Laughter is the best medicine at Magic for McKenna benefit

You are on a first date; you’re wearing a sombrero, you’ve lost your voice and your trying to explain why you’ve brought along your pet iguana. Go.

Who doesn’t love improv comedy? Especially if it’s for a good cause.

This Sunday at 7 p.m. it’s improv comedy night at the Abbey Bar at the Appalachian Brewing Company. The Harrisburg-based improv comedy troupe the Oxymorons and the all-female troupe, No Artificial Sweeteners host the “Magic for McKenna” comedy show to benefit four-year old McKenna Speed who is suffering from leukemia. McKenna is the daughter of Sarah Speed and James Speed, an Iraq war veteran, from York.

The benefit show features improv comedy from the Oxymorons and No Artificial Sweetners as well as stand-up sets by Andy Shaw of the Oxymorons, Central PA-based comic Jared Horning and NYC-based stand-up Julie Kottakis.

“We all want to do anything we can for McKenna and her family,” Andy Shaw said. “McKenna has a great sense of humor, too. We’ll do our best to lift her family’s spirits as she goes through treatment this month.”

These guys are hilarious, so go out and have some laughs and support a great cause.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door, and additional donations will be accepted.
Can’t make it? Donate here.


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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