Let’s just say that featuring a Philly Comic under these circumstances isn’t exactly what I had planned. Believe me when I say that Danny Ozark’s time as a featured comedian on this website was inevitable and that the circumstances surrounding this particular incident is unfortunate, but if there’s any reason to feature him at this time, it’s this:
If there’s anyone who has shown unwavering support of most of Philadelphia’s comedy scene, it’s comedian Danny Ozark. Considered to be one of Philadelphia’s veteran comics and promoters of comedy, Danny has had a great deal (if not a majority) of Philadelphia’s comedians on his stage, which is considered to be one of the major stepping stones for working comedians in Philadelphia.
Unfortunately, Danny was assaulted and robbed on his way home on the night of August 5th. Personal items which had great sentimental (and financial) value to him were taken from his person in addition to physical injuries that were inflicted on him.
Fortunately, concerned members of Philly Comedy have been kind enough to start a fund raiser to support Danny for lost items and damages done. Being as big a figure in the Philadelphia comedy community as he is, it would only make sense for those who Danny has supported over the years to return the favor in any way possible. It goes without saying that Philly Comedy is a closely knit group of performing artists and that when one of our own can be helped, we can do so if possible.
The initiation of this fund raiser was the work of concerned Philly Comedians such as Mike Rainey, Dan Eastman, the comedy group “Comedians for a Cause”. There won’t be a commercial with slow-motion profile shots of Danny on a screen while a Sarah McLachlin track is played, but I encourage those who know and have been supported by Danny to consider returning the favor in any way.
There is a
concerning the matter where those who are willing to contribute to the cause of helping one of Philly Comedy’s prominent figures.
I’m happy to say that although the physical damage done to Danny was severe, he is recovering and in good spirits.