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Stand Up for Charleston
Jul 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| 20/25
Join Aparna Nancherla, Hasan Minhaj, Seaton Smith, Michelle Buteau, Guy Branum & more for a night of comedy to benefit Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and Project South, a leadership development group organizing for racial and economic justice throughout the South.
Hosted by Naomi Ekperigin
Music by DJ Chela
Produced by Moore + Associates
In partnership with GEER
Sponsors: Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Whitesmith Entertainment, Comedy Gives Back, L.O.C.A. – Ladies of Comedy Association, and Resource Generation
Seaton Smith is an actor and comedian who you may know from his role as “Motif” on FOX’S Mulaney. Vulture named him one of The 50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015, and he brought his skills to late-night with an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers. He has headlined shows across the country, performed at over 200 college campuses, as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.
Washington, DC, native Aparna Nancherla is brilliant! Her credits include Conan on TBS, @midnight and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, Fuse’s White Guy Talk Show, Vulture‘s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015″, Time Magazine‘s 140 Top Tweeters of 2014, Jezebel’s Comedy Queens of 2014, Time Out NY’s “10 Funniest Women in New York”, and Flavorpill’s “11 Essential Young Comedians in New York City”. She’s performed for audiences around the world at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, OutsideLands, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and too many other places to name!
Comedian/host/actor Michelle Buteau has been bringing her skills to the stage and screen for years. You can catch her weekday mornings co-hosting VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey. Her television stand-up appearances include the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Lopez Tonight, Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. In addition to her role as Private Robinson on FOX’s critically acclaimed series Enlisted, Michelle is also known as ‘The Crazy Girlfriend’ on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele and Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show.
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer, who you might know as the newest correspondent on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’. A featured storyteller for The Moth, Minhaj’s work has garnered acclaim in film, web, and television. He hosted the documentary special ‘Stand Up Planet’ produced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
KEVIN AVERY is a stand up comedian and a writer on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has also had the distinction of being the head writer on the critically acclaimed and criminally short FX original series,Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. His other television writing credits include VH1′s Best Week Ever. Kevin is also the writer, star and executive producer of the award-winning short film Thugs, The Musical.
Myq Kaplan is a 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, and many other shows. In 2014 he released his hour-long special Netflix special Small Dork and Handsome.
Naomi Ekperigin is a New York City based actor, stand-up comedian and writer who was recently named one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.” She has appeared on “The Nightly Show,” Sundance TV’s “The Approval Matrix,” VH1, MTV, and FX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Most recently Naomi worked as a staff writer on season 3 of Broad City and the upcoming Hulu Original Series Difficult People, starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner.
Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, the Charleston massacre and subsequent church burnings hit home for Chela. She sees racial justice as her life work, constantly seeking effective ways to be a white ally and mobilize the white community to dismantle racist patriarchy.
A modern day alchemist, DJ Chela mixes movements, communities and evolutionary patterns together like records. From a prolific DJ career traveling the world and working with luminaries, to dedicated spiritual and healing studies, to a breadth of artistic projects, Chela weaves together lineages of expression to inspire her audiences and engage their spirits. Chela has been making her imprint in clubs, radio, mixtapes, live shows and battles for over 10 years. In turntablism she earned the 2009 Winter Music Conference Spin Off battle runner-up, out of 36 competing DJs.