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On the Town: Comedians help high school football stay ahead

If you visit your regular food market today, notice what seems to be a run on all manner of snack items and brewed beverages, and don't understand what's happening, the chances are better than good that you are not a fan or follower of one of the

National Football League

's 32 teams. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. this evening, the 93rd regular season of the NFL will officially kick off as the defending

Super Bowl

XLVI Champion

New York Giants

host the

Dallas Cowboys

at

MetLife Stadium

in East Rutherford, N.J.

For Burbankers who are football fans, they are aware that while the NFL season is just starting, the 2012 local high school campaigns are already underway. That awareness is acute for those who have taken on the charge of rallying financial support for Burbank's high school teams including the J.B. Arrowhead Club, the fundraising boosters of the John Burroughs High School Indians football program, who presented “The J.B. Arrowhead Club's Fourth Annual

Comedy

Night” this past week.

Players from the school's freshman, junior varsity and varsity gridiron teams, along with their coaches, fellow students, parents and family members, made up a contingent of close to 300 who shelled out $25 a person to eat, laugh and financially support the Indians. Following dinner, served in the school's quad and provided by Downtown Burbank's Alambres Fresh Mexican Grill, the assemblage made its way to the Burroughs auditorium for an evening of laughs provided by comedians Dean Delray, Darren Carter and Jorge “

DJ

Cooch” Aldama.

Delray, who has toured internationally with Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, the Wallflowers,

Tom Petty

,

Lenny Kravitz

and the Black Crowes, has also earned screen credits for his roles in feature films including “

Hell Ride

,” “

The Longshots

” and “

Noise

Matters.” Aldama, who, as “DJ Cooch,” made his mark as one of L.A.'s foremost nightclub disc jockeys, crossed over into stand-up in 2004. Fluent in English, Spanish and French, he has co-hosted

MTV's

“Rock the Vote” with

Ashton Kutcher

and is a regular opener for Latino star

Juan Gabriel

. Rounding out last week's comedic headliners was Carter, who has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Premium Blend” on

Comedy Central

and appeared in the 2005 film “Be Cool” with

John Travolta

.

Organized and produced by Julie Peppmuller, the mother of the Indians' current defensive lineman Bradley Peppmuller and 2011 quarterback Eli Peppmuller, who is now attending Western Oregon University, she was assisted in staging the evening by

Fabian

Ostina, Jill Heffley, Sonnie Monsalve and Bea Satmary.

“It is fundraising events like this that are providing the only financial support our football program receives,” said Peppmuller. “People don't realize, we do not receive any funding from the gate or the concession stand. This year, with the recent concern surrounding concussions, we needed to purchase 170 new helmets. That would have never happened without the financial support we get from players' parents, families and those who attend the fundraisers put on by the J.B. Arrowhead Club.”

DAVID LAURELL

can be reached by email

or (818) 563-1007.

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