Ha-ha-Haiti: NY Comedy Show Aims to Raise Money For Huricane Relief

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.

A night of Haitian-centric comedy in Bedford-Stuyvesant later this month will try to raise spirits while raising money for that country’s hurricane relief efforts. Proceeds from “Laugh 4 Haiti, Cry 4 Haiti, Dance 4 Haiti,” happening at the Milk River lounge on Nov. 28, will go to grassroots organizations aiding the thousands of Haitians displaced by the destructive Hurricane Matthew, which heavily flooded the country’s southern region in early October. The Haitian-American organizer of the charitable laugh-fest says it will bring a light touch to a serious night.

“We’re going to tell a lot of jokes about Haitian culture and Haitian pride and strength — we don’t want to just talk about the sad stuff,” said Moses Merisier, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “We want to bring life into the people.”

The show will have three segments: a stand-up comedy set, an open mic session for storytelling and poetry, and a party with DJs and dancing. The night’s second portion will welcome audience members who need to share their feelings, Merisier said.

“Anyone can sign up for the open mic and be sentimental, and express their emotions regarding what’s going on,” he said. “For the most part we just encourage people to follow the theme of the show.”

All proceeds from the event will go towards three organizations: the Haitian Health Foundation, CapraCare, and Let’s Go Haiti. Merisier said that he chose the groups because they have a proven track record of aid work in Haiti.

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SOURCE: Brooklyn Paper – Alexandra Simon