Comics for a Cure has sold out for the past two years in a row, and event chair Jeff Robinson hopes this year proves no different.

Comics for a Cure has sold out for the past two years in a row, and event chair Jeff Robinson hopes this year proves no different.

The show, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society event Relay For Life, raised between $14,000 and $15,000 last year. This year, Robinson wants the show to raise more than $15,000.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Strand Theatre. Comedians Dino Tripodis, Kay Frances, and Tom Foss will perform. Patrons also may try their luck at a raffle and auction that includes an overnight stay at Maumee Bay State Park on Lake Erie, and Ohio State football and Columbus Blue Jackets tickets.

"We raise money for a good cause," said Robinson, who will serve as master of ceremonies.

The comedians slated to perform are a mixture of regional and local talent.

Tripodis, known as the morning host on Sunny 95 radio, has also made appearances at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Frances, of Wilmington, has appeared on NBC's America's Funniest People and Lifetime Cable's "Girls' Night Out." Tom Foss has been a regular on the Bob and Tom Show and has also performed overseas for troops, Robinson said.

"We try to get a good mix every year," Robinson said.

Robinson said he usually tries to find comedians that he has worked with, or are recommended by people he knows.

Tripodis performed at Comics for a Cure's very first show.

"His comedy act is in some ways an extension of his radio personality," Robinson said.

Since Saturday night traditionally is a big night for comedy, Robinson said he appreciates the comedians' participation.

"They choose to come and donate their time for this," he said.

This is the show's ninth year and its fourth year at the Strand, which seats 300 people, Robinson said. Everything is volunteer and donation-driven.

Robinson, who lost his mother to cancer in 1983, started Comics for a Cure in 2003. The comedy coupled with the cause was a good fit for him, since he had enjoyed doing part-time work as a stand-up comedian since high school and college.

After suggesting it to the American Cancer Society staff, Robinson had only six weeks to put together the first event. Held at the former Delaware Hotel, the initial show brought in between $5,000 and $6,000. The show has grown since then; Robinson has brought in comedians from Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., for past shows.

Michelle Lobdell, who has helped with the event since its inception, said that the fight against cancer is a cause that people can rally around. "It's something that gets very close to home for just about everybody," Lobdell said.

Robinson said that every little bit they can do will go toward the cause. "We're just trying to do our part and have a good time doing it," he said.

To purchase tickets, visit the Strand Theatre or call (740) 816-3534. Tickets are $30 for the middle front section, $25 for the middle back section and $20 for the left and right wings. The event's Facebook page is