Comedy Nights for a Cause raises much needed charity funds
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
Laughter resonated across the grounds of Sandbar Beachfront Hostel and restaurant, as for two nights, “Comedy Nights for a Cause” brought the jokes. Held on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, the event offered amusing entertainment to the island. With world-renowned comedic storyteller, Australian Jon Bennett headlining the show, the event was huge success, raising close to $5,000 for charity.
Organized by owner of SandBar and community activist, Brittney O’Daniel, “Comedy Nights for a Cause” benefited San Pedro Food Bank, Saga Humane Society and Ambergris Caye Elementary School’s special needs program. During both nights, patrons donated towards the charities via admission fees. General admission was at a minimum $10 donation, bar seating was at a minimum $15 donation, while VIP seating was at a minimum $25 donation.
Bennett was not the only one that brought laughter to SandBar, as both shows were opened by Olde English Comedian and owner of The Truck Stop, Ben Popik. With the assistance of Joe Chung, Popik’s humorous performance set the stage for a very entertaining show each night.
Friday’s show was titled “Pretending Things are a Cock”, which received a nomination for the Best Comedy by Just For Laughs (Montreal Fringe) and multiple awards by Uptown Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Hairline (in the United Kingdom), and Vue Weekly (in Canada). The title for Saturday’s show was “Fire in the Meth Lab”, which has received a rating of 5-stars by Sunday Mail (in Australia), Broadway Baby (in the United Kingdom), and Fringe Guru (in the United Kingdom). Bennett brought the house down with all those in attendance laughing the night away.
Bennet was pleased to be part of the comedy show in San Pedro. “Well, what a trip this has been! Thanks to ComedyAbroad for organising an amazing tour of Central America. All of the staff at Sandbar were so accommodating and people I’ve met in San Pedro are the most generous and lovely humans!” he said. Bennett thanked Brittney O’Daniel and Dawn Locascio for organizing a great time. “Thanks Ben Popik, Joe Chung, and Matt Hoy for all your help and for totally outdoing me in the funny department. Thanks to Jasmine and Andrew for letting me stay in their awesome place! I leave Belize with a heavy heart and a perforated ear drum from diving. My lack of hearing will remind me of what a great bunch you guys are! Thank you all so much! I hope to be back very soon!” commented Bennett on his experience in Belize.
Organizers would also like to thank everyone who came out and supported the show. 100% of the proceeds were divided between the three charities.
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