Awareness for ‘Relay for Life’ was brought on campus as Alpha Si Omega sponsored a comedy show, ‘Relay for Laughs’, last night to raise money for the big event this weekend.
Communications major Michael Mendez, a well-known comedian and actor at AMK, came up with the idea to hold the beneficial event in a way where he would have the opportunity to bring laughter.
“This has been an idea that I’ve had for a while and I wanted to use stand up comedy as a venue to raise money for charity,” said Mendez.
“I am an understudy for Alpha Si Omega and they were kind enough to put this together. I am real thankful for them helping me get one step closer really do what I want to do with my stand up comedy.”
Theatre majors Orlando Flores and Vanessa Jurado were the opening acts of the event and successfully befriended the audience.
“I was excited and I think I did good. We had good responses,” said Jurado.
The show was filled with jokes based on situations on families, friends, lovers, and even cockroaches.
“I’m not going to lie, but a bunch of the jokes I did tonight were just kind of spur of the moment and there were lots of moments where I had that the joke just came to me,” said Mendez.
With an audience of more than 30 people, the comedians were proud to see a great turnout for a good cause.
“I just wanted to do what I could to support people and I knew it meant a lot to Michael and others here,” said Flores. “I want to do my best to support in any way I can.”
The event contained laughter as well as emotion as the comedians spoke about their experiences with having loved ones with cancer.
“My grandpa and my great-grandma died of cancer and now one of my really close friends is a cancer survivor who just had his surgery,” said Jurado. “There was a lot of motivation doing this tonight.”
Mendez also spoke of his mother’s survival of cancer and grew a special bond with an audience who adored him.
“I was really happy with the crowd. They came to see comedy and were a real responsive audience who wanted to laugh. It was fun,” said Mendez. “A good crowd feels a good comedian.” If you missed last night’s show, not to worry. There is another performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the lab theatre in the Speech Building. Admission is $2 and refreshments will be available.