Comedian Stages Benefit for Japan


We see the devastation from the 9.0 earthquake in Japan and the subsequent tsunami and nuclear radiation leaks. Our hearts reach out to the victims of these disasters and we have an inner desire to want to help.

Comedian Scott Shimamoto of Pasadena has the perfect recipe to ease the pain on both sides of the Pacific. The ingredients to his recipe include smiles, friends and joining together for a cause.

He and local businessperson Nancy Hayata combined their efforts to coordinate a comedy show on March 26 at Zapata Vive Restaurant in Arcadia. There was a moment of silence for Japan, and then Shimamoto and other comedians brought on the laughter. The night was made even more enjoyable with raffle items donated by community members. More than $1,500 was raised.

On March 31, a presentation was made to the Japan Business Association President Hideki Takahashi.

“It felt so good to have raised so much money, and to see how generous the community is towards helping Japan,” said Shimamoto.

“When the waves of fundraisers cease, we will continue to strive to assist our homeland. They will continue to need our support for months to come,” said Hayata.

The two are currently planning another fundraiser, this time including musician Phyllis Chang, sometime in May. For further information, visit


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