A lot of times, we all get caught up in purely the business aspect of doing comedy. It's a great feeling to make people laugh, but it's really hard to make money, so that becomes a focus. It almost becomes an obsession. It almost has to. Comedians get run over when it comes to making money, so we have to do what we can to pay the bills every time we step on stage. Luckily, Charleston has some people that stand out in helping us organize shows.
The Manahan Group helps us promote an annual show that raises money for Parkinson's Disease research. George Manahan and his associates help out with getting things set up and with advertising and this year Huntington Banks is sponsoring the show for us. It feels great to be doing a show that isn't centered around putting money in our pockets. Giving back to the community is something that never gets old. The No Pants Players do a lot of charitable things throughout the year, and it's always an honor to be able to share the stage with the rest of the troupe knowing that through simply doing what we do best, making people laugh, we are making the world just a little bit better.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation does great things for the world of research and fundraising for the doctors and scientists who work on curing this disease. Not only has Michael J Fox done some tremendous movies (if you don't like Back to the Future, something is wrong with you), but he has become a face in the fight against Parkinson's. My elderly neighbor was crippled with this disease towards the end of her life, so I saw first hand growing up what it can do to a person, to their body, and to their soul. The effects can be extreme, beyond just the shaking. I won't get into the disease, but use Google and you can learn a lot.
Tickets are only $15, and you can buy yours here. We also added a link, just in case you want to donate a little extra. So, come on out August 29th, at 8:00 pm, and enjoy some PG-13 rated improv comedy with the No Pants Players, and your truly. For the Facebook Event page, click the link, and be sure to go like the No Pants Players Facebook page to keep on paying attention for what all is going on in the central West Virginia area.