The community is invited to come out for a night of comedy for a good cause, as Houston comedian Crystal Powell hosts a Comedy Show/Birthday Bash at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Joke Joint Comedy Showcase at 11560 Fuqua St. in Houston.
Powell and an all female lineup of comedians, including headliner, Aida Rodriquez of NBC’s Last Comic Standing star, Zainab Johnson from BET’s “Hell Date,” Kiana Dancie of Bounce TV’s “Off the Chain,” and Tammy Anderson-Mooney will lend their unique blend of comedy to the show for a night of hilarious, non-stop laughs.
The talented comedians will pull out all the stops for a night of laughter benefiting a local charity that promotes suicide prevention in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Month and World Suicide Prevention Day in September.
Powell believes in the healing power of laughter and has appeared on ABC and Fox News to discuss the impact laughter has on one’s health and well being.
“As an African American, our culture often thinks that suicide isn’t something that we do; however, it is. I had a close friend whose sister committed suicide … that was my first time actually being that close to an incident like that, and it was devastating,” said the Texas-born native.
Humor serves as a catharsis for the pain and heartaches in Powell’s own life, a sentiment shared by other comics performing in the show. Rodriguez, a recent performer on Shaquille O’Neal’s All-Star Comedy Jam tour, used comedy as a release following her personal battle with anorexia and a painful divorce.
“Finding a reason to laugh has been the silver lining on the darkest of clouds from abuse to illness. I deal with the real stuff in life. I don’t tell jokes; I just tell my business. My show is about truth, values, healing and solutions,” said Rodriguez.
The night will culminate with a birthday bash in Powell’s honor at the Engine Room. Comedy show ticketholders are granted full access to both events.
The goal for the Crystal’s Comedy Corner host is to give show-goers a moment to celebrate life and laughter.
“If you’re not laughing, you’re not living because laughter heals,” said Powell.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the upcoming comedy show, visit crystalpcomedy.com. For media inquiries contact, Sarni Jaye at (757) 932-5446.