Continental Club Offers Funny Business and a Good Cause

By Stephen Fitch

Everyone knows of many good causes that need help, and there are many great ways for people to support them. The Continental Club in West Oakland is a special kind of business that is willing to go the extra mile and help organizations that are making a difference in the community.
Under the new leadership of Pharaoh – s comedian, actor, and entrepreneur – the club is looking to give back to the community. There is a constant scholarship drive that is based on money from ticket sales, and there are also opportunities for organizations to do fundraisers.
The scholarship fund is something Pharaoh added to the mission statement of his company years ago. Ten percent of ticket sales is placed in a scholarship account. Each $1,000 in the account funds a scholarship to a local youth who is going to college.
 “I run a business based on mutual benefit – I provide a service, a place for people to laugh, dance, and be entertained in return for a fee,” said Pharaoh.
Pharaoh also is offering organizations a chance to fundraise. He is planning to bring back Pharaoh’s Phunny Phriday’s, which is a stand-up comedy show featuring national touring headliners.
The cost of the shows ranges from $10 – $15, and there is a two-item minimum, as with any comedy club. Non-profit, social, fraternal and youth organizations that would like to raise money can sell tickets to these shows and will be able to keep 50 percent of the revenue from ticket sales.
The Continental Club, at 1658 12th St. in Oakland, is open weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends after 10 a.m. Call (510) 673-8813 or go to www.continentalcomedy.com.

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