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Celebs Announced for ‘Got Talent?’ Competition

February 23, 2010 9:10 pm Published by
Got Talent? a competition benefiting QSAC, a NY agency serving people with autism, has announced three new celebrities who are joining the Grand Finale Judging panel on May 24 at the Times Square Arts Center.   Don’t think Simon, Randy, and Paula (err… Ellen) QSAC’s Got Talent? got  Leslie, Ruth and John –  that’s funny man Leslie Jordan, (aka Beverly Leslie and Brother Boy) the sexy Dr. Ruth and stage and screen star, the Puppet Master John Tartaglia.

Leslie Jordan’s show My Trip Down the Pink Carpet debuts at the Midtown Theater on April 14th.  Leslie is the 2006 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of “Beverley Leslie” on “Will and Grace.” Television audiences will also know him for his recurring roles on “Ugly Betty,” “Boston Legal,” and “Reba.”  Film audiences will recognize Leslie from his performance as “Brother Boy” in “Sordid Lives’” with Olivia Newton-John, Delta Burke and Beau Bridges and the TV series of the same name.

John Tartaglia’s brand new Off-Broadway show Imaginocean will premiere at New World Stages on March 17th.  Tartaglia earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Broadway’s hit Avenue Q,  where he originated the roles of Princeton and Rod. Tartaglia was most recently seen on Broadway as Pinocchio in Shrek and  Lumière in Beauty and the Beast. He also recently created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series Johnny and the Sprites.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s bubbly personality, thick accent and frank advice about sex have made her a cultural icon according to Wikipedia.   Advocating sex education, Dr. Ruth started Sexually Speaking on the radio in 1980. While continuing her private practice, Dr. Ruth has dispensed advice on TV, radio, in newspaper columns and in books. You can download her iphone app at

They join: Rachel Hoffman, Bernard Telsey Casting; James Blueweiss, Owner of CBGB; Larry Burnett, President of Newfest and founder of AOL Music; Bruce Robert Harris, Producer;  Britney Houston, YouTube Sensation; Terri Klausner, Broadway Performer/Teacher; Brian J. Nash, Musical Director; Walton Nunez, Actor/Model; Jason B. Schmidt, Actor/Singer/Comedian and James Washington, Music Manager.

Got Talent? is currently accepting submissions from singers, musicians, comedians, poets, and magicians.  Semifinals will take place in April at the new eastside lounge Vig 27, ( while the Grand Finale will be at the Times Square Arts Center ( in May.  For more information visit or email

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‘Got Talent?’ Judged by Online Audience, Live Audience, and Industry Pros.

February 2, 2010 5:09 pm Published by

QSAC is announcing a talent competition where the winner will be selected by a live audience, the online community and Industry professionals. Got Talent? A Competition to Benefit Autism, is currently accepting submissions, awarding the winning contestant an entertainment package worth over $1,000!
The competition is searching for talent in categories such as: singing, dancing, music, comedy, poetry, magic and more. A committee of industry professionals will select artists to perform in front of a live audience on 3 Monday nights (March 29, April 5, April 26) at the new upscale lounge VIG 27 (119 E. 27 St., NY, NY).
“There is a great deal of undiscovered talent especially in a place like New York City” said Gary A. Maffei, Executive Director of QSAC. “What a wonderful opportunity for QSAC to expand its visibility and raise much needed funds for our programs.”
QSAC, one of the largest agencies dedicated specifically to autism and an award-winning organization, provides comprehensive services and programs to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families in New York City and Long Island.  Founded in 1978, QSAC today has 21 facilities in Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, and Nassau County. Over 2,000 people benefit yearly from its programs, including about 890 individuals who receive direct services. Many of QSAC’s participants represent challenging cases referred to QSAC by the Boards of Education and New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. All of QSAC services are geared towards providing people with autism with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead a more independent, productive and fulfilled life.
The Got Talent? A Competition to Benefit Autism finale will take place in May 2010 at a NYC venue TBD. Tickets range from $25-$100.
VIP seating and advertisement/sponsorship opportunities are also available. 
100% of the proceeds go to QSAC, Inc.  Competition rules, application forms, online application and tickets available at
Interested parties may contact  or call 212-244-5560 x 2005.


QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.