This past Christmas was the first time I got to utilize my comedy as a form of charity. Granted, comedy is a lot like beauty and the beholder is the final judge of how "charitable" my act was. But, it was such a rewarding feeling. It was the first time that I had contributed something notable to a charity, and it paid me back ten fold. I don't' write this in order to make myself look benevolent or magnanimous, but rather to share in the awesome experience that comes from giving back to another human being from doing something you love. It's a win-win situation.
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My friend and DC Comedy: 4 Then comic Rory Scovel hosted a comedy show in our hometown of Greenville, South Carolina that benefited local charity Clement's Kindness. It was hands down the best thing I've done. We were able to raise a good amount of money (for two struggling comedians that is) for the Charity and I can't wait to do something like that in DC. It really really made me think how powerful the sense of humor can be. (And yes, this is a very, very sappy blog.)
This weekend I have the opportunity to perform for a charity event for the Military. I'm actually a little nervous. I don't really have any "military" material and since it is for the troops, I really want to do well. It's one thing to bomb in front of a paying audience and then to bomb in front of the defenders of freedom. I sorta feel like I owe them something, because I'm not fighting. I am not cut from that cloth. I'm a coward. I'm a comic.
Last night I talked to my dad (former Air Force Sgt. Major) about how in the world I could connect with these people. I needed a good ice breaker. I want these people to have a really good time and to not regret their decision of booking me and my friends. The more I prepare the more realized I get. I'm sure the show will go well and that the people will be appreciative no matter what. I'll post another blog about it next week.
Also, I'd love to hear about other opportunities for charity work that involves comedy. With so many organizations in and around the DC area, I'm sure there are opportunities just waiting for a good bunch of comics to snatch them up.