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News in Salem

Published on Monday, July 2, 2018

Comedy Night Benefits Amy Daulton Scholarship

Another night of unique professional comedy is coming to Virginia’s Blue Ridge on Saturday, July 21. The non-stop night of jokes will benefit the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship that honors talented 1990 Salem High School graduate, Amy Daulton, who passed away in 2015.

After leaving Salem, Daulton went on to become a stand-up and improv comedian, based both in Los Angeles and New York City.  She delighted audiences with her unique combination of sharp wit and great physical comedy talent.  Amy was a member of the LA Groundlings, the Fred Willard & Friends improv group and she appeared on Saturday Night Live.

Five stand-up comedians will showcase their skills at this year’s event, including Omar Capra, who has appeared in the movies, Spiderman, Homecoming and Thirteen. He will be joined by Chris Calogero, the host of the Daulton-inspired Mourning Coffee podcast and Emily Winter, who has been featured in the New Yorker magazine and on SiriusXM, Buzzfeed and TV Land.

Shelley Hamilton is making a return appearance to the event that also will have some local favor this year.  Salem resident and Clifton Forge native Melissa Douty is coming home to help make the worthwhile cause a success. In addition, some performance videos of Daulton also will be shown during the show.

“Amy was a classmate of mine at Salem High School and I feel like this is an appropriate way to honor her memory and celebrate her life and the many talents she always shared with others,” says Tommy McDonald, Salem Educational Foundation President. “This scholarship will be awarded to a female Salem High School senior planning to pursue a career in comedy or acting.”


Holiday Inn Valley View

3315 Ordway Dr. NW, Roanoke

Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance for

$25 single - $40 couple and available at

Tickets are $30 cash per person at the door

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