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California Freethought Day


Our main event features live entertainment throughout the day, but be sure to check out our fundraising reception which also offers live entertainment.

Leighann Lord, Standup Comedian

Leighann LordLeighann is a veteran standup comedian who has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, The View, and in the Netflix Def Comedy Jam 25th Anniversary Special. She was named one of the 35 of the Most Hilarious Comedians of Diversity and received the AHA Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association. Her new comedy special - "I Mean Business" can be seen on Dry Bar Comedy.

Leighann is the author of several humor books including Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You've Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories from the Career of a Very Funny Lady.

She is the creator of the People with Parents podcast (where she talks about the role reversal between adult children and aging parents) and is a former co-host of StarTalkRadio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson. 

Leighann is currently host of the online lecture series, Skeptical Inquirer Presents. She is also a proud member of House Ravenclaw (with a dash of Slytherin), a dedicated Star Trek Fan, and a Cat Mom.

Follow Leighann on Twitter and Instagram (@LeighannLord), on YouTube (@LeighannLordComedy) or visit her website (

Leighann will be performing at our Supporters' Reception on Saturday and in the mid-afternoon on Sunday.

Abraham Steve Mackey, Musician

Abraham Steve MackeySteve, a zealous young theater major, gave up what may have been a promising career as an actor, to become "Abraham"… a born again, spirit-filled Pentecostal preacher espousing the virtues of the Christian faith in the mid 1970’s. Yet, after more than thirty-five years of trying to reconcile Christian beliefs with reality, Abraham and his wife, Mary, both said "enough is enough" and left the world of faith.

Today, Abraham does what he loves doing most by entertaining audiences with his singing voice, guitar playing, and sharing of stories and classic hits from the rich history of 1960’s and 70’s rock and roll. 

Follow Abraham on YouTube.

Abraham will be performing a set at our Supporters' Reception on Saturday and a song or two on Sunday.

Joey Fabian, Musician

Joey FabianJoey is a bassist, singer, composer, producer, coffee snob, and more. From playing bass with pop star Alana Davis, the Bartron Tyler Group, Paula Harris, and writing the score for the film “The Knock”, Joey's talents have taken him across all kinds of media and audiences.

Joey started The Skeptic’s Jukebox -- a compliation of covers from talent including George Gershwin, Monty Python, Willie Dixon, and Frank Zappa --  as a way to contribute to the skeptical community. "Songs of reason are a reason to sing," says Joey, who has performed at SkeptiCal Con, Darwin Day, NECSS, and at [Sacramento] Freethought Day in 2011. His video of Randy Newman’s "God’s Song" was featured at the San Francisco Atheist Film Festival.

Learn more about Joey at

Joey will be performing a few songs on Sunday.

Andy Swan, Uncle Sam

Uncle SamIt all began when Andy's oldest brother, George, taught him how to juggle back in 1966. At first Andy would visit the circuses just to see the jugglers, but once he saw what else the circus had to offer he fell in love. After high school he went off to join the DeWayne Bros. Circus in Oregon. During his year with them he learned just about everything there was to learn about circus life.

Andy will delight children and adults with juggling, balloon animals, magic, and all kinds of good-natured fun. 

Uncle Sam will be delighting our guests on Sunday in the afternoon, on the move through the crowd and exhibitor area.