The Great Neck News  - October 2, 2009


Comedian/Songwriter Evan Wecksell, a South High ’97 alum, is using his talents to raise money for "Fight For Kids".

Maybe feverishly touring colleges and living out of a suitcase was not enough of a challenge for Great Neck native, comedian Evan Wecksell. Well, he is about to find out how challenging it is touring a country while training for a marathon.

Beginning Sunday, August 23, the guitar-playing comedian who most recently performed on "America's Got Talent" in front of David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, will embark on his 2009 Run Evan Run Tour.

At press time, the tour takes Wecksell through 15 states, supporting his Theta Chi Fraternity’s recruitment effort, and Jewish organizations on college campuses.

A new addition to Evan's performance schedule is that he will join wife and actress Kelly Meyersfield on stage for performances of "College The Musical: A Musical About College." Written by Meyersfield and Wecksell, the two-person show features their original songs performed around the story of a freshman girl who goes off to college and experiences the drama of college life. The musical comedy touches on such issues as casual sex, alcoholism and sexually-transmitted diseases.

What makes this tour different from past ones is that Evan will also dedicate time to training for the ING New York City Marathon which takes place on November 1.

"I hadn't been running that much, because I didn't have something to train for," explains Wecksell. "This is a big something."

Long-distance running is no stranger to Wecksell who ran varsity track and cross-country at Great Neck South High School (Wecksell is a 1997 graduate) and later on at Tufts University. He also trained extensively for his 2008 appearance on the Sci-Fi reality game show "CHA$E."

Wecksell also will take his marathon experience to the next level by fundraising concurrently for "Fight for Kids," a campaign launched by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit public benefit organization. The campaign combats the psychiatric over-drugging and labeling of children while educating and offering alternatives for concerned parents.

The fundraising campaign has already garnered support from Evan's family, friends and fellow artists.

His mother is Marilyn Wecksell, a teacher at Manhasset High, and his father is Dr Alan Wecksell who just retired after 38 years at North Shore University Hospital.

"This is such an important cause," affirms Anthony d'Mattia, also known as Long Island singer/songwriter fIZ. "It is so rewarding to give back and help children."

To take his cause online, Evan set up He will also be selling "College The Musical: A Musical About College" soundtracks at all his shows to benefit "Fight for Kids."

Comedian and Singer-Songwriter Evan Wecksell's act is a blend of comedy and music that celebrates the college experience, makes fun of relationships, and pays tribute to Miley Cyrus. Recently signed to National Lampoon Records, his comedy has been played on radio stations all over the world including the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento Radio Show. Evan has also appeared on such pop-culture shows as VH1's "I Love the 80s" and E! Television's "30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds." He is represented by DCA Productions at For complete tour information, visit

"Fight For Kids" is a campaign launched by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit public benefit organization that has been the most effective international group to help achieve legislative protections against abusive psychiatric treatment and drugging of children. For more information on Fight for Kids, visit, and to assist Evan in his fundraising, visit

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