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All Star Virtual Comedy Fundraiser: Comics Stand up for Anton & Mari Set for Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7 PM PST/10 PM EST

Top Comedians Ritch Shydner, Alonzo Bodden, Mark Brazill, Laura House, Jackie Kashian, and Eugenia Kuzmina Set to Perform in Support of Emmy-Winning Producer Anton Maillie and Wife Mari Fuentes and Their Fight with ALS

Los Angeles, February 9, 2021 – Some of the world’s top names in comedy have banded together for the upcoming All-Star Zoom Comedy Fundraiser: Comics Stand Up For Anton & Mari, in support of their friends, Emmy-winning commercial producer Anton Maillie and his wife Mari Fuentes and their battle with ALS.  The live, free Zoom event is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 7 PM PST/10 PM EST.


Anton Maillie is an American film and television producer who was awarded an Emmy for his work on the memorable CNN commercial Why We Go.   One year ago, Anton was diagnosed with a “terminal disease.” After over four years of deteriorating health, it was determined he had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Today, Anton is wheelchair-bound, has lost 90% use of his arms and legs, and his speech is declining daily. Spiritually, emotionally and mentally, Anton is a fighter and is holding his own, but ALS is a hideous disease. His wife Mari is his sole caretaker.

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Viewers will be asked to support the couple’s GoFundMe campaign.

Host Ritch Shydner, who has frequently appeared on Letterman, Leno, and Carson, has curated a lineup of stand-up comics to perform on this one night only virtual event.

“They say that laughter is the best medicine,” comments Shydner. “Over the years, our friend Anton Maillie has helped and supported his friends unconditionally. We decided to have this special comedy fundraiser for Anton and Mari,  in support of their fundraising efforts.  We feel that both laughter AND friendship are truly the best medicines of all!”

Shydner will be joined by Alonzo Bodden, the season three winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Bodden has since starred in two comedy specials for Showtime and made appearances on The Tonight Show and Conan.


Mark Brazill, a hilarious stand-up comic, though he’s best-known as one of the co-creators and writers of Fox’s That 70’s Show, and producer and writer of NBC’s 3rd Rock From The Sun.

Laura House, a headlining comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy Central, and NBC. She also created and starred on MTV’s cult hit tv comedy Austin’s Stories.


Jackie Kashian, a highly regarded stand-up comedian whose credits include multiple appearances on Conan, a half-hour special on Comedy Central, and many other TV appearances.

Eugenia Kuzmina, an actress, model, and comedian who does stand-up shows at The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, and Flappers in Los Angeles, and has been seen in roles on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, ABC, and Fox.


Additional performers may be added.

In January, Lisa Poggi and Don Anderson, producers of the critically acclaimed documentary Brothers in Arms, and former News Corp. executive Marty Pompadur joined together with industry colleagues to launch a GoFundMe campaign in support of Emmy-winning producer Anton Maillie and his battle with the terrible disease ALS, along with sole caregiver and wife, Tonick Films founder Mari Fuentes.

Friends David Palmer, a former member of Steely Dan, award-winning producers Rob McLeod (American Idol, The Proposal, Don’t, and others) and Cindy Caponera (Nurse Jackie, Shameless, At Home with Amy Sedaris, and others), award-winning commercial directors Nick Piper, Ken Arlidge and Klaus Obermeyer, actors Nancy Allen, Judy Kain and Jack McGee, former NFL/NHL senior executive Perry Cooper, casting director Kristy Carlson (Wonder Woman 1984), and senior executives from Backyard Productions and Rocket Films are also on board to lend their support to the campaign.

The GoFundMe “Let’s help Anton & Mari fight ALS” hopes to raise funds to cover the costs of a caregiver.  The couple is grateful for the support of the ALS Golden West Chapter.

About Anton Maillie  Anton Maillie is an Emmy Award-winning American film and television commercial producer. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America as a 1st AD and UPM. Born and raised in New York, Anton headed south to attend the University of Miami. An accounting major during those initial weeks at college, he was introduced to the world of filmmaking as a major, quickly switched, and never looked back. His love for production has taken him around the globe working with many A-list celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. With over 30 years’ experience producing television commercials and short and feature films, Anton has worked with a diverse group of directors, such as James Mangold, Ericson Core, Klaus Obermeyer, Nicholas Piper, and many more.

Anton is married and is the stepdad to two amazing boys. He is an avid long-distance runner and the 153rd man on the planet to have completed a marathon on all seven continents. Anton is a devoted philanthropist and the creator of weSPARK Cancer Support Center’s charity 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk, located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Anton sits on the Board of Directors for weSPARK.

About Mari Fuentes Starting out as a young fashion model living off of Top Ramen noodles in Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, Mari spent time not only in front of the camera but also behind. That experience and excitement ultimately led to life in the commercial world, where she happily resides today. Along the way, she honed her project and business management skills working on innovative technology at Microsoft Corp. After moving to LA, Mari began producing and technical directing large scale live events, often with limited budgets. Being passionate about the creative process, Mari began to executive produce live-action projects and refined her skill to resolve 95% of problems before they happen. Spending nearly a lifetime in the entertainment industry, it was only logical for Mari to create Tonick Films. Mari is a self-proclaimed technical nerd, master organizer, and Morrissey lover.

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