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York College show hopes to make ‘em laugh

By Graciano Clause

Something funny is going on in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College.

Well, event organizers hope audiences will be laughing when the 2016 LaffaHolics April Fool’s Comedy Show rolls into Jamaica Saturday night.

On tap for the show are some of New York City’s finest comics like Brooklyn Mike, Jon Laster, Marshall Brandon and more, said Bassin’s Interim Director Kwame Clarke.

LaffaHolics will include a live band, multiple DJs and comedians working in tandem.

“We’re doing this show in a way that we want people to come back as an annual comedy event,” Clarke said. “This is a full experience and not just comedic, but live music and comedy that I believe the audience will really appreciate.”

Ray DeJon, who is the promoter, will be presenting LaffaHolics to York for the first time.

DeJon is known for working with artists like Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, Tracy Morgan and Bill Bellamy. Despite this being his first show at York, DeJon expects an intimate environment that will be fueled with the audience’s attentiveness.

“A lot of people don’t know York College for its performances because they do stuff internally,” he said. “Regardless people can still expect to laugh whether they are familiar with it or not.”

The entertainment promoter said this event will be non-stop, high-pace comedy.

“Everyone is a headliner, each person is going to go harder than the next,” DeJon said.

The 10 comedians who will perform each have their own set of jokes and style that they bring to the table.

Meme Simpson, who is the only woman performing in the show, talks about sex from a female’s perspective. Damon Rozier is in a wheelchair and makes a lot of jokes about being in one. Hispanic comedian Imagine jokes about things in his unique Latino New Yorker way.

“Having a different perspective from different people is important,” DeJon said. “If you have a lot of comedians that all focus on one theme, then the event won’t be as good because you will have a lot of clashing and many of the jokes will the same.”

If you Go

LaffaHolics April Fool’s Comedy Show

When: Saturday, April 2, at 7 pm

Where: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica

Cost: $20 – $75

Contact: (718) 262-3750

Website: www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/performing-arts

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