movie scripts and 5,000 series projects have been submitted to Amazon Studios. Amazon Studios continues to invite series creators to upload their proposals for drama, comedy and children's programming at http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started/series or submit them privately via Amazon Studios. Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon's IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.

About GUINNESS(R) The GUINNESS(R) brand enjoys a global reputation as a uniquely authentic Irish beer and the best-selling stout in the world. Famous for its dark color, creamy head and unique surge and settle, this distinctive beer has been brewed at the St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland since 1759. Over 10 million glasses of GUINNESS beer are enjoyed every single day around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. GUINNESS beer is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. Also from the makers of GUINNESS, SMITHWICK'S, Ireland's oldest and best selling ale and HARP Lager, whose name pays tribute to the GUINNESS logo and the national symbol of Ireland. Additional information about the GUINNESS brand can be found at www.guinness.com.

About Johnnie Walker(R) Johnnie Walker is the world's number-one selling Scotch Whisky brand, representing the concept of personal progress for the many people who enjoy it in more than 200 countries worldwide, just as it did to John Walker, who founded the business in 1820. A combination of consumer insight, determination and commercial astuteness enabled three pioneering generations of Walkers to grow a small grocery store into an international Scotch whisky business selling stylish, globally recognized brands that today define the Scotch whisky category.

SOURCE Variety

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