He called himself Mort Snotlocker, and that’s how plenty of Milwaukeeans knew him as he joked around on WKLH-FM (96.5). Plenty more recognized him from his antics as an improvisational comedy performer since the early days of ComedySportz.

His given name was Angelo Farina, although he also went by Tony and Blaze. Last month, at 57, he died of pancreatic cancer. To help his family and pay tribute to the wit he shared and the courage he showed, ComedySportz is presenting a special show at

7 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at 420 S. 1st St.

From the announcement:

“The show is open to the public and is a fundraiser for Angelo’s family to help cover funeral costs. There is a suggested donation of $25 each.  No reservations are needed.

Veteran ComedySportz players, including founder Dick Chudnow, Bob Orvis, Paul Staszak, Tom New, Brian Green, Joe Cortese and Holly Ignatowski will perform.  Some of Angelo’s favorite games will be played in typical ComedySportz competitive matches.” 

Tickets include food and beverages from Howie’s Grille, with a cash bar.

Read more about Angelo Farina and see a photo gallery in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His is a story of persevering through personal adversity using comedy to cope and to keep life in perspective.

Joe Cortese, a lifelong friend, said this about Angelo in the show’s announcement:

“So many people in Milwaukee have been touched by Angelo’s comedy, either on WKLH as Mort Snotlocker or by attending a ComedySportz show. He was always happiest on stage at ComedySportz so I can’t think of a better place to remember him and allow people to send him off with a final round of applause.”

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