A good laugh for a good cause
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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The antics and surprises that take the stage at The Ritz for Professional Apothecary’s Gong Show are always entertainment at its best for The  American Cancer Society.
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home

The antics and surprises that take the stage at The Ritz for Professional Apothecary’s Gong Show are always entertainment at its best for The American Cancer Society.
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If there were ever an event that just has it all…the cause, the comedy and the overall craziness and just plain fun in store, this is it.

Hundreds, probably thousands, have been in the audience for Professional Apothecary’s once a year tribute to local talent-and lack thereof-with the shop’s fundraiser for The North Talladega Relay for Life.

The Gong Show, as it’s come to be known, is coming back Saturday night in full force for another outpouring of outstanding entertainment of the best-and worst-kind.

Professional Apothecary has sponsored a Relay for Life Team for about the past nine years, and support has been outstanding, said team member Kathy Shropshire.

“We were trying to find a way to raise money for the Relay for Life without just asking for money,” she said.

Their thoughts turned out to produce the idea of having The Gong Show, which has enjoyed such good support, Shropshire said.

“We raised more than $4,000 last year, thanks to the people who supported us,” she said.

The judges are all lined up for the occasion, and include State Rep. Steve Hurst, Dr. Wesley Harden and Dr. David Roberts.

Welcoming you as emcee this year will be Rusty Stephens.

The doors will open at Talladega’s Ritz Theatre at 5:30 p.m. and the entertainment begins with music from the band The Martins, who will play until show time at 6 p.m.

Admission is a donation of $5.

Among the entertainers are D. Wayne Forbus as everyone’s favorite performer who ever wore a jumpsuit, and the returning dangerous duo of Jon Adams and Jeff Lang as, well, family.

Adams and Lang have paired up in the past for Gong Show surprises and this year’s is a sure bet to be yet another big hit, Shropshire said.

Also on the list of entertainers this year are Ashleigh Chandler, Katie Smith, Victoria Stone, The Senior Swim Team, Revonda Stephens, Sharon Limbaugh, Jill Lackey, Amanda Stephens, Lesa Hart, Jane Burns, Tyler Clark, Dr. Caceres, , Darryl Green, Bryan Woods, Rachel Martin, Kailey Hobin, Ashley Gaither, Tasha Jemison and Lakelyn Gaither.

Relay for Life committee members will perform also with a square dancing group, an assortment of skits, along with singing comedy acts and other antics, Shropshire said.

“We just want to offer everyone a good time and the opportunity to help support our Relay for Life,” she said. “There are so many whose lives have been affected by cancer.”