Jokers and Jazz

Jokers and Jazz Bash 2023

Each April, DSSW holds its annual Bash, celebrating community and leadership, while raising dollars for its programs and services. This year’s event returns to an in-person event, with a nod to the roaring 20’s! The jazz band will set the vibe, along with a fun silent auction, a catered meal and an hour of comedy from a nationally-recognized comedian!

Proceeds remain local and support upcoming programs, including Summer of Discovery, and the Mobile Morning Truck initiative.

Evening Schedule

Kansas Aviation Museum • 3350 George Washington Blvd., Wichita, KS

6-7pm – Cocktail Hour

7pm – Dinner and awards program

8:30pm – Comedy Hour

2023 Bash Honorees

Announcement coming soon!

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Evening Comedian:
Andy Forrester

Andy Forrester has been performing comedy since 1999 and his brand of off the wall humor has made him a club favorite all across the country. His high energy and animated routines have landed him spots opening for such headliners as Marc Maron, Tom Segura, Leanne Morgan, Louie Anderson and Gilbert Gottfried.

His likeable, self-deprecating, fun and easy going style is friendly to everyone as he walks you through the mind and life of the man many call BiG”A”. Family, movies, a love of a food, traveling, and living with his two little girls are a treat for everyone to hear about the funny life of this family man.

Andy’s comedy career seems to have been a lifetime in the making, but officially started in 1999 when he joined the local Improv Comedy troupe in Raleigh, NC, Comedy Sportz. From there he began honing his ability to make people laugh without a script, or a clue, eventually becoming one of the premier performers at the newly named Comedy Worx.

In 2005 Andy performed at his first Open Mic at the famous Goodnight’s Comedy Club in Raleigh, NC, and from there things took off. In 2008 Andy won the title of Ultimate Comic at the Idiot Box in Greensboro, NC. April of 2013 he won the Louisville, KY satellite of the World Series of Comedy, and was part of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival that same year. In 2014 he was chosen to participate in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He filmed his first TV spot as part of the PureFlix Comedy All-Stars program alongside Louie Anderson. In 2018 he filmed something special with legendary comedian Killer Beaz in Nashville, TN at Zanies as part of the brand new TheComedyBuzz.com. In April of 2019 he taped his Dry Bar Comedy Special “Most Of This Is Baby Fat” in Provo, UT, which was released in August of that same year to much fanfare. He was also recently feature on the new show on the ‘Circle’ network “Stand Up Nashville – Live From Zanies!” hosted by Henry Cho.

Andy is a husband and father of two daughters that will be the death of him. He also happens to be an accomplished artist with a BFA in Graphic Design, so when he’s not traveling or performing or being a stay at home dad, he’s drawing pretty pictures.

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Event Sponsors

We would be thrilled to have your support. Please consider joining us as an event sponsor this year. Proceeds remain local and support upcoming programs, including Summer of Discovery, and the Mobile Morning Truck initiative.