Sure, stand-comedy works well in clubs. It’s fun laughing along with dozens of others.
But stand-up stands alone too. It’s fn to watch YouTube comedians and listen to Sirius comedy channels in your home and car.
Next Saturday (June 20, 8 p.m.), the annual “Stand Up for Homes with Hope” fundraiser becomes “Stand Up at Home.”
Of course, you don’t have to stand up to enjoy the stand-up of 4 top comedians. You can sit on your favorite sofa, surrounded by family and friends.
Together, you’ll laugh as hard as ever.
Cristela Alonzo — star of the ABC comedy that bears her name — headlines the show. She’s an inspired choice for an event benefiting Westport’s supportive housing agency: Until she was 8, she and her family were homeless. (Click here for her inspiring back story.)
Alonzo is joined by Roy Wood Jr., the host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series “This is Not Happening”; Hari Kondabolu, whose comedy album “Mainstream American Comic” debuted at #1 on iTunes, and Mark Normand, whom Jerry Seinfeld called “the best young up-and-coming comic” in 2019.
There are special appearances too by Staples High School graduate/”Dear Evan Hansen,” “The Greatest Showman” and “La La Land” composer/lyricist Justin Paul; Westport resident/former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, and 1st Selectman Jim Marpe.
Viewers will also see a compelling video. Westport filmmaker Livio Sanchez interviewed Homes with Hope residents. They tell remarkable stories.
Viewers have already registered from as far away as Hawaii, Japan and Switzerland. And — unlike a regular comedy night — there is no limit on the size of the crowd.
Though the evening is virtual, it has all the flavor of a live show. Homes with Hope director Helen McAlinden will be on stage with an auctioneer.
In other words, “Stand Up at Home” will be just like the organization’s other fundraisers — with one exception. The suggested donation is just $25. For that price, you can fill your living room.
And that’s no joke.
(For tickets and more information about the June 20 event, click here.)