The 7th Annual “Laugh Your Face Off!” comedy show was once again a huge success, raising over $430K for the Facial Pain Research Foundation, and bringing its 7-year total to $2.6M.

After going exclusively virtual in 2020, we welcomed back a very small in-person audience this year, while once again live-streaming the event worldwide. As of now, video of the show has been viewed over 10K times across multiple platforms.

LYFO Co-Creators Amy and Pat Tomasulo

The event was created by Amy and Pat Tomasulo in 2015 as a way to fight back- Amy has been suffering from trigeminal neuralgia since 2001. They are thrilled that even amidst a pandemic the last 18 months, people are still giving.

“Obviously we would love to get back to the old days of packing our venue with 700 people,” said Pat. “But the fact that the amount raised has not only not decreased the last 2 events, but actually increased is just incredible, and we are so humbled by the support people continue to show.”

John Vincent entertains the crowd

The night started with Chicago and LYFO favorite John Vincent singing the classics of Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Louie Armstrong and more. Then Pat opened the comedy portion with a short performance, followed by sets from comedians Jim Flannigan, Calvin Evans, and Chastity Washington. The final performer of the night was Kyle Ayers, a comedian AND TN patient. Kyle had a successful microvascular decompression a few months back, and spoke to the crowd about his extreme difficulties before the MVD, and why our research is so important.

Kyle Ayers performs

The crowd then got to see a video introducing Ruth and Ryan Nelson. Ruth is a TN patient, who, like many, has seen her life turned upside down by this disease. A portion of the video showed Ruth during a pain attack, the first time we’ve been able to show people what this often invisible disease looks like. Thank you to Ruth and Ryan for being transparent and open, and for making an incredible difference.

We hope to be back in person with a full live audience in 2022. We have already reserved the Park West in Chicago for Saturday, Sept 24, so save the date. If you are interested in donating to the event or becoming a sponsor, please contact Pat Tomasulo at