Friday, May 2, 2008

ING Direct "Funny Money?!" Event on May 21st, 2008

I'm going to be participating in an event on May 21st in conjunction with ING Direct NY Cafe. The event is geared toward engaging artists and performers to think about the ways they use money to take care of themselves. Below is the press release. If you are interested in the event and are in the New York area I encourage you to RSVP to and stop by. All attendees are eligible to sign up for a savings account that starts with a $25 balance, and there are raffles for other financial prizes.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Katie Northlich, ING DIRECT NY Café,, 302-255- 3394; Diana Santana, ING DIRECT NY Café,, 302-255-3407.

New York, NY (5/01/2008)–ING DIRECT NY Café, The Actors Fund, and comedians Rick Younger, Keith Alberstadt, and Mike Siscoe team up to present FUNNY MONEY?!, a night of entertaining and informative dialogue on financial challenges artists and performers face in New York City. On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 6:30PM at the ING DIRECT NY Café (45 E. 49 Street, between Park and Madison Avenues), these hilarious comedians lighten up the crowd for the financial solutions provided by Amanda Clayman of The Actors Fund and the savings solutions of ING DIRECT. Entry is free. Food, beverage, and door prizes are provided. Please RSVP to by May 19, 2008.

Rick Younger has made audiences around the nation roll in laughter. From television to the Broadway stage, Rick’s performances have shined on BET's Comic View, It's Showtime at the Apollo, NBC's Last Comic Standing, NBC’s The Today Show, the Broadway musical RENT and popular national commercials for Verizon, Staples, and McDonald’s. His current status as star of The Rick Younger Show, featuring Dean Edwards (SNL) and Todd Lynn (My Wife and Kids), allows Rick to give the audience what they need most – the joy of laughter and the comedic energy of Rick Younger.

Keith Alberstadt has entertained audiences nationwide with his easy-going sense of humor and approachable personality. Appearing on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show, The John Boy and Billy Show (radio), and the Boston Comedy and Film Festival, Keith delivers consistently entertaining performances. He has traveled the globe entertaining U.S. troops in Kuwait, Iraq, and beyond, and has been featured on Country Music Television's "Funniest Video Countdown" and "Greatest Redneck Moments." Keith is a contributing writer for National Lampoon's syndicated "Sports Minute" and for The Complete Sheet, a nationally broadcasted radio show.

Mike Siscoe’s quick-witted, high energy shows keep audiences laughing for hours. Voted funniest comic in San Diego by The Reader (1999), Mike began his stand-up career in 1997 at the world-famous Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA and was soon opening for Tommy Davidson, Jeff Altman, Mitch Hedberg, Margaret Cho and Richard Jeni. Now based in NYC, Mike performs at marquee clubs including Gotham, The Laugh Factory, The Improv, Dangerfield’s, and The Laugh Lounge. He has also been featured in national television commercials.

ING DIRECT, fsb is best known as the revolutionary on-line savings bank whose mission is to “Lead Americans back to Savings.” Operating in the US for 8 years, ING DIRECT has stayed ahead of competitors by providing exceptional customer service, high yielding savings products with no minimum requirements and no monthly fees, and through its innovative Cafés, the face-to-face interaction with the internet bank. ING DIRECT NY Café is the only one of its kind in the NY region and is a focal point for customer interaction and outreach.

The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps professionals in performing arts and entertainment by providing programs and services such as supportive and affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, employment and training services, and skilled nursing and assisted living care for those in need, crisis, or transition.
Amanda Clayman, a pioneer in the field of Financial Wellness, counsels individuals and couples on the topic and has developed a number of workshops that support the unique financial challenges facing entertainment industry and performing arts professionals.

Media: For information, press inquires, or interviews, please contact Katie Northlich, ING DIRECT,, 302-255- 3394, or Diana Santana,, 302-255-3407. For more information on the comedians or institutions, please visit;;;; or