By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Hesperia)— Tonight, friends, family, and community members alike will come together in memory of Kyle Hunt at the Oasis HD Church in Hesperia for The Kyle Hunt Comedy Benefit Show.
A longtime resident of Apple Valley, Hunt passed away on July 29th after a yearlong battle with cancer. Known for his positive attitude and unique laugh, Hunt tirelessly battled the disease while trying to not let it bring down his spirits. Tonight, his friends and family have created an event to remember Hunt with laughter, music, art and more, with all proceeds going to help with Kyle’s medical expenses.
The show hosts an array of comedians from comedy clubs around California, including Luis Villasenor, JT Turner, Anthony Stone, Travis Tapleshay, Ian Lasky & Doug Curry, with Matthew Piccione being the host for the night. Live music will also be on hand by Just A Bunch Of Musicians, along with art by Chris Hernandez.
Apple Valley resident and good friend of Kyle’s, Chris Hernandez spoke to us about Kyle, “I met Kyle in 2000 when I was hired at Best Buy. He was the best computer tech everyone could go to. A tall guy in stature but was the friendliest and funniest guy I knew. He and I hung out more when I moved right behind him. From that point on, we just literally jumped each other’s fences to hang out. Just recently he was diagnosed with melanoma and shortly after they discovered that he had brain tumors. He had them removed and was running around, back at work, and hanging out with friends shortly after. He then went in for a second brain surgery to remove another tumor and then began treatments at City of Hope. Kyle never gave up and always told everyone he was beating cancer and never to act bent or upset. Kyle was always in good cheers even though he mentioned a few times that the pain was equivalent to getting hit in the head with a baseball bat a few times! Regardless, he still came over regularly and we’d play Super Nintendo and BBQ.”
Chris, a local artist with a recent children’s book release in Victorville, commented on the extremely difficult time when he heard his friend had passed away. “I’ll never forget the Monday after our book release, finding out that my friend Kyle passed away, leaving a huge hole in this world, but leaving an amazing legacy of strength and courage! His mom Nicci, Step-dad Rob and sister Keely are the toughest people I know. They have been through so much and are such an amazing inspiration to my family and many, many others.”
Some might think: why a comedy benefit show? For those that knew him, it’s a perfect fit, as Chris explains, “Well Kyle loved having fun and of course he had this really unique laugh that everyone laughed at! Rather than have a service, Kyle’s parents agreed that we should all gather and celebrate his life. I have heard of some of these comics that will be there and what I expect is to have friends wake up Saturday morning with side-aches from laughing and of course my artwork that I am donating 100% of to his family. Some of these comics have performed at the improv and others are local including my friend Matt Piccione, who is such an awesome friend for putting this all together. Life threw us all a curveball and all of Kyle’s family and friends stepped up and want to knock it out of the park!”
The show starts at 7 p.m. tonight and takes place at Oasis HD Church, 11610 I Ave, Hesperia, California 92345. The recommended ages are teens and up. Donations will be $12 a ticket, 2 for $20, and 4 for $35. A website has been set up to help with the medical bills, www.kyleryanhunt.com.