As Spring approaches, it seems there are quite a few opportunities popping up for comedy fans to support good causes through laughter. East Tennessee comedy fans can use their laughter this month to help various causes including food banks, schools, community radio, nonprofit journalism, and more.
Here’s a look at a few shows on the March Scruffy City Comedy Calendar where your price of admission can do a good deed:
Friday, March 4
There are two shows in Knoxville this evening presenting comedy for a good cause. Henry Cho, a nationally famous comedian with appearances on film and television, returns to his native Knoxville for a fundraiser for the Knoxville Christian School. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40.
In addition, NBC-TV’s Last Comic Standing contestant Julie Scoggins is joined by Oak Ridge’s Josh Phillips to help raise funds through laughter for the Second Harvest Food Bank. The “Hunger Isn’t Funny, But We Are” show will be held downtown at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Tickets are $15. Update: The 7 pm show for Second Harvest Food Bank has SOLD OUT, so a second show has been added for 9:30 pm.
Saturday, March 5
It’s the first ever Knoxtacular! What is a Knoxtacular, you ask? Well, it’s a day-long variety show featuring local musicians, spoken word performers, historians, comedians, and other interesting folks performing in a live radiothon broadcast from the historic Bijou Theatre as a benefit fundraiser for Knoxville’s independent voices, namely: The Knoxville History Project, the Knoxville Mercury, and WDVX-FM. And, if you can’t be there in person, you can listen live on WDVX-FM (89.9 on your terrestrial radio locally) or online at WDVX.com. The show will include musical performances of bluegrass, rock and roll, opera, and more. There will be film clips shown from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Images and Sound. There will even be comedy. Victor Agreda, Jr., a Scruffy City Comedy stalwart is one of the emcees for the 7-hour extravaganza. Plus, comedians Matt Chadourne and Shane Rhyne will perform sets during the show. Check the Knoxtacular page on Facebook for a complete schedule and updates. You can attend the show for a $10 suggested donation, and you’re certainly invited to call in your pledge of support if you’ll be listening at home. Operators will certainly be standing by.
Thursday, March 24
Can laughter cure cancer? We don’t know, but it can certainly fight it. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life presents a comedy night at Carleo’s Nightclub and Lounge in Knoxville’s historic Old City. Host Nate Cate welcomes comedians Karen George, Danny Whitson, Kristine Kinsey, and Jim Seward to the stage for this good cause. Advance tickets are available for $10 each.
Thursday, March 31
Johnson City’s Next Door Comedy Night at the Acoustic Coffeehouse always serves as an open mic comedy show and fundraiser for various local causes. This month’s show is headlined by the Tri-Cities’ own Jessica Lane. Follow Next Door Comedy Night on Facebook for announcements from host Sam Rucker about this month’s and future charitable recipients. Tickets for the fundraiser show are $5 at the door.