Today my blog will be about the Arc Alliance comedy night.
What do you get when you take a bunch of people inside of a firehouse, two comedians and of course, myself? Answer: you get the greatest night of comedy ever! Last Friday the ARC Alliance put on a comedy benefit to support the organization. I went to the benefit and today I’m going to tell you about my experiences.
The event was held at the King of Prussia Firehouse. There were food trucks serving dinner and I had a sausage which was very delicious! When we got into the venue, there were many tables set up for us. I was actually lucky enough to sit with Tim Lawrence, Carol Lawrence’s son. If you don’t know who Carol is, Carol is the special events coordinator. She is the one who runs around like a chicken with her head cut off, so that every single event that The Arc Alliance orchestrates, can run smoothly. Scott has a hard job, because he has to raise the money for the event, but without Carol, the event would just fall flat on its face.
So, after that little detour, back to the comedy night itself. At the very beginning, when Scott got up to give the opening spiel, I asked to promote myself. I talked about how I have a blog with The Arc Alliance and how I am starting the “What if…” campaign. I told people where one could find the blog and how to get started with the “What if…” campaign. I ended my speech with my signature tagline, “It only takes one person to change the world”. As I said in the earlier segment, there were two comedians. In addition to the opening comedian lacking humor, he turned horrible when he used the “R” word. When that word came out of his mouth, not a sound could be heard in the room. It was so quiet in that room, you could have heard a pin drop. Everyone’s jaw dropped, including my own. I was actually very offended and Scott was understandably disappointed. You would think that a comedian would know his audience, but unfortunately for this person, he did not. That caused him to fly off the handle. While we all make mistakes in life, this guy just decided to make the worst possible mistake at the worst time. The only thing that made his act funny was the fact that I chimed in. He had said if anyone’s from the Wilkes-Barre area, I will give you everything in my wallet. My response to that was, no I do not live in the Wilkes-Barre area, but I have grandparents that used to live there. His response was, “Okay, he gets the wallet.” My next remark was going to be, if I got it out in time, “Okay, where is the money?” ha-ha. His employment was terminated right after he was done performing because of his use of the “R” word.
The next act was the headliner and he was hilarious. You know how they say, play to your strengths, well that’s exactly what this guy did. He was a heavy set person so he played off of that. He described himself as a bell every time he looked at his shadow in the provided spotlight. I even chimed in once again. He had said towards the end of his act that it was time for him to go. My response to that was, “Okay, I got to go home and go to bed”. His next remark was, “You’ve got to eat pizza first.” My response to that remark had everyone rolling on the floor laughing, because I said, “Okay, if you’re buying”. I am sure he wasn’t expecting that one from me. At the end of the performances, everyone came up to me and said I was hilarious, and my response to them was, “I know”. After the performances were over, they had a 50-50 raffle. Carol’s son, Tim won a basket which he promptly shared with his mother, as he should. The moral of this story is, even though people sometimes make mistakes, you should not let those mistakes ruin the other event or your life. All around, it was a good night and I hope to do it again next year.
Before I go, here are your two questions:
If you were there, tell me how do you think I did. Secondly, now I want to get your remarks on the comedian who used the “R” word. What do you think about it? Was it handled in the right way or do you think he should have been able to keep his job? I am interested to read your response.
That’s about it. Have a good day, be kind to one another, and remember it only takes one person to change the world.
See you next week,