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"TRIBUTE TO ED SULLIVAN" SLATED FOR JAN. 12 AT OCC
Friday, December 13, 2002

Comedian John Byner, singer Anna Maria Alberghetti, the Amazing Platters, and ventriloquist Todd Oliver will join forces to offer a "Tribute to Ed Sullivan" at Orange Coast College on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12.

The performance will also include a host of classic novelty acts.

Curtain is set for 4 p.m. in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre.

Sullivan hosted a wildly successful Sunday night variety series on CBS that ran from 1948 through 1971. For more than two decades Sullivan brought an incredible array of entertainment into American homes.

Byner's television career began in New York City in 1964 on "The Merv Griffin Talent Scouts Show." Soon thereafter, he appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Byner would perform on the Sullivan Show two dozen times over the next seven years. He made 30 guest appearances on "The Johnny Carson Show," and has done more than a dozen television specials. He also hosted "The John Byner Comedy Hour," for CBS.

Byner has done motion pictures and has guested on dozens of television series. His stand up career has included stops in Greenwich Village; The Copa Cabana, The Latin Quarter and The Rainbow Room in New York City; Harrah's, The Sahara, The Sands, Caesar's Palace, The Tropicana and The Hilton in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe; and he has toured the U.S., Canada and England.

Byner, by the way, does a devastating impression of Sullivan.

Alberghetti, who made her concert debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 13, has been a star of Broadway, motion pictures and television. She appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 53 times. She won a Tony Award for her starring role in the Broadway
musical, "Carnival." Alberghetti's film credits include "Here Comes the Groom," with Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman; "The Stars are Singing"; "The Last Command"; "Cinderfella," with Jerry Lewis; and "10,000 Bedrooms," with Dean Martin.

Classically trained, Alberghetti has performed in concert tours throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Latin America. She put her career on hold for many years to pursue the roles of wife and mother, but has enthusiastically returned to a world that she thoroughly enjoys -- show business.

The Amazing Platters have logged 16 Gold Record songs, including such classics as "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "You've Got the Magic Touch," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."

Ventriloquist Oliver has been a headliner in Branson, Mo., and has appeared with The Oak Ridge Boys in Las Vegas. He has guested on several television shows.
Advance reserved tickets for the concert, priced at $39, are on sale in OCC's Community Education Ticket Office, located adjacent to the college's library. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Advance discount tickets, priced at $37, are available to OCC students, senior citizens and children under 12. Tickets are available on-line at occtickets.com.

Tickets, if available, will be sold at the door for $43.

Tickets may be purchased by phone, using Visa, Discover or MasterCard. For information, phone (714) 432-5880. The toll-free number is (888) 622-5376.