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Laugh to benefit Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel Church at a comedy fundraiser Wednesday

Naomi Ekperigin and friends want you harness your laughter for a cause. via Facebook
Naomi Ekperigin and friends want you harness your laughter for a cause. via Facebook

After the tragic, racist attack on churchgoers at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, you maybe have been left wondering how you could help the church and its parishioners. This week at least, you’ll be able to do something beyond getting into Facebook fights with those couple of friends who don’t think there’s anything wrong with the Confederate flag. This Wednesday, July 29, some great comedians are getting together at The Bell House for Stand Up For Charleston, a show that benefits Mother Emmanuel AME Church.

Given the plethora of free and cheap comedy shows in the borough, you know that we’re not ones to usually recommend seeing a show that will run you $20 or $25. In this instance though, even if there was a mediocre lineup Wednesday night, we’d tell you to consider going. You don’t have to worry about that though, because Wednesday’s lineup is freaking fantastic, featuring the likes of Aparna Nancherla, Guy Branum, Mulaney‘s Seaton Smith and more.

And it’s all put together and hosted by Broad City writer and conscientious comic Naomi Ekperigin, who told us that she’s doing the show to raise money to go towards the $3 million Mother Emmanuel needs to fix their roof, and towards racial and economic justice group Project South. All the money for the ticket sales will be going to Mother Emmanuel, no one involved with the show is doing one of those half stepping “30% of the profits” or whatever. So open your wallet on Wednesday and do something good with your laughter, beyond making a comedian reconsider just quitting everything and becoming an accountant.

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