Written by Danny Pitt Stoller Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
Just in case a nationwide comedy tour wasn’t enough of a challenge, Evan Wecksell has taken on another. The guitar-playing comedian and Great Neck native (South High School, Class of 1997) is touring the country while training for a marathon.
The 2009 Run Evan Run Tour began on Aug. 23 and will continue through Nov. 1, the day of the ING New York City Marathon. So Evan still has more time to work out, run, sing and tell jokes, and driving to the next gig. If he has any down time, he can be seen back in Great Neck running his hometown streets.
Besides the comedy-music routine that most recently gained fame on America’s Got Talent, Wecksell is performing in College the Musical: A Musical About College, a full-length musical comedy he co-wrote with his wife and fellow performer Kelly Meyersfield, also from Great Neck (South High School, Class of 1996). The two-person show tells the story of a freshman girl who goes off to college and grapples with such issues as casual sex, alcoholism and sexually transmitted diseases.
Evan has some experience as a long-distance runner, having run varsity track and cross-country at Great Neck South and Tufts University. He also trained extensively for his 2008 appearance on the Sci-Fi reality game show CHA$E. But he “hadn’t been running that much” in recent years because, he explained, “I didn’t have something to train for.” The New York City marathon, on the other hand, is “a big something.”
A big something for a big cause: Evan’s run in the marathon will support the “Fight for Kids” campaign launched by the nonprofit organization Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).”Fight for Kids” seeks to resist the psychiatric over-drugging and labeling of children by educating and offering alternatives to parents. Evan is also selling College The Musical: A Musical About College soundtracks at all his shows to benefit “Fight for Kids.”
Upcoming show dates include Nov. 9 at Texas State University-San Marcos and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. And the show keeps going, even after the marathon, with a College performance scheduled for Nov. 20 at Mercer County Community College in Princeton, NJ.
Visit www.funnyevanmarathon.com to contribute to the cause, and to get up-to-date information on upcoming shows.